The first half of 2021 is over, but for Careerist these past few months have been incredibly successful. So many graduates have found amazing jobs in huge companies, and they’ve all been so great in tracking their job searching processes, so that we can share their experiences with you! The number of QA jobs out there right now is constantly growing, and it seems that the world is slowly recovering from the pandemic. So, we thought now would be a great time to share some tips and tricks about the job searching process with you all. Keep on reading to learn about the pressing concerns our graduates have had, what mistakes you need to avoid and what questions our students like to ask.
July 20, 2021Challenges of finding a job in QA
To have a successful job search you must be prepared to put a lot of effort in, to be patient and to carry on when things don’t go as planned. However, it’s not that easy, and so many individuals give up on looking for a job in just a few short months because they find it extremely challenging.
July 9, 2021Success Story: Kristina
Kristina is one of our graduates who didn’t get a job offer immediately. She had a few months of hard work before she succeeded in getting her dream job. Today she wants to share her story with you, and to support graduates and students who are still looking for work.
July 2, 2021Critical Thinking
We are bombarded with tons of facts, news reports and research results on the internet, in printed newspapers, on social media networks and via the television everyday. There is so much to take in and it’s up to us to determine what’s true and what’s not, and what we need to know and what can be ignored, now more than ever.
June 25, 2021Communication Skills and How To Improve Them
We hear all the time about how important communication skills are, both in the business world and in our private lives. Communication helps us to find a common language when we collaborate with people, it makes us a better team player, and good communication can help us to move up the career ladder much faster.
June 23, 2021Top 10 Soft Skills to Improve in 2021
When looking at getting a new job in tech many professionals focus only on their technical competencies. In doing so, they try to learn every tool and software program that they might need in their future work. Yet, they neglect their soft skills completely - it’s as if these skills play no part in their workplace.
June 20, 2021Stress At Work and How To Deal With It
Stress is a natural reaction, and it happens when your body lets you know that something is too much, and it’s high time to stop and focus on your well being. The biggest challenge is to spot the signs of stress early on, so it doesn’t cause too much harm in the long run.
If you don't work for a top tech company you might not know what a Solution Engineer is. But, this is a rather promising field that is in high demand today. In this article we will take a look at what a Solution Engineer is in more detail, the role and duties of this specialist, how you could get to work in such a position, what skills are required for this job and what the approximate salary of this role is in the United States.
June 12, 2021Success Story: Alex
Many people ace their job searching process, and they start a new job within a few weeks of graduating. However, there are times when graduates completely give up on looking for work after a very short period of time. Something similar happened to Alex, she gave up on searching for a job initially, but she returned to the task a few months later and got an amazing job offer… She has decided to share her journey with you, so that you can learn from what she did or didn’t do. She also wants to support her fellow students at Careerist, and to motivate graduates who are considering giving up on looking for work in tech. I’m confident her story will inspire you to rethink your own job searching process.
Congratulations! You’ve taken your first big step towards a new life. You’ve finished your QA manual testing course at Careerist, you’ve completed your interview phase and you’ve landed yourself a great job. All you need to tackle now is your first day at work!
June 5, 2021Success Story: Olesya
Still not sure if joining the IT industry is for you? Read this inspiring story from a mother of three beautiful children, who completed our course and got an amazing job offer. She’s confident that nothing can hold her back from achieving her goals, and she believes that nothing can stop you either!
In our previous article we told you about Agile and DevOps, and we looked at the main pros and cons of these two approaches. Here we will go into detail and explain to you how you can implement these approaches into your organization.
May 26, 2021Success Story: Victor
The moment Victor joined the IT industry he contacted us because he wanted to share his story with you all - he will even tell you about some mistakes he made along the way too! Today he will share with you a summary of his job searching journey, so that you can be inspired and learn from him.
May 24, 2021Agile and DevOps: advantages and challenges
Many businesses have transitioned into the virtual world over the past few years. And as the pandemic goes worldwide, this shift has accelerated. It’s now very important for developers to master, and use, the most effective methodologies in their working processes to succeed in this changing world.
May 22, 2021A Beginner's Guide to Risk Based Testing
The world of software development is highly competitive, and to succeed in this field companies need to create the highest quality products at the lowest price possible. An effective QA process is essential for every business, because it means that a company releases a high quality product onto the market.
Many people aren’t sure if starting a new career in tech when they’re in their 40s is for them. Why? The tech industry is perceived as being very young person centred, and unconsciously, many people believe that there is no place for more seasoned workers in tech, especially if they have no previous experience in the field.
For more than a year we’ve been living in a new reality. We’ve all been subjected to periods of lockdown and/or self-isolation. Remote work has also changed the way we work, and it has not only impacted freelancers, but small companies and numerous large corporations around the globe too.
In 2018, Ladders launched a study to find out how recruiters examine resumes before they go on to interview a candidate. During the study they used advanced eye-tracking software to determine how much time recruiters spent reading each resume, and where recruiters looked.
April 26, 20216 Entry-level Jobs in Tech to Get Your IT Career Started
The importance of technology in business, and in our everyday lives, has grown more than ever during the pandemic. So much so, that it will come as no surprise to hear that the IT industry is booming, and this upward trend will continue.
April 21, 2021Success Story: Dan
Dan is one of our most dedicated students who worked exceptionally hard during his job search! Dan actually managed to find a $90 thousand job just one month after graduating in Chicago, IL, and he started working there a week ago. But, to our biggest surprise, he has decided to leave this job already!! Let’s talk to him to find out why he has made the decision to leave his role.
April 19, 2021Meet our instructor Alex Khvastovich
Our instructor Alex is currently a QA Manager in Arizona. He has more than eight years worth of experience in multi platform/web software QA. Today, he wants to speak about his passion for QA. But he’ll also tell us about his fondness for team management, the Agile approach, his love for teaching and he’ll discuss why he likes to help other people become successful QA Engineers.
April 11, 20215 Steps to Making a Successful Career Change
People decide to change careers for different reasons. Some people seek higher salaries, others look for a better work-life balance, some feel burnt out in their current positions, and other individuals simply realize that their job does not interest them anymore.
April 7, 2021Success Story: Katie
This week Katie from Florida shared her unusual story with us. Her story will show you just how fast you can actually find your dream job in QA, so you can stop worrying about paying your bills at the end of the month and start living your life to the full.
March 26, 2021IT Teams: Responsibilities, Types and Roles
Now, more than ever, we see digitalization in all industries, for example in finance, healthcare and transportation. Of course, it’s sometimes difficult to integrate technology into a business without qualified IT professionals, which is why many organizations choose to have in-house IT teams.
March 26, 2021Productivity: What Lowers It and How to Improve It
We’ve all wished for an extra hour every single day, so that we can get more things done. But, as sad as it is, time is a limited resource and we cannot have more of it per day. Which means that we need to use our precious time wisely, especially when the modern world we work in expects maximum productivity from everybody.
March 22, 2021COVID-19: Are Things Looking Good For The IT Sector?
We’re all a bit tired of hearing experts around the world trying to guess what the world is going to be like after the COVID-19 crisis. And the real answer is, nobody knows for sure how the crisis will impact humanity.
When you start your very first job as a QA tester you’ll be very excited about the new changes and challenges that face you. But, at the same time you’ll probably be scared about doing something wrong in your new role.
March 10, 2021Corporate Tribes – Jitske Kramer
Today, corporate culture is very important – it affects job satisfaction, and therefore the productivity of employees. The phenomenon of corporate culture is viewed from different angles – for example, from the side of anthropology. Why do we need “campfire conversations” to become an integral part of the company, why the company is a new “tribe” and what does it have to do with QA – in our article.
March 4, 2021Top three reasons why you should consider a career as a Sales Engineer, the MVP of SaaS
Have you recently thought about starting a new career in IT? If you love innovative technologies, problem-solving, and communicating with other people, then a Sales Engineer position might be perfect for you.
March 2, 2021Success Story: Alice, Sophia and Anna
Today we caught up with three of our graduates, and they all want to share their stories with you. Each story is unique in its own way, but one thing remains consistent, all of the stories have a great ending. Read on to learn more about them.
February 24, 2021Success Story: Alina
Alina is one of our former students, and she currently works in Silicon Valley. Like many people, Alina was hesitant early on in her job search, but she soon worked through her worries and landed herself an epic job! Read on to learn more about her journey...
February 23, 20215 Myths Surrounding Careers in Technology: Stop Believing Them
From time to time you come across an outdated, or an altogether false, article on the internet about what it’s like working in a particular field. These articles only serve to scare people away from taking up a job in a specific industry, and they’re usually nonsense. IT is sadly no exception to this rule.
February 22, 2021Rebranding: Rethinking Your Company’s Identity
The modern market is changing at an incredible pace. So much so, that businesses have to adapt to these market changes quickly, and this means that they might have to alter their products too. New inventions, technologies, and design solutions appear nearly every hour. More and more progressive-minded companies are launching, and every one of them is looking boldly towards the future. Which means, to be successful in the long-term term, it’s not enough to simply make good products. You need to explore new avenues.
If you’re a gamer then you’ve definitely heard about Cyberpunk 2077. And if you don’t play games, you might’ve seen something on the news about this game. In short, CD Projekt RED, the creators of Cyberpunk 2077, wanted to create a game that would become the best game in history, and this game was supposed to be a real game changer.
February 10, 2021Natalia Atif
Natalia Atif is a QA Lead who has over 10 years worth of experience in Quality Assurance. She has worked at Apple, Intel, and ItsOn, and she is now one of our instructors. Natalia started her QA career back in 2010, and from that moment on she’s gone from strength to strength in her various roles. We caught up with Natalia to hear about how she started out in the big wide world of tech, to learn more about her love of QA, and to find out about her job at Apple.
Artificial Intelligence, or AI for short, is used in many different companies and industries around the globe today. We often hear about cars without drivers, supermarkets without cashiers, mail being delivered by drones, and robotic waiters. AI can already write stories, create music, and paint pictures, which is astonishing. And as the years go by we will become even more AI driven.
February 2, 2021Do IT Professionals Need Strong Communication Skills?
If someone asked you, “What skills does an IT professional need?”, you’d probably list a number of hard skills. Examples of these include, computer skills, coding skills, and project management skills. And of course, you’d say that IT professionals need an in-depth knowledge of the technologies they use at work.
January 28, 2021Careerist will replace JobEasy on February 1st, 2021.
Why have we decided to rebrand? Because we’ve realized that we are more than just a school for QA testers, and we want to expand and share our knowledge with you all!
January 25, 2021Success Story: Mariia
We recently got in touch with one of our 2019 graduates Mariia, and today we’ll share her success story with you. Interestingly, Mariia found her QA job during the pandemic, so perhaps she can inspire you to see that there are good jobs available during these uncertain times.
January 20, 2021Referral Program: What is it and how does it work?
Can you remember the last time you told someone about a product or a service you really enjoyed using? How amazing would it be if you were rewarded for telling them, and if they also used the product or service? I mean, wouldn’t it be great to get some kind of reward; money, sandwiches, or even vouchers to use - just because you told a friend about the company you used!
January 18, 2021COVID-19: The Challenges and Changes the Labor Market Has Faced
The pandemic, and the various lockdowns around the world, have had a dramatic impact on the labor market. In fact, the pandemic has caused radical restructuring and division when it comes to people in work worldwide.
January 11, 2021How the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the IT industry in 2020…
Every business and industry has been affected by the pandemic in one way or another. There are some businesses, like tourism that aren’t sure what the future holds for them, and there are other businesses that have managed to successfully adapt to the new reality. In this article we will take a look at the impact the pandemic had on the IT field.
January 6, 2021Mentoring: What Is It and How It Can Help You
No matter how independent and confident we are, a time will come when we need someone by our side to guide and direct us onto the right path. While support from our friends and family is undeniably important, it isn’t always the support we are looking for. Perhaps we need professional support, or business guidance, and in this case, assistance from a trusted mentor is essential and it’s what we’re looking for.
January 4, 20217 Ways to Prevent Professional Burnout When Working In IT
When we start our IT careers we are full of hopes and dreams. We dream of working in huge companies around the world, and we’re willing to learn anything and everything to prove how valuable we are to an IT giant! We take risks, and we make plans, we’re brave and fearless, and no obstacle can stop us. No mountain is too high to conquer, no river is too wide for us to swim across.
December 21, 2020Iurii Sokolov’s Story
We recently caught up with Iurii Sokolov, he is one of Careerist’s teachers, to chat about his IT career. Iurii has been working in the IT industry since 2012, and he really wants to share his love of Quality Assurance (QA) and his career journey with you. Read on to be inspired!
December 17, 202020 Soft Skills Every QA Professional Should Have
When you’re starting your career as a QA professional you’ll be so focused on learning the necessary technical skills that you’ll forget all the other little things you need to know and learn about. Yes, I’m talking about Soft Skills.
December 14, 20207 Myths about Testing
Very few people outside of the IT industry, and even some individuals within it, know exactly what the responsibilities and daily duties of a tester are. Yet, many individuals have heard about the many misconceptions and myths surrounding testing. So much so, that some of these myths discourage some individuals from taking up a career in testing. Today we will put to rest a few of these myths, so that you can all see that testing is actually a very promising career.
December 11, 2020Income Share Agreement: What It Is and How It Works
Getting any kind of education usually means that you’ll need to invest a lot of time, effort, and of course, money in it. If the only thing holding you back from starting your education is money then you should look closer into the funding method called Income Share Agreement or ISA, for short. Lately, more and more schools and colleges are offering this to their students, so it’s important that you know about it and what it means.
December 7, 2020QA Engineering – A Simple Way To Get Into The IT World
IT is an ever-developing industry that keeps attracting more and more people to it. But, what makes it so appealing? The answer: the IT world provides individuals with numerous opportunities for self-development, career growth, and most roles offer a decent salary too.
December 4, 20207 Roles in QA To Consider
One of the greatest things about becoming a QA tester is that there are so many roles you can choose from if you wanted to change your job in the future! Depending on your interests and personality, you can focus on improving different skills and getting more in-depth knowledge in a particular area of software development, so that you can get a new role. It’s really that simple.
December 2, 202015 Highest Paying IT Jobs in 2021
There are dozens of different IT professions, specializations, and programming languages out there today. New roles appear almost every month, and there are various names for all of the different professions. So it can be quite hard to distinguish what the best and highest paying IT roles out there are. We have created this article to highlight what the highest paying IT jobs in 2021 will be.
November 29, 2020DevOps: A Brief Guide
DevOps is one of the most discussed topics in the IT field. Yet, despite its rising popularity, there is still some confusion about what this term means. In this article, we will try to clear up this confusion, and we will look at what DevOps engineers do, and how they help businesses.
November 23, 2020Remote Work
Society often underestimates remote work, I mean how many times has working remotely been mistaken for ‘Working at home, in your pajamas, for as little time as you like, while watching TV?’ A lot of people think like this. Yet, this is a misconception. Remote work takes a great deal of discipline and perseverance to master. Just because you get to work outside of the typical office scene it doesn’t mean the work, or input, is any less! Work is work - it must always be professional.
November 18, 2020TOP-10 Programming Languages of 2020
The ability to write in a programming language is an essential skill nowadays. Why? Because computers and technology surround us. From factories and transport to household appliances – some sort of programming language is the supporting structure of most things we do in life. Think about it, almost every single aspect of our lives is somehow dependent on some sort of gadget, and this is dependent on some sort of programming language.
November 15, 2020Five Reasons Why We Still Need Manual Testing
There are two approaches to software testing — Manual and Automated testing. In Manual testing, as the name suggests, all tests are performed manually by a human(s). In Automated testing, test engineers write codes and tests are done by computers.
November 3, 2020Agile vs Waterfall
There are several approaches and methods to managing a software development project, but the most popular ones are Agile, Kanban, Scrum and Waterfall. The approach and the method are chosen based on the answers to the following questions, for example: What is the task type? What is the project’s size? What timescale is needed? And, what is the budget? The correct approach and method will also yield the best results for a project and the whole development process.
November 1, 2020Top 10 QA Companies in the US
Quality Assurance Testing (QA) is an essential part of software development. Without QA testing most products, like apps and websites, would end up being rather glitch-ridden and full of errors! (Nobody wants that). To avoid such catastrophes companies around the world invest heavily in testing. Some companies have in-house QA teams, and others choose to outsource their Manual and Automated testing.
Whether you are a newbie to the tech field, or an experienced professional, looking for a new job can be exhausting. There are so many online job boards, plus thousands of websites, which makes deciding where to start a ‘job search’ really hard.
October 25, 2020A Guide To: White Box, Black Box, and Gray Box testing.
There are three methods of testing used in the software testing process: White Box, Black Box, and Gray Box testing. All three methods focus on the testing process from a different point of view, and cannot be used on their own. Completing all three of these methods guarantees that a higher quality product reaches the end-user.
October 9, 2020QA Tester: Who is a tester? What skills are needed for this job? And what responsibilities has a tester got?
Testing is a growing profession, and you can clearly see why. Our world is filled with technology, of all different kinds. With all of this tech around the place, the only way for different businesses to compete is to bring prestigious and reputable products or services to the market.
October 9, 2020What Does a QA Engineer Do?
If you are currently browsing through job adverts and you’re looking for ‘testing jobs’ you will find that there are many different names used in the testing field for ‘testing jobs’. For example, some companies are looking to hire QA testers or Manual QAs, and others are looking for QA analysts or QA Engineers. With so many job titles in the testing field it can be confusing for a new tester.
October 9, 2020Software Testing: A Step-by-Step Guide For Beginners
According to job search portals like indoor.com, QA engineering is one of the top five most popular jobs in IT in 2020. The IT field is growing faster than ever, and IT companies are creating new quality assurance teams every single day to ensure that only the most sophisticated, and high quality products enter the market.
Absolutely! It is possible to learn software testing from your own home. Plus, you can become a successful software tester fast and get jobs pretty quickly as well.
September 28, 2020How to Get a Software Testing Job Without Any Testing Experience...
If you are still deciding on which career path to take, or perhaps you’re considering changing your current career, the tech field is something you should look into.
September 23, 2020Burnout: What is it? Why does it occur? What are the symptoms? And, what to do if it occurs?
Burnout is not actually a new word or phenomenon, as some of you might have thought. In fact, the term "burnout" was actually coined by the American psychiatrist Herbert Fredenberg way back in 1974. He used this term to describe the psychological state of a healthy person who had been in a long-term emotionally charged atmosphere.
September 21, 2020The QA Process: A beginner’s guide to the main stages, steps and tools of Quality Assurance
When you’re thinking about becoming a tester, and you’re reading about the topic, you can quickly become overwhelmed with all the concepts and terms associated with QA. There are so many terms in the QA process that don’t mean anything to you, like ‘black box’, ‘white box’, ‘unit tests’, ‘regression tests’, ‘manual’ and ‘automated’ testing, ‘BrowserStack’, and ‘Jira’...
September 21, 2020‘Software Testing’, ‘Quality Control’, and ‘Quality Assurance’: What do these terms mean?
For someone who is just embarking on their career in IT there is often a lot of confusion over basic terms. Of these terms, the ones that cause the most confusion are, ‘software testing’, ‘quality assurance’, and ‘quality control’. These terms do sound rather similar, and for those who don’t know the difference between them, you could easily mix them up. Moreover, there are even some product managers who don’t fully understand the meaning of these terms in software quality management. This typically results in projects going beyond their initial budget, and in some cases projects just failing to meet any sort of standard.
September 16, 2020Python: Why do you need to learn this language now?
Python is a high-level programming language with a minimalistic syntax. With the help of Python, you can successfully develop system applications with a GUI, command-line utilities, various specialized software solutions, games, web applications, and lots of other things.
September 14, 2020QA in Software Testing: Everything you should know and more
If you’re one of our avid blog readers you’ll know that we talk a lot about software quality assurance. We look at what it is? How to get into it? And, what are the standards and procedures of software testing? Today we will introduce you, our reader and future tester, to the role of a testing specialist, and we will tell you what you need to do to make sure that the software that you test comes out perfect after you have completed your QA testing.
September 11, 2020Motivation
Today we are continuously hearing about ‘motivation’. How do we get motivated, where does our motivation come from, and how do we stay motivated? Yet, the first and simplest question we should be asking is, ‘What is motivation?’ - because we’re not always 100% sure about what it is.
Software testing is an interesting process, it is like a detective story: searching for “evidence” – bugs, identifying them and “catching” – creating reports for further correction. Software testing is carried out according to pre-established rules, using certain methods and techniques. Let's look a little deeper into this profession.
September 2, 2020Do you want to know how to become a Manual QA Tester in just a month? Read on to find out how right now.
There are a lot of things you can do in a month. You can read 10 books, watch 20 films, start a new diet, start jogging, get a pet, join a public library, follow Kanye West on Instagram, and you can vote for someone at an election and feel extremely disappointed with the outcome. Obviously you get the picture, we do lots of things that are useful in life, and loads of things that are useless, and could be considered a complete waste of time!
Recruiting giants like Glassdoor and Indeed are showing thousands of people around the world that ‘Quality Assurance’ roles (QA) are a promising profession for individuals to enter into. The number of vacancies in this field are growing, the pay rates are high, and testers are needed in loads of different areas each day. So, what is QA, and is it possible for anyone to enter into this type of work?
August 22, 2020How to get a job in tech: 4-Step Guide
For several years Forbes has been declaring that the professions in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math) are the most popular, and highly paid professions in the world. IT is one of these areas, but how do you get a job in tech?
August 19, 2020“Tell us about yourself” – The One Thing That We Forget To Prepare For When Going For An Interview
An interview is a great opportunity for a job seeker and an employer to meet and to communicate with each other. Preparing for an interview is one of the main steps to obtaining a successful career, so it’s important to be prepared for any questions and situations that could come up during an interview.
August 18, 2020Mentoring
This new title is growing in popularity everyday, but what is a mentor, what are they not, and who can be one? Some people say a mentor is like a magician that can make incredible changes at the wave of a magic wand, but that isn’t really the case. Let’s dive right in to discover who a mentor really is and what they actually do.
August 16, 2020Why do we need QA testers?
Not every software development company hires QA engineers. “Really” I hear you say. But without QA engineers, who monitors the quality of the product? Well, typically, this is done by the developers, and sometimes, the software is tested by other employees, and occasionally the director gets involved too. Basically, if there is no QA engineer, everybody “clicks buttons and looks for errors”. We find this approach wrong and potentially harmful. In this article, we will explain why QA software testers are so important.
August 13, 2020Why did you leave your previous job? - The question recruiters love to ask but one that interviewees are not too keen on answering
An interview is like an adventure, and at the end of this adventure we hope to receive a reward − a desired job. But on our journey we can sometimes meet many obstacles, such as, what questions are you going to be asked by the recruiter. Some questions may be simple and straightforward, but others may be complex, and frankly, terrifying to some. Let's check out one of the most challenging questions that you are likely to be asked at all interviews − “Why did you leave your previous job?”
The Internet is where all businesses go to compete, and it is the tool that can differentiate one business from another. Most customers, who are looking for a particular product, search the internet for solutions and they make decisions after finding the information on the internet. Your online presence, your website, is the way you stay in the market and communicate with your desired audience. But, it’s not enough to ‘have a website’ in this day and age, you must have a website that is informative, accessible, and user-friendly. So, how can you be sure that your website ticks all of these boxes? You have to test it.
August 5, 2020Self-education or courses – that is the question!
How often do we have to learn new things to do a certain job? In the ever-changing world of IT, it’s imperative now more than ever, to keep up to speed with the active development of information technologies and digitalization. Even the work we do is being transferred to digital format, and new programs are being introduced to help optimize work processes. But what are we to do?
In 2018, anthropologist David Graeber published a book called “Bullshit Jobs: A Theory.” One of his key ideas in this book is that our job is our primary tool for influencing the world. In a nutshell, we need to be involved in some kind of activity to feel good about ourselves and life. Our jobs make us feel useful, wholesome, balanced, and in the long run – happy. We feel happy when our work is related to helping others and caring.
July 29, 2020Who is a QA Automated Testing Engineer?
The testing of a software product can be carried out in either a manual manner or in an automated manner. In first and second cases, a test plan is drawn up and test cases are written. The only difference is that during manual testing, the test cases are performed by a person, and during automatic testing a program tests the cases.
Today, there are several thousand QA testing jobs in the USA, and California is home to a great deal of them. But why is QA manual testing still so popular among employers, and what skills do you need to have to be successful in this area? Read on to discover who QA manual testers are and why a company cannot work without them.