Finding a New Calling
- Location: United Kingdom
- Specialty: Load, Usability, Functional; Web & Mobile
- Experience: 2 years
- Languages: English
Paul Teasdale spent 10 years in the insurance industry before he decided to start over and follow his longtime dream of becoming a software developer. Then he found uTest.
“I heard about the uTest community when searching on the Internet for practical ways I could put what I was learning in my computing degree to good use,” Paul said. “I always imagined I would be involved in the development side of things, but uTest has turned my main focus towards testing. I got involved in a project early on, sent off my first bug report with some trepidation and, like a man with a broken neck, never looked back since.”
During his first test cycle Paul developed his method of patience and dedication in his pursuit of bugs. Paul only accepts test cycles when he has time to dedicate to the project and thoroughly reads the test scope and previously logged bugs to ensure he produces quality work. In addition to ensuring he doesn’t submit duplicate bugs, Paul finds reading each tester’s submissions a great way to pick up future testing tips. But having a clean slate is his favorite testing scenario.
“I probably enjoy the web testing most of all, particularly where the out of scope section just says no duplicates,” he said. “A free run at a previously untested site gives you a real chance as a tester to flex your muscles and show what you have got.”
Paul’s thorough dedication to his new industry earned him a 2011 uTester of the Year Award and he credits uTest with setting him on a new path through life.
“Software testing was not on my immediate radar until I came across uTest but now I can safely say it is a real big part of my working life,” he said. “The uTest community also provides a great opportunity to tap into a vast wealth of knowledge from experts all over the world.”