From nature conservation biologist to QA Specialist
You may think of a typical intern as an IT-graduate in their early 20’s. Well, you’d be surprised how different our interns’ background is here at Reach-U. Their stories are true evidence that regardless of your education or career background, what truly matters is your inner motivation and willingness to learn and grow continuously.
Ann joined Reach-U as a QA intern a few months ago. Who would’ve thought a year ago that examining the life of bugs in nature will soon be replaced with chasing bugs in software applications!
Doing an internship with real work experience was my plan for testing out the idea to turn my career around once more (last time it was from a civil servant to nature conservation biologist).
It might seem that moving from biological research to software testing is a bit of a leap, but with interest, determination, transferable experience, and a supportive team, it is actually doable! Scientific research has very much in common with testing: gathering and analyzing previous documents, evaluating used data, methods, and results, and finally, communicating found ambiguities and defects.
Learning resources for a background in software development and testing are abundantly available but learning does not stick without practice. So, I gathered advice from my friends in the industry and applied for apprenticeships in companies whose products and work environment appealed to me. In Reach-U we agreed on a mutually beneficial plan, and by next Monday I was one of them! Learning the ropes was intense, but that was the intention. Soon I was able to ask questions which turned into bug tasks. One of my first assignments was testing a solution that digitalizes licencing of health care providers – comparison with requirements, checking the design, assessing accessibility, and overall exploratory testing. My previous experience as a solo tester made me appreciate even more the dynamically intertwined development team in Reach-U.
As for testing my idea to become a tester – passed – now I am a Junior QA Specialist! Looking for bugs proves to be a transferable skill!