Spartan Diaries – My first consultant project


Meet Lucy! She graduated from the academy as a test automation consultant earlier this year and has just completed her first stint on client site. Here’s what she had to say about her experience so far:


As a fresh graduate from a non-IT university degree (chemical engineering in case you're curious), I wasn't too sure of what exactly I wanted to do. Luckily, I received a phone call from Alastair Marshall one day, inquiring about my interest in IT. Fast forward a few months and I'm on my way to becoming a manual tester at the Sparta Academy in Richmond.


The training at Sparta was classroom based which created a very social and collaborative atmosphere. Although there were Spartans from all sorts of different backgrounds, everyone was in the same boat which brought a sense of bonding and I was personally very curious about those who were also changing industries. My class was initially a joint class with both SDETs and manual testers who then split off for their final project in Week 6 as they have a shorter course. In the first few weeks, my trainer had noticed I had a penchant for the coding aspects of the course and I was offered to move over to the SDET course which I jumped at the chance to do. That turned out to be a great move as I thoroughly enjoyed learning to program in Ruby.


Interviews for everyone came in thick and fast towards the end of the 12-week course. I earned a placement and was on site a week before the course finished. Although trained in test automation, my first on-site project was a manual testing and two other Spartans whom I had already worked with in class were also there. It was a great learning opportunity to finally get some industry experience and doing manual testing helped to solidify the principles of testing.


The project lasted 3 weeks, after which I came back to the Sparta Academy to be part of the training team before I start my next client project. Currently, I am helping to construct the new SDET curriculum since I've had firsthand experience of being a student. Having been a student for so many years, it is refreshing and exciting to be given real responsibilities in a workplace environment and I'm looking forward to continuing to learn new skills!