We recently had the opportunity to interview Adea Natchiah-Blay, an ISTQB certified software tester based in Ghana.
In this interview, Adea share her experiences working in software testing and pursuing ISTQB Foundation Level Certification. She provides insight into her motivation for certification, her training experience, and her plans for the future.
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Throughout the interview, my questions are in bold italics and Adea’s responses follow.
Please, introduce yourself.
My name is Adea Natchiah-Blay. I live in Ghana and work remotely as a Software QA Engineer or Software Tester.
What do you do for work?
I work as a software tester, where I test web applications.. My day-to-day involves quite a bit of functional testing, and sometimes UI testing when there are a lot of changes to the user interface. I also verify the relationships between the front and back end by checking the databases. Additionally, I write automated test scripts for certain test cases so that we can be more efficient and focus manual testing efforts on high priority areas that need more attention.
Why did you take the ISTQB Foundation Level training?
Even though I’ve been working in software testing for several years, I wanted to strengthen my knowledge of the fundamentals and core concepts. I felt I needed to gain a deeper understanding of testing from an international standards perspective.
By reading online and various articles, I realized I was touching on many testing ideas but needed more structured knowledge. I wanted training on the foundations and principles I could apply in my daily work.
That’s why I pursued ISTQB Foundation Level certification – to master the key terminology, techniques, and processes. The ISTQB syllabus provided the formal training I sought to reinforce testing best practices. Earning this globally-recognized certification helps me better establish myself as a software tester.
Why did you choose QOLA for the ISTQB training?
While researching ISTQB training providers, I came across several options offering discounts. However, after comparing QOLA to other academies and organizations, the personalized experience QOLA promised stood out.
QOLA’s smaller class sizes ensure individual attention from the trainer. I believed the trainer’s hands-on knowledge, practical examples, and coaching would provide more value than just lectures and slides.
Other options seemed more like large pools of students without a personal touch. But QOLA emphasized customized training tailored to each learner. That one-on-one guidance to supplement the ISTQB syllabus convinced me QOLA was the right fit.
The individualized, interactive experience promised by QOLA’s experienced trainer made me choose them for my ISTQB certification journey.
Anything you would like to share about your ISTQB training experience with QOLA?
The trainer provided a clear roadmap upfront on what to expect from the course content and topics. This gave me visibility into where we were starting, where we were heading, and how the modules tied together.
In the first session, the trainer clarified misconceptions I had around QA and testing, integrating the concepts effectively. Throughout the course, the trainer directed us to additional resources to deepen our understanding of key terminology.
I appreciated that we could ask questions during live classes and reach out anytime after via the online platform. The trainer promptly responded to queries which was invaluable.
A key benefit was gaining real-world perspectives and guidance on applying the concepts back in our work environments. The trainer shared experiences and coached us on problem-solving approaches.
Overall, the interactive, hands-on training experience reinforced why I chose QOLA. Their skilled instructor and customized coaching model delivered immense value.
What are your plans for the future in software testing?
I plan to continue growing my expertise in the software testing field. Right now, I’m focused on applying the concepts I learned through ISTQB certification to strengthen our testing approaches. For instance, collaborating with colleagues to incorporate impact analysis into our maintenance testing.
Looking ahead, I’m interested in expanding into testing security and AI systems. I want to build knowledge testing emerging technologies and advance my career. The ISTQB training provided a strong foundation, and I’m excited to keep learning and developing new skills within software testing.