Career Map of a QA Automation Engineer
In the tech world, ensuring that the product you offer is top-notch is on the high-priority list. Without prior testing, you’re risking your product’s quality level, which in turn can damage your reputation and ultimately, the relationship with your clients.
This is where the Quality Assurance Engineers come into play. To put it shortly, they test and find bugs, analyze test results, and prevent damage by collaborating with the developers. It’s an interesting career path for a curious person with a problem-solving mindset. To explore the profession furthermore, we reached out to Bozhidar, one of our QA Engineers from #SingularSkopje. He shares his career journey and the skills that are essential for this position, so if you’re interested in starting a career as a QA Engineer, read along!
What’s your Singular story? Tell us a little bit more about you, your education, and how you started doing your job.
Well, my name is Bozhidar, born and raised in Skopje. I’m a big fan of science fiction, especially of the Star Wars universe. Some of my hobbies include reading books and listening to music. As for my Singular story, it began 2 years ago. Originally, I applied for a different position, but after the initial interviews, it was decided that I am a better fit for the QA position to which I agreed and with that my Singular journey started😊
Which technologies are you working with?
I am mainly working with Java language. We are writing our automation tests in Java using the TestNG framework and RestAssured library, in addition to Java, I am using MySQL on daily basis for searching and filtering data, also working with the Postman tool which is used to send messages written in Json and Graylog which is a tool for monitoring.
The most challenging part of your work?
One of the primary responsibilities of a QA Engineer is to develop, test, and deploy automated solutions that find bugs in the products we build. Every day, we confront the task of detecting bugs. Catching the most elusive and evasive bugs sometimes takes a lot of patience and repetitive work. We discover even the most difficult to uncover bugs by automating the QA process.
The most important skill a person should develop to be successful in this role?
You should, in my opinion, develop more than one skill. The most significant ones that I believe are helping me improve in my position are attention to detail, persistence, patience, and thinking outside the box. The combination of all three qualities results in a great QA engineer. You may wonder why all three? When it comes to finding bugs, attention to detail is essential. You must also be persistent, continuing to work even when things do not appear to be going your way. Finally, if you don’t think beyond the box, you might not be able to find what you’re looking for.
Even though automating processes can ease our every day lives, creating the automation test requires a lot of creativity and thinking outside of the box. If you think that one of the skills is thinking out of the box, check out our open positions.
Thanks to Bozhidar for sharing his experience and scroll down below to see his career map.