From Amateur to Top Tester in One Year
- Location: United States
- Specialty: Functional
- Experience: 1 year
- Languages: English
Aaron Weintrob joined uTest with the hope of making a few extra bucks for the occasional splurge purchase. It was a fun on-the-side project. Little did he know that uTest would soon become one of his main forms of income.
“It seemed like a game to me, hunt for what needs to be fixed, be the first one to do it, prove it and you get a small reward for it,” Aaron said. “Six months later I’ve trimmed back on my other jobs to focus more time on uTest.”
Before joining the uTest community Aaron had no formal testing training or experience. He had always been involved with IT and was passionate about quality assurance and technology and uTest seemed like the perfect low-stress way to develop a new skill in this field. He succeeded by applying the same work ethic to testing that he does in the rest of his professional life.
“I thoroughly read everything there was to get up to speed, paying especially close attention to reading everyone’s bug reports,” Aaron said. “This gave me ideas of the things that were most valuable to the customers and helped me avoid concentrating on areas that while technically may be bug, had little practical importance to the developer. By taking that approach my rating has remained high from the onset.”
That approach eventually lead Aaron to a gold tester rating and got him invited to be a Test Team Lead and an instructor in the uMentor program. He believes programs like uMentors, the uTest Community forums and the help of the uTest Community Managers, Test Team Leads and Project Managers gives testers everything they need to succeed.
“You have an amazing community of fellow testers and uTest employees whose job it is to help you,” Aaron said. “Try and get answers yourself, but know one of the greatest reasons for uTest’s success is that there is a community of people dedicated to helping each other out in the forums.”