Sarah

Analyst Tester

"The social side of working at Dorset Software is really good. There are weekly trips, all subsidised by the company."

University of York, MMath Mathematics

I saw the job at Dorset Software advertised online during my last year of university. I was studying Maths but had always been interested in IT so this sounded perfect. I filled in a brief online application and sent in my CV with a covering letter. I had a short telephone interview then was invited to an interview day in Poole. The interview was friendly and I was offered the job within a month of my first application, so the process was really quick!

I spent my first few months training and studying for my ISEB foundation software testing qualification. We’re always supported to study for further qualifications so I took my intermediate exam about 18 months later.

There isn’t really a typical day at Dorset Software. I could be planning tests for one project in the morning, then carrying out testing for a different project in the afternoon. I’ve also recently become involved in mentoring new testers. I enjoy working on lots of different projects, which has given me a wide range of experience in testing websites, desktop and mobile applications and databases. I really like getting to know a system, searching for bugs and ensuring that the quality of our products is as high as possible.

Roughly once a month I currently spend a week at a client site with a large company in London that provides pricing information, news and analysis to its clients. I test enhancements to an online reporting system. This is slightly different to most consultants who tend to work at client sites on full time contracts, but I enjoy the variety it brings.

The social side of working at Dorset Software is also really good. There are weekly trips to the pub plus this year I’ve been bowling, to a boat party and on a trip to the zoo, all subsidised by Dorset Software.

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