I've always considered myself sort of a geek. I know random facts about stupid things, I love love love Big Bang Theory because I understand a lot of their jokes, and surprisingly, I love computers.
I have always been very blessed in my life. I know this without a doubt. I have been through some rough patches, as have we all, but I have always known that I was being led in a direction I would never choose on my own.
One of the biggest blessings has been work. I have (knock on wood) never had to really worry about work. Doing hair has been a great blessing, but even aside from that, it has been something that has been easy for me to find.
I found my current job at Provo Craft a year and a half ago, and I loved it. I started in Customer Service answering phones and helping crafters with their crafts. It was fun, even though I'm not a crafter.
Fast forward about 9 months, and I'm lucky enough to still be working in Customer Service, but now I'm doing work with all the other departments in the business, coordinating Customer Service needs with the capabilities of everyone else in the building. It was a job I had to create from scratch, and I had to work my butt off to get stuff done.
Fast forward again a few months, and now I'm testing software for a launch in April. I have learned so many skills and new geek words, I can hardly stand the excitement.
Since I started testing software, I was very drawn to the process and the outcomes. It fascinates me to no end to see developers write code, then make something for me to actually see and test. I get to find little hiccups in the software and bugs in the system. With the love of this new job, I started campaigning to be moved permanently into the Software Department. I really worked my butt off for the software project launch in April, and then I really started bugging the higher-ups to move me up.
Finally, finally, I got the news last week and a job offer to be a full time software test engineer. Sounds super fancy, huh? I KNOW!!! I am so excited. I'm lucky to have a great team of guys that entertain my very basic stupid questions, but are excited to see me grow and reach my geek potential.
Friday the 3rd is a big day for me, though. I will take my ISTQB test. That means I will be a certified software tester. The test is tough, at least for someone like me that is relatively new to the field. But I know having this certification will take me places I never imagined I would go.
I think having a certification like this also certifies me as a definite geek. And I'm okay with that.
Wish me luck!