Transitioning into QA- what I did to get there

It’s been over two years since I first wrote about how the Women at Silicon Roundabout conference inspired me to finally take action, so I thought it would be a good time to update how I’m getting on.

Michelle_Transitioning-into-QA--what-I-did-to-get-there_FBSetting myself goals
First up, I stuck with my learning roadmap. Go me 👏

This included:

  • Completing a Software Testing Fundamentals Udemy course in Software Testing. 
  • Studying and passing the ISTQB Foundations exam. I found the syllabus and exam quite outdated, but I’m glad I did it. It helped me to learn more about the foundation/ basics. Setting myself a challenge to pass the exam was quite rewarding.
  • Completing an online User Acceptance Testing course. I would have preferred to do this in a classroom-style learning course but this was not available. This course was fine, I just would have preferred more exercises and examples - as it was mainly theory.

Learning by doing

One thing that I didn’t stick to was monthly blogging. But the main thing that helped my learning path was Red Badger supporting me learning on the job. I was able to take time out of my Delivery Lead role to shadow a Senior Test Lead on a client project twice a week where I assisted with manual testing and completed automated testing exercises. Learning on the job has been the most valuable part of the process. There’s only so much theory you can learn but for me, doing ultimately is what cements my learning. 

Since returning from maternity leave in 2020, I moved to a Junior Test Lead role (I was originally hired as a Delivery lead) and I’m again working alongside another Senior Test Lead role on a client project.

On the side, I’ve also completed several Codecademy courses (JavaScript, Command Line and Git), a Cypress tutorial, Ministry of Testing Software Testing Essentials  course and I play around with these Testing Challenges to practice exploratory testing. 

To wrap up, I am very proud of the progress I’ve made in the past year and want to shamelessly and publicly thank Red Badger for supporting me in this. Not only for agreeing to the move from delivery leading to software testing but if I did everything as a lone wolf and in my own time, it would have made it very difficult to stay motivated.

Also want to move into QA but don't know where to star? Ping me a DM if you'd like to chat.

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