Non-IT Specialists Who Have Shifted to Software Testing. Part 1

Landing the position of a software tester is one of the best options to start career in IT. Nowadays QA specialists are of high demand in both IT companies and organizations with their own software development department.

Therefore, even newcomers do not experience obstacles while job hunting.

But the first objective is to learn the basics and gain practical experience in solving common work tasks.

How can I become a software tester?

Nowadays universities prepare software testing specialists. However, five years is too much for getting a new profession, no? Moreover, the cost of training is high.

Thus, Software Testing Course by QA Academy is a real opportunity to become a professional in two month with considerable cost savings.

In QA Academy we’ve prepared more than two thousand software testers and believe us – anyone can become a professional, regardless of the previous education or working experience.

To prove our words we have talked to graduates of our Academy whose previous working experience is far from IT. Nevertheless, they are working in software testing right now. We have asked them the same questions and that’s what we found out.

Polina, a historian.

What was your previous job?

I worked as a secretary in high school. I managed the documents, organized the daily schedule of the headmaster and managed profiles of students. In addition, I prepared regular reports for the parent committee. I also was engaged in providing office supplies.

Why did you decide to change your profession?

I lost interest in my job. I realized that I had no prospects in this organization. Each day I fulfilled the same tasks that did not require further development. I wanted to be surrounded by young and enthusiastic people, but the situation was completely different.

Why did you choose to become a software tester?

I have had a keen interest in the sphere of IT since childhood. What’s more, I am computer literate and I’ve always strived for perfection due to my scrupulousness. The creation of new and useful software that will simplify people’s lives has always been my passion.

Why did you select QA Academy?

QA Academy was the most suitable option for me. A certificate at the end of the course became one more vivid advantage. The opportunity to join the evening group was a determining factor, as this time was the most suitable for me.

Could you please describe the educational process? What were the major bottlenecks? Did the tutors help to overcome them?

The main topics were taught in the form of lectures. Presentations and real-life examples provided by the tutor helped to learn new information quickly and easily. The main difficulty was about preparing homework. However, our tutors helped us resolve all disputed issues.

What project are you currently working on?

I’m involved in testing the online platform for renting business premises in the UK.

Do you have any regrets concerning you career change?

I have no regrets. I have changed my life, moved to the capital and found new friends. I have already enlarged my expertise. I feel satisfied to perform something useful and important.

Anna, an economist.

What was your previous job?

For the past 12 years I have worked as Foreign Economic Activity manager.

Why did you decide to change your profession?

I have two graduate degrees. However, after the maternity leave I understood that I had no interest in my previous work, because there were no prospects for further development and growth, as the company was on the verge of bankruptcy. I have always considered the IT sphere to be an island of economic stability and political independence.

Why did you choose to become a software tester?

When it came to changing the job, I began to study the labor market. As I often came across IT specialties I decided to dive into software testing. The main reasons for that included the prospects of career growth, creativity of the profession, decent salary and the possibility of changing the direction in IT sphere.

Why did you select QA Academy?

I was searching among the largest companies who had a well-established freshmen training system and could boast of numerous projects to dive into. QA Academy was the best option.

Could you please describe the educational process? What were the major bottlenecks? Did the tutors help to overcome them?

Yulia Apanasovich was my tutor. She presented the information in a user-friendly and comprehensible manner.

What project are you currently working on?

I am to ensure the quality of software products for an airline company.

Do you have any regrets concerning you career change?

No, I never look back. Having enrolled to the courses, I became certain once again that I had made the right choice. QA Academy is a great place to start. It offers many projects, high-quality training, development, growth and a friendly team. That is exactly what you need for a confident start and passion for your job.

In the next article we will talk with the representatives of two more professions to find out whether they have any regrets concerning career transition.

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