TestBash Revisited - Setting Sail into the Great Unknown: How I Got Started in Testing from a Non-technical Background - Mike Clarke

Mike Clarke
Mike Clarke
TestBash Revisited - Setting Sail into the Great Unknown: How I Got Started in Testing from a Non-technical Backgroun...

In this session, we will be revisiting Mike Clarke's talk from TestBash New Zealand 2019. Mike will join us on stage for a chat whilst we watch the talk and discuss what was said back in 2019 and what could have changed since then.

 

In a dark, windowless room hidden in a top-secret facility in the middle of a military compound, I was faced with two choices – stay where I was and risk missing out on key moments in my children’s lives, or leave the safety and security of the job I knew and leap into the unknown, risking everything.

Well, that all sounds a bit dramatic!

My talk is about how I went from being a Communications Warfare Specialist for the Royal New Zealand Navy (with no experience in software, let alone testing), to launching into a career in testing and becoming an active member of the software testing community in Auckland.

I’ll tell tales of uncertainty and success, and then leave you with some tips on how to make progress in your testing career.