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The Next Phase of my Career: Test Automation Development

In recent weeks, I have sought a new employer, but I did not look in vain. Within a couple days of updating my Indeed.com resume, I was recruited to a new Information Technology position. But I also applied. So, it was standard process. The company is Quintrix Solutions, a Mindlance Company. Actually, I gave Mindlance my resume through Indeed. The representatives approved my initial interest, but they required I pass a technical assessment. Since I had recently worked on a Pi app, gaining a multi-threading understanding, I felt confident. So, I took the assessment without preparation. But it was a hard reality check.

So, I only passed by ~20 points over the failure rate, so I think it was like a B or B-. If I had not dedicated most of my effort to the quantitative assessment, I would have been declined this job opportunity. In the test, the hardest parts were the simple interest calculations because I normally work on series and sequences regarding things I already know. But the simple interest formula is not a model I use, regularly. There were a couple other sections requiring fairly advanced abilities: a coding assessment, an SQL assessment. The coding assessment had a prompt to solution format: it was simple enough. But its main challenge was understanding data structures and algorithms. Let me put it this way: if you have not completed a formal course on this subject, you would have to be a whiz kid or an experienced professional. But enough about that. The remaining challenge was the SQL prompt section. That was fairly straightforward. So, you have to know your stuff in order to pass the basics. Since the were no SQL standardization requirements, someone with PL/SQL experience could not be preferred over ANSI-SQL.

That said, training is starting today. The job entails Java, MySQL, Selenium 3.0, WebDriver, Cucumber, Jenkins, and Mavin. But also important is the soft skills training I will be undergoing. Like it or not: technical aptitude without professionalism is not hacking skills intersecting substantive expertise; rather it is a hacker’s paradise because you will not have a job, but your education’s security will degrade giving ample room for pirates to take your hard-earned training then post it as a single video on YouTube (with ads). Since my employer has experienced professionals working for them, they understand that like any skill, soft skills are built over time.

Regarding building understanding, the Prophet Isaiah discussed the importance of pacing. According to the Prophet Isaiah (KJV), “For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little” (Isaiah 28:10). The Prophet Isaiah IS saying study, practice, and teaching must be ordered in small pieces. For many have the capability to contribute to great movements. But like a flock of birds can synchronize their flight pattern to appear as a single large bird against predators in what is called a murmuration, many precepts, lines, a little here, but there a little can imitate God as the body of Christ is called to do.


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