November 9, 2016
Natural Born Tester?
I came to testing relatively recently and roughly halfway (hopefully anyway!) through my working life. Before I got into testing I was unaware of some of the qualities that make a good Tester, but inadvertently my experience and skills have prepared me for my career in testing.
I’ve always been inquisitive and my first degree was in History, which helped me form analysing and reporting skills.
I spent some time in Australia when I was younger, and despite my brushes with the spiders and snakes did a postgraduate diploma in IT when I came home in the hope of moving back there. This hasn’t happened unfortunately – yet – but it did give me an interest in the industry.
My first testing job was after working in the business for a number of years, so I could see from the end users’ perspective and usefully for a Tester understand my customer - as I was ‘the customer’ for a long time.
I’ve always enjoyed learning, although it was a bit of a shock to be back doing an exam when I sat my Foundation Level ISEB. There’s always new things to learn in software testing and it’s important to never stop learning, which is one of the reasons why I like my job. I also am really impressed with the importance Edge place on developing their with a minimum of five days training per year.
I’ve got a good eye for detail and, sadly, still get upset when I spot a spelling mistake in a newspaper or book. I used to work for a professional accountancy body where making mistakes could have big implications, so my experience there was invaluable.
I’ve been testing for almost three years now and with Edge for over nine months and have really enjoyed my time here so far. Being on client site through Edge has been a new experience for me as my previous roles were as an employee of the companies I worked for. It’s been a great experience so far, and I still feel very much part of the Edge team in addition to being part of the team on site. I think there is lots of scope to develop my career with Edge with the prospects and training on offer. Edge has a fantastic list of clients and I’m sure I’ll be able to gain some great experience through both my current and future assignments.
I don’t think it matters what your background is, if you can demonstrate the qualities of a good Tester you can enjoy a career in software testing. I think Edge is a great company to work for whether you’re starting out on your testing career in the Edge Academy, or an experienced tester whose looking to further your career.
By Malcolm Pope, Test Analyst, Edge Testing