In each job I am able to use the skills I have and learn the rest.
What do you do?
I work as Test Manager for software products, currently in medical industry. Together with programmers, the test team needs to make sure that we deliver a high quality product. My field is to organize the test team's work - to plan, prepare and run different scenarios in the application to check the quality. This is very often just acting as the application user to check if it is possible to use the application without problems.
Each day I need to make decisions - what should be included in the scope of our work, how many tests we need to run and who should do what - to make sure that we will be able to find all the important defects in the application before it goes out to the final user. The challenge is to continuously monitor changes in the application and the progress of our work. That makes my work very interesting.
Why did you choose this field?
To be honest everything happened a little bit by accident. I was working in different industry when I received a job proposal for a software tester position. I was not sure if this was for me but working in IT seemed to be an interesting change and I decided to give it a try.
After 2 years working as a tester I began as a Test Manager. I always had good organizational skills, and already had experience in managing teams. I studied Management and Marketing in University that helped me with the role.
Of course I was missing knowledge related to IT - I finished different courses, I learnt from others and I passed ISTQB certificates for the tester and test manager role. Now I am able to work on complicated and demanding projects. I also share my knowledge with others by participating in workshops, meet-ups and conferences to encourage others to expand their knowledge and to do things better.
What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?
"Now I know that there are no boundaries."
I always thought that technology is not for me and I didn't even think about working in more "technical" jobs. In each job I am able to use the skills I have and learn the rest.
Why do you love working in STEM?
You cannot be bored when working in the dynamic environment as IT is. And now when I have the possibility to work for medical software, I know that I can be part of a change that brings value for other people.
Best advice for the next generation
Don't be afraid if something sounds too complicated. You can do this and you can work on interesting stuff that influences others and the world around us.
And as my example shows - even if you are educated in other field - there is always a possibility to learn new things and take another path.
I remember my first reaction when I received the proposal to work as a software tester. My thoughts were - testing an application - sounds boring. Will I have contact with other people or I will be just spending time looking at the app? I am glad I decided to try and now I see how wrong I was.