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My journey so far as a Software Tester

Updated: May 1

This is the journey of Iziren Chima. He is an ASTQB CTFL-certified test engineer with over five years of experience as a QA software tester. Iziren graduated from the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Nigeria, in 2010.

For two years, Iziren struggled to secure a job. He began teaching because he enjoyed it, but after getting married, he knew that his income was insufficient to support the family. Therefore, he had to re-strategize and seek a new source of income to meet their needs.

However, a turning point came when a friend introduced him to the opportunity of becoming a software tester. It was a milestone of his life. The promise of significantly higher pay ignited Iziren's curiosity, prompting him to delve into the world of software testing. It was over 500% more than what he earned as a teacher. With determination and a thirst for knowledge, he immersed himself in research, eager to understand the intricacies of the field. He began researching software testing. Who is a software tester? What do software testers do? How can I become a software tester in two weeks to pass the interview? Everything stood still, and he focused on more research. He was very enthusiastic about the software testing field.

During his exploration, Iziren found invaluable guidance from mentors like Neeraj Kumar Singh, Raghav Pal, and Valentine, who played pivotal roles in shaping his understanding of software testing. Recognizing the importance of communication, he even made efforts to learn Indian English to better grasp the nuances of the subject matter.

Joining the Association of Nigeria Software Testers (ANSTESTERS) in 2019 provided Iziren with a supportive community and further opportunities for growth. His journey took a significant leap forward when he secured a contract with a fintech company, eventually leading to a permanent position as a QA tester at Swifta Systems and Services.

Iziren's own words:

"After the initial four-month contract, I returned for another three-month contract. At this point, I knew he needed a permanent, full-time job. In 2020, Swifta offered me a full-time position as a QA tester, and I hit the ground running. I had a secured job from a fintech company (Swifta Systems and Services) and was seconded to MTN Nigeria. For the first time, I stayed in a five-star hotel (Intercontinental Hotel). That night, I couldn't sleep because I knew I couldn't go back as a mathematics and science teacher."

Today, Iziren stands as a Senior QA Test Engineer at one of Nigeria's leading banks, a testament to his perseverance and dedication. But his journey doesn't end there. Fueled by his passion for teaching, he has taken on the role of mentor, guiding over 20 junior QA testers through his online mentorship program, QA Testers Squad.

Throughout his journey, Iziren remains deeply grateful to the various learning platforms, mentors, and individuals who have supported him along the way. He would like to give his gratitude and special thanks to all learning platforms like YouTube videos, Udemy learning, Linkedin learning, ChatGPT, and all those I met along the way, including my Cypress mentors Bhadmus, Raghav Pal, Filip Hric, and others.

Iziren said that my objective is to keep learning and continue exploring new depths.

With the commitment to continuous learning and exploration, Iziren's story serves as an inspiration to all aspiring professionals, reminding us of the power of determination, resilience, and the pursuit of knowledge.

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