The exciting story of Yuri who successfully started his career as a crowdtester

Crowdtesting is a fascinating way of working, growing one's skills and making significant money on the side, even for people without any previous experience in testing. But like everywhere in life, also in crowdtesting the price for success is dedication and serious work.

Today we are sharing the exciting story of Yuri, one of the testers who recently joined the passbrains community and successfully started his career as a talented crowdtester:

Experience is definitely the best thing that a human being obtains through its life. Sometimes people say that a fool learns from his own experience, and a smart person learns from someone else's. But nothing is more valuable than than your own path you had traversed.

I have been working as a chief accountant for an IT company for quite a long time. How many times did I get annoyed with my work – always the same: financial reports, financial reports, financial reports! And my co-workers saw me swearing and pushed me to become a tester. “You will manage to get there! We will help you!” But while a word is enough for the wise, this doesn’t really apply for me. It was almost a year later, when the company's business did not go as well as before, and I seriously decided to learn the tester’s profession. I even remember the concrete date when it was - December 20, 2014.    

I didn’t really expect that it might be too complicated learning the skills required for software testing. But yes – it required serious efforts to educate and train myself: 

1.     Reading some good books about Software QA.
2.     Diving into the world of coding (which is not really required for blackbox testing but very helpful) .
3.     Finally starting to get hands-on experience in testing, even without earning money in the very beginning. 

Point one was reading. First, I read the wonderful and fun book “How To Become A Software QA Tester” by Roman Savin. I got a general understanding of the subject and learned that a tester’s work is promised to be extremely exciting and cheerful. Afterwards, I read “A Practitioner's Guide to Software Test Design” by Lee Copeland, then Ron Patton’s “Software Testing” and definitely “Testing Computer Software” and "Lessons Learned in Software Testing" by Cem Kaner, James Bach and Bret Pettichord. I hope I’m not wrong, but it seems to me that these books would be enough for the initial understanding of a tester’s work.

After reading these books, I moved on to learning. There are plenty of possibilities to engage in this topic, also in terms of time and effort. Everybody has to decide about his / her preferred area. As for me, I wanted to discover as much as possible. Here is the list of courses I have taken and continue to learn through: HTML, CSS, SQL, XML, JSON, XPath, CssSelectors, JS, Python, and Selenium.

Those who are interested will easily find a wide range of online courses by any training technology. I mostly use such wonderful, free online platforms as edX, Coursera, Testingeducation, Udacity, guru99 and others.

My personal difficulty was lacking time for learning. I had to choose between learning and taking part in a project and thus earning some money several times. Those who are experienced in time management will cope with it easier. 

So then I actually came to practice – to my third point. I took exercises everywhere. I tested out my favorite sites, I wrote bug reports, created positive and negative cases, boundaries, equivalence partitioning. I took every possibility to widen my experience… The only thing that didn’t satisfy me – that I did it for free!

So I turned directly into crowdsourcing testing. It helped me to consolidate my experience and to start making money! I registered at several crowdtesting sites and passbrains was amongst them. At passbrains I passed my qualification tests and obtained a first paid test project promptly. I was lucky to complete my testing work in time and successfully.  This was a great practice, as now it was not only necessary to write high quality bug reports, but also to do it faster then other testers. So my real tester life began! Today I can tell, that this is the greatest thing about cowdtesting: it is possible to work, earn and further develop your skills at the same time!

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