Decode your power
Graduate Ewelina Sierżańska about her career change
How I became a software tester - Ewelina's story
Everything changed when I decided to start my own online shop. It was a very complex project. Order forms, product pages, photo previews - after all, every element of the shop had to work perfectly. As you know, in small businesses the owner has to know everything.
For this reason, I started testing the shop website myself and slowly delved into the ins and outs of IT. It then became clear that I was enjoying this a lot more than the sales itself.
The shop was largely based on very repetitive tasks. Testing was different - each new functionality required a completely different perspective. Improving, refining and developing the site became my passion.
After some time I started to see more and more advantages of working in the IT sector and I decided to change my career path
I decided to broaden my experience with shop testing with theoretical knowledge and complete the Manual Tester course at Coders Lab school. I chose to do the course remotely, as onsite courses were not available in my city.
At first, I was a little worried that the remote course would not be very effective. However, it turned out that I was very wrong. The course was extremely intensive. I managed to master the ISTQB Foundation Level in just a few weeks, and I passed the exam on the first try!
It certainly required a lot of self-motivation and regularity to complete the course, as a large part of it was based on my own work. SQL was a bit of a challenge for me, as it was the first time I had encountered it during the course. I was positively surprised by the activities with the group and the lecturers. They were not just listening but took the form of workshops in which the students actively participated.
I felt completely as if I was sitting in a lecture hall and not in front of a computer screen.
The lecturer' job search advice was also a super bonus. Their tips made me go into a job interview much calmer.
I found my first job as a tester very quickly - the first CV I sent out turned out to be the lucky one
At the moment I work for a company that implements IT projects for a foreign partner. I test both websites and mobile applications. This job gives me a lot of satisfaction - I learn something new every day.
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