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How did I become a QA Expert? Martina’s career path with us.

Our employees are our strength. That is why our priority is to provide them with enough space and support to develop their skills and become an experienced QA Tester or Test Manager. Martina’s has been part of our team for 2 years and she is an amazing example that you can move to a senior tester position in such a short time.

In this interview, you will learn more about her career at Krone Consulting and her path into the world of IT.

,,Hi there! My name is Martina and I’m working as a Technical Test Analyst at Krone Consulting. I graduated from pharmaceutical faculty and was working in this field for several years, realizing that maybe this was not what I really wanted to do in my life. Later, on maternity leave, I finally decided to make a change and started to study new things in my free time. With two small active children at home it was not easy but also not impossible.”

Martina

Technical Test Analyst at Krone Consulting

Why did you decide for the IT field and why testing?

I always liked IT, since I was a child. I was learning some programming languages as a hobby. It’s a dynamic and creative field and it’s almost impossible to know everything about it. That’s what I like most. There’s still much to learn and discover. For me, testing was the most natural way to enter this industry.

What was your first experience as a Software Tester?

 First, I achieved my official “ticket” to the testing world – the ISTQB FL certificate, and then, I sent my CV to some companies which were looking for testers. With no previous experience I didn’t match the requirements, so I was not very optimistic about that. After a short time, I was invited for my first interview at Krone, which was practically also the last one. I got the offer to work for that company and I’ve been working there till now.

How was your career path after joining Krone?

 I started with an essential onboarding and some useful trainings. About three weeks later I got my first project at a bank. I worked there as a test engineer on the CRM project. After that, I received an opportunity to work as a test analyst on a project aimed on lending products.

  

What have you learned during your career at KRONE as a tester?

 I learned very much, practically everything I know about testing now. Step by step I’m improving and gaining skills. Thanks to my great colleagues, this path is pleasant, exciting, and I enjoy it a lot. Currently, I’m studying for the ISTQB AL certification exam.

What is your project now?

 At the moment, I’m waiting for a new project. It should be based on automation testing using mainly Robot Framework and Python.

  

What does your normal working day looks like?

It’s difficult to generalize. My tasks are variable, and they always depend on current priorities and the project phase. Every day I communicate with stakeholders – business, vendors and developers about actual topics. Then I usually analyse documentation, create test cases, execute tests, retest fixed defects and so on.

What do you enjoy most about work?

I really enjoy being a part of something big and important. Delivering a functional and reliable product to the client is a long and challenging way and I feel proud to be one of the people who are working on that.

How do you feel at KRONE?

I like the family atmosphere at Krone so much, it’s always a lot of fun meeting my colleagues. There’s a good mood in our office, and we often organize after-work activities together. I also appreciate the possibility to work from home.

What do you like to do in the future?

 If we are talking about work, for sure I would like to develop myself and learn more. I hope to try different projects and improve my skills as much as possible.

What would you recommend to those people that intend to grow professionally in testing?

I would recommend to everyone who is thinking about switching the career: Just do it. It’s never too late and nothing is impossible. There are various ways how to grow professionally in IT and testing. On the internet you can find a lot of trainings of a high quality and useful information.

 

We know that your hobby is traveling, where have you been, what is your favorite place and what next place do you plan to visit?

 That’s true, travelling is my passion. I like exploring new places, I’ve already visited more than 35 countries. I have no favourite place, but if I had to choose “my bests”, I would say that I love Iceland and Norway for their wild nature, and Italy for its food, language and mentality of the people there. I have no plans where to go next yet, but for sure I’ll take the very first opportunity to get away for a while.

 

Written by Ivana Pristačová

Why did you decide for the IT field and why testing?

I always liked IT, since I was a child. I was learning some programming languages as a hobby. It’s a dynamic and creative field and it’s almost impossible to know everything about it. That’s what I like most. There’s still much to learn and discover. For me, testing was the most natural way to enter this industry.

What was your first experience as a Software Tester?

 First, I achieved my official “ticket” to the testing world – the ISTQB FL certificate, and then, I sent my CV to some companies which were looking for testers. With no previous experience I didn’t match the requirements, so I was not very optimistic about that. After a short time, I was invited for my first interview at Krone, which was practically also the last one. I got the offer to work for that company and I’ve been working there till now.

How was your career path after joining Krone?

 I started with an essential onboarding and some useful trainings. About three weeks later I got my first project at a bank. I worked there as a test engineer on the CRM project. After that, I received an opportunity to work as a test analyst on a project aimed on lending products.

  

What have you learned during your career at KRONE as a tester?

 I learned very much, practically everything I know about testing now. Step by step I’m improving and gaining skills. Thanks to my great colleagues, this path is pleasant, exciting, and I enjoy it a lot. Currently, I’m studying for the ISTQB AL certification exam.

What is your project now?

 At the moment, I’m waiting for a new project. It should be based on automation testing using mainly Robot Framework and Python.

  

What does your normal working day looks like?

It’s difficult to generalize. My tasks are variable, and they always depend on current priorities and the project phase. Every day I communicate with stakeholders – business, vendors and developers about actual topics. Then I usually analyse documentation, create test cases, execute tests, retest fixed defects and so on.

What do you enjoy most about work?

I really enjoy being a part of something big and important. Delivering a functional and reliable product to the client is a long and challenging way and I feel proud to be one of the people who are working on that.

How do you feel at KRONE?

I like the family atmosphere at Krone so much, it’s always a lot of fun meeting my colleagues. There’s a good mood in our office, and we often organize after-work activities together. I also appreciate the possibility to work from home.

What do you like to do in the future?

 If we are talking about work, for sure I would like to develop myself and learn more. I hope to try different projects and improve my skills as much as possible.

What would you recommend to those people that intend to grow professionally in testing?

I would recommend to everyone who is thinking about switching the career: Just do it. It’s never too late and nothing is impossible. There are various ways how to grow professionally in IT and testing. On the internet you can find a lot of trainings of a high quality and useful information.

 

We know that your hobby is traveling, where have you been, what is your favorite place and what next place do you plan to visit?

 That’s true, travelling is my passion. I like exploring new places, I’ve already visited more than 35 countries. I have no favourite place, but if I had to choose “my bests”, I would say that I love Iceland and Norway for their wild nature, and Italy for its food, language and mentality of the people there. I have no plans where to go next yet, but for sure I’ll take the very first opportunity to get away for a while.

 

Written by Ivana Pristačová