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Tester’s Month Story – When One Door Closes Another One Opens

Tester’s Month Story – When One Door Closes Another One Opens

3 years ago I was let go from a job that I had for over 10 years, due to corporate restructuring. This led me down the road of front end web development. I spent the next two years working a full-time job and going to school. Nearing the end of school, COVID hit 😔

Like many, my world got turned upside down. I did manage to finish school, but with an uncertain future. Then I received a call from a recruiter, wanting to know if I would like to be a Junior QA for a major retailer for about 4 -6 months.

After hearing the job description, I thought to myself, this could actually help me be a better developer. I did not realize that by accepting that position I would be lead into this awesome world of testing.

Almost two years later, COVID is running crazy, and things are still uncertain in the world outside. As we try and find some sense of normal, I have found myself now permanently in the world of testing.

After my contract ended after 14 months (and not 4-6 months) I once again contemplated my future and my career path. Do I go back to an IT support role? Do I go into advocacy? Do I pursue my development career path?

I still stayed connected with the testing community and realized this is what I wanted to do. There was and still is so much more to learn, and that I want to learn. I have always tried to live my life by the old saying: “when one door closes, another one opens” 🚪

The past year has been a testament to that. Without certain doors closing, I would not be here to share my journey with this awesome community. Karen Teboulleal, Meital Matsafi, David Goichman– just a few of the awesome people from the TestProject team. Always there to support, teach, help (even on the weekend), and of course create great content.

I went through this journey with Paurang Patel, Sabbir Ahmed, Timothy Schmitt and Flaka Mahmuti, even though sometimes I probably tested your patience more than I tested code. And Niranjan Limbachiya and Jayesh Wankhade, you guys are creating a great community for people to collaborate, share, and learn. Go check out their new website, and hit the join button.

I met Raj Subrameyer at my very first online testing conference (TestFlix), and he changed my life. You taught me how to skyrocket my career. I took the skills that I learned not only from that position, but also from the people I mentioned and also the testing community that I have become a part of.

Three weeks ago I accepted a new position as a quality assurance engineer. I am looking forward to helping my new company create processes and procedures around quality. Introduce new ideas and tools, including TestProject to the company 💫

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So keep an eye out for me, because I will definitely be around 😉

Ramona Saintandre

About the author

Ramona Saintandre

IT professional with a diverse background in many facets of the IT field. I have done field service work, both operational and helpdesk support in an enterprise environment.
My desired career path is to be an awesome Developer Advocate, my dream job title is a Happiness Engineer.
I specialize in Customer Service, HelpDesk Support, Server Hardware, Storage arrays, Microsoft operating systems, Frontend Web Development, Azure DevOps, Manual testing & API testing using Postman.

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