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Why I'm moving away from web design to software testing

redlotusdesignz profile image Diana Chin Originally published at thecodingcow.com Updated on ・3 min read

As the year 2020 comes to a close, I want to take a moment and say thanks to my readers who have followed along in my coding journey. Being the last article for 2020, I wanted to share my perspective on the direction that I'm heading in the year 2021.

I'll be honest with everyone - I don't feel as passionate about web design as I used to years ago when I started developing websites. For the most part, I've stuck to creating simple static websites using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. At one point, I had high hopes for myself that I wanted to become a full-stack developer.

I don't know about you, but keeping up with the latest JavaScript frameworks is downright exhausting. It feels as if every minute, some new framework comes out in the wild. Keeping up with different front end technologies can be overwhelming.

I also didn't feel it was right to call myself a web developer when I haven't worked on JavaScript frameworks and cloud application programs (such as Heroku). For the most part, I've tinkered more on CSS frameworks since I liked trying different components for faster layout implementations.

Perhaps it's due to my indecisiveness, but I find myself wanting to learn different coding languages and tools just to have a general knowledge of how they work. It felt natural for me to understand the ecosystems and do my best in teaching others how they function so as to provide inspiration and ideas for code newbies who want to tinker around a particular language/framework.

I also don't like the idea of pigeonholing myself into one set field. I see myself wearing multiple hats based on the experiences I've accumulated between being in customer support and being a self-taught web designer.

Why go into software testing?

In a nutshell, I like finding bugs and helping the product improve for end users. One thing I've learned during my years in customer support is hearing feedback from our customers on what needs to be fixed, what can be improved, and feature requests. Understanding that a product can have limitations is also another deciding factor when planning out the road map. I like to think of road maps as evolution cycles. Or in gaming terms, leveling up.

The conversation happened when I spoke to my husband (who is also a QA Engineer) about my career choices and he would often share his experiences about what it's like to be part of the team, how they manage releases, and the types of testing being done on the product. The best part? He was originally in customer support before he made the career switch.

Software testing is a broad field, and there are many tools you can learn to help improve the testing experience. I started taking courses on LinkedIn and am currently enrolled in Test Automation University. My goal is to become a QA Engineer by 2025. I'm also thankful that my current job allows me to do more troubleshooting and finding bugs as I work with the users directly. While I still have a long ways to go, I'm excited about the prospect of understanding more about the lifecycle of the product from start to finish when collaborating with other teams.

What to expect on my blog in 2021?

I'll be sharing my experiences on my software testing journey, along with some Python projects that I've been working on. I'll still discuss visual novel game tips and tricks on my blog and motivational content for aspiring engineers.

Before I end my article, I want to note that this was a personal decision for me to write this post. It's a reminder that it's okay to make a change if you're not happy with the field you're in, even if you've done this for a long time. While I'm closing this chapter as a web designer, I'm looking forward to my next path in software testing.

Wishing everyone a wonderful New Year! May you stay safe and healthy as we gear up for 2021.

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Waylon Walker

Embrace the change and follow your passion. I feel a bit odd that each time I land that job I was going for I almost immediately find a new passion and direction for my career.

Here's the high level of where I have been over the last 10 years.

Mechanical Engineering -> Data Science -> Data Engineering -> Automated CI/CD

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Matt Curcio

Very cool.
I didn't know that was a specialty that you could take online classes for.
Best of Luck