I saw the job at Dorset Software advertised online during my last year of university. I was studying Maths but had always been interested in IT so this sounded perfect. I filled in a brief online application and sent in my CV with a covering letter. I had a short telephone interview then was invited to an interview day in Poole. The interview was friendly and I was offered the job within a month of my first application, so the process was really quick!
I spent my first few months training and studying for my ISEB foundation software testing qualification. We’re always supported to study for further qualifications so I took my intermediate exam about 18 months later. There isn’t really a typical day at Dorset Software. I could be planning tests for one project in the morning, then carrying out testing for a different project in the afternoon. I’ve also recently become involved in mentoring new testers. I enjoy working on lots of different projects, which has given me a wide range of experience in testing websites, desktop and mobile applications and databases. I really like getting to know a system, searching for bugs and ensuring that the quality of our products is as high as possible.
Roughly once a month I currently spend a week at a client site with a large company in London that provides pricing information, news and analysis to its clients. I test enhancements to an online reporting system. This is slightly different to most consultants who tend to work at client sites on full time contracts, but I enjoy the variety it brings.
The social side of working Dorset Software is really good. There are weekly trips to the pub plus this year I’ve been bowling, to a boat party and on a trip to the zoo, all paid for by Dorset Software!