How can we encourage more women to dive into a similar professional growth path?
For years, I was the only woman in my team, which can also be seen as an advantage. Over the years, additional roles appeared in the IT teams, and the role of Tester was one of them. That was an opportunity for me to move into a more functional role that suited me better at that point in my career. There are many different jobs in IT. Some are more technical, some are more functional, artistic or organisational. I think any woman can find her place in an IT team, whatever her aspirations.
What has been your most career-defining moment that you are proud of?
In the good old days, people thought that no Tester was needed as the Developer would be very meticulous and therefore no bug would appear. However, it was then up to the customer to verify the quality and relevance of the freshly made application, which sometimes involved some back and forth discussions and compromises, until we reached the expected quality level. It happened that I worked on such a project and my work as a Tester then helped to keep those discussions to a minimum. It also affected how much confidence the client had in both the product and the company you were representing as a consultant. This happened at the beginning of my switch to testing and it confirmed me in my choice.
Who is your role model or mentor? And why?
I particularly admire people who can take on multiple roles and still do each of them perfectly. I only met a few of those special persons during my career, mostly at Tobania.
What is your wildest dream on a professional level?
No idea, I’m a pretty pragmatic person 😊