My career started in Customer Services, then I moved to the User Acceptance Business Team and then I became a full Quality Assurance Engineer. In previous companies, I have managed both front-line Customer Service teams and QA Teams.
Behind every great software developer is an equally great tester. Once a product reaches a certain point in its development the developers must hand it over to the tester to see if it works (or not).
Testing plays an important role in the development of new IT programmes, to ensure that the product is fit for purpose. I think my natural curiosity and apparent innate ability to break things (ask my team how many times I have broken the coffee machine) makes me a good tester.
What were your first few weeks like with Fasthosts?
I joined Fasthosts in September 2013 and the first few weeks in the office were great. Then, one fateful Sunday, I had a horse riding accident. I broke my ankle, my tibia was crushed and my fibula was fractured vertically and horizontally – now it has a plate and several screws holding it all together, and my tendons are still in recovery. Anyway…what can I say about Fasthosts? They were amazing. The support I had from both company and colleagues was great considering my short time at the company. I will never forget the fact that they arranged for me to work from home, or their support over the year I was recovering.
Behind every great software developer is an equally great tester.
How has your career developed with us?
Since being with Fasthosts, I've become a Lead QA Engineer and have enjoyed contributing to the building of a really good Agile Development team – with people who are up to the challenge and who can produce quality code as a team. I also enjoy mentoring, and helping to develop QA skills within the company.
What motivates you to further your career with Fasthosts?
I love the fact that Fasthosts has a great work life balance, and the people make all the difference. There is such an eclectic mix of people that I never have a dull day in the office. I can honestly say I have never woken up and thought, “Oh no, work today...”
Is there anything else you think might be of interest to new starters?
We have great people within the company. Great social options include games nights, and we even have a running club that caters for all capabilities (we’ve already participated as a company in a race). And as someone else has certainly mentioned, the barista-grade coffee machines are a great bonus.
"As a Linux systems engineer we're given problems and expected to come up with solutions to those problems."