Ever wondered what it takes to become a manual tester? If you’re thinking of forging a career for yourself in this competitive but exciting market, why not read Viki’s story?
As a Senior Manual Tester here at Digital Natives, Viki is a regular contributor to our blog, so we asked her to write one about what it takes to succeed in her role, and how she climbed the ladder in the digital industry. You can enjoy it here:
“Hi, I’m Viki. I’ve got seven years industry experience, but digital testing was never what I had planned for my career. I studied tourism and economics at college, whilst working in a stationery shop and like many graduates, I struggled to find a job after graduating. As luck would have it, a friend introduced me to an IT company, and I started work in the content monitoring team – which I guess is where it all began.
Over the years, I’ve enjoyed working in several different teams across a number of different disciplines. This variety means that I have tested a range of very different products, from mobile apps on Symbian OS, to a Korean payment system (KCP), a Nigerian SMS system, a Latin dance event website and even a laboratory data recording system. Variety is important when you’re climbing the ladder in an industry which utilizes lots of different up and coming softwares. It shows that you are versatile in your learning and able to apply your skills to a raft of different applications.
To formalize what I have learned, I studied for an ISTQB Foundation Certification in Software Testing and after lots of hard work, I’m comfortable working within a range of different methodologies (Scrum, Kanban, Lean, Agile). I also studied a little bit of facilitation, which is pretty helpful even in my daily work.
My favourite part of what I do is the documentation – It may sound strange but I love it, whether it’s writing test cases or acceptance criteria.
The beauty of working in an ever-evolving industry is that there is always something new to discover and learn. I’ve recently developed an interest in automation testing and I’d like to expand my knowledge in this area.
When I’m not at work, I spend my bug free time with my boyfriend and our pets. I’m a big fan of watching any kind of horror movie and I love discovering new places.”
Want to hear more from Viki?
Viki has written posts on how to create an effective bug report and what you can learn from campaign tracking and how to use it. If you have a question that only a Senior Manual Tester could answer, get in touch with Viki here.