My undergraduate thesis project involved the study of using a virtual reality environment to model chemical reactions, and entailed some basic coding and software testing activities. I had also gained some IT experience through my customer service work with EE, where I helped customers configure their new devices and solved issues with their current ones. Combining all this with my own personal interest in technology, led me to apply for the Analyst Tester role at Dorset Software.
You begin your first few months training; learning some programming such as C#, HTML and CSS, then going through the tester training, and eventually taking the ISTQB Foundation Level Certified Tester exam. After that, I went to one of our client sites where I had the amazing opportunity to develop my Automation Testing skills. The training is fantastic, and you can end up a competent IT consultant after just a few months.
There’s a wide range of things to be working on, and no two weeks are the same. There is client project work and internal development project work, that both require Testers to test the delivered systems. It’s a really important role because you’re the front line against defects getting into the system.
Following my client assignment and some further in-house project work, I decided to switch streams to become a Solutions Analyst; this is a more commercially focussed role and involves lots of communication with clients, which is an element I really enjoy. This also gave me the opportunity to be a bit more local to Poole; the travel that comes with going to client sites is stress free thanks to our wonderful Logistics department, but I do adore the scenery of Poole and Dorset – so it is nice to be around a bit here more. Places such as Chesil Beach, Hamworthy Beach, and Durdle Door are wonderful for summer and winter walks.
The social life is great, there is our weekly Which Pub, where a different pub is picked each week for a collective Friday evening visit. Bournemouth is also great, with lots of shops, bars, restaurants, and the famous beaches!