Making a difference one job at a time

Recently, I met with a student who took my Software Testing course last quarter. She wanted to talk with me about a job offer she had received. Three nice things came out of this:

  1. She got a good offer for an interesting job as an entry-level QA engineer. That is a real measure of success.
  2. She told me that when she talked with recruiters at the on-campus career fair about a month ago, their attention would perk up when she mentioned her software testing course. That was the course they wanted to know about.
  3. She received one job offer, and three internship offers.
  4. When she went to interview for the entry-level QA engineer position, she brought along her portfolio that she had put together for the software testing course augmented with material from two other courses that related to this particular job position. The QA manager was very impressed; he’d never seen someone bring a portfolio before.

It was great to hear that she has a good job offer. And personally rewarding to hear that the software testing course had provided so much value to her, and that the portfolio had worked in the way I told students it could work.

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About davidsocha

In autumn 2010 after spending 19 years working in a variety of software organizations as a programmer, architect, manager, teacher, ScrumMaster, product designer, change agent, and agile coach, I finally listened to what everyone had been telling me I should be doing and joined the University of Washington Bothell as an Assistant Professor in Computing & Software Systems. My interests are how to create and maintain great teams, particularly those in software development organizations. I am most interested in distinctions that dramatically increase the effectiveness of teams, such as systems thinking, design thinking, biomimicry, and human centered design. I am a pragmatist, a collaborator, and an optimist.
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One Response to Making a difference one job at a time

  1. Bjorn Freeman-Benson says:

    Congratulations! I’d be curious to see some of those portfolios – perhaps you could write about them here?

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