Teodora Știrbăț graduated from Women4IT’s Software Tester course. As a graduate of Leiden University with a Master’s degree in Political Science, Women4IT partner EOS Foundation talked with Teodora about why she decided to enrol, and what she has learnt from the programme.
Women4IT: Why did you decide to enrol in the course?
Teodora Știrbăț: I decided to take this course because after graduating from university (I have Masters’ Degree in Political Science), I realised that I needed technical competencies.
Software testing skills will help me to put together not only the decision-making processes in political science or other fields that interest me, but also, demonstrate my technical skills within a multidisciplinary specialty.
W4IT: What did you learn on the Software Tester course?
TS: I have found that there are several types of testing and that the type of testing that best suits my preferences is security testing.
As I am interested in cybersecurity, I believe learning this foundational testing knowledge will empower me to create tests or projects that support certain companies and their needs to become cyber secure.
W4IT: Do you feel you have grown professionally?
TS: I have really developed my technical skills, as well as estimation, task completion and prioritisation. Also, I was glad that I gained professional support in terms of writing a CV or preparing for an interview.
W4IT: Would you recommend the course?
TS: Oh yes! I would recommend the course, especially to my college friends, and also in particular to my colleagues, who have often faced obstacles.
By taking this course they would be encouraged and supported morally, technically, and professionally.
They faced the same problem in that they had a very good theoretical understanding, but never had the opportunity to practice their technical skills or really understand what is behind domains like testing or web development.
W4IT: What was your experience with the EOS Foundation?
TS: The experience during the course exceeded my expectations. I felt very comfortable with my colleagues and my instructor.
The courses were very enjoyable; I simply felt the support and help not only technically, but also emotionally and professionally, both from colleagues, and instructors.
I consider this to be the perfect environment for someone to learn, develop and reach the point of happiness.
Watch Teodora’s Women4IT testimonial here