Why Choose the Software testing Graduate Programme?
As a Software Tester you will improve quality and reduce risk throughout the whole Software Development Lifecycle. Your work will prevent live incidents, which, depending on the purpose of the software, could cause significant reputational damage, financial loss or even, in extreme cases, loss of life.
We will provide you with several weeks of industry-recognised training, giving you the skills and confidence to launch your career as a Software Tester. Once trained, you will be deployed as an FDM Consultant to work with our clients, where you will gain valuable commercial experience with some of the most prestigious names in business.
We have several employee support programmes designed to help you throughout your career journey with us, including wellbeing and mentoring initiatives, in addition to learning and development support. Find out more here.
What you’ll do on the Software Testing Graduate Programme at FDM
Starting with the fundamentals, you will learn how to write and execute tests, assess and manage risks, report results and communicate effectively with stakeholders at all levels of seniority throughout the development lifecycle. You will also learn the fundamentals of Java programming, that will allow you to work with test automation tools and frameworks, such as Selenium Webdriver and Cucumber.
You will learn how to successfully test in both Waterfall and Agile environments, giving you experience with different working methodologies. To certify and validate your new skills, FDM also offers you access to the ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level qualification.
Once on-site, you will work in fast-paced digital environments supporting projects that deliver innovative new features and software across mobile and web, from both a functionality and user experience perspective. You could be testing anything from self-service checkout machines and software for retailers, regulatory reporting systems for global banks, advertising scheduling systems for large media organisations, vehicle diagnostic applications for the automotive industry and much more.
Key Skills for a Software Test Analyst
- Analytical mindset to identify the variety of different tests that could be run to validate specific functionality
- Curiosity to think of a range of approaches that could be used to break the software
- Professional pessimism to see the negative aspects of software no matter how high in quality it seems
- Attention to detail to identify defects that others couldn’t
Software Testing career prospects
A career in Software Testing is incredibly versatile and offers fantastic career progression opportunities, either in a technical or business role. Taking on a business-focused role will see you fulfilling the duties of a project manager but specifically managing the test process e.g. managing testing budget and timescales for a project, writing test plans and strategies, assigning testing tasks to testers and more. A technical role often requires a deeper knowledge of programming languages and other bespoke technologies.
Here are just a few of the possible paths you could pursue:
- Test Lead
- Test Manager
- Programme Test Manager
- Head of Testing
- Test Automation Engineer
- Operational Acceptance Testing Engineer (OAT)
- Security Testing Engineer
What our consultants say
University of Bradford
“My role on-site was very versatile. In addition to being a Test Analyst, I also worked as a Business Analyst, PMO and was promoted to a Test Lead. I oversaw the integration of the systems, which meant testing inputs and outputs, ensuring networks, connectivity, Data Warehouse and servers were all working correctly.”
Software Test Analyst at Smith and Williamson Corporate Services
University of Aberdeen
“My favourite part about being a Tester is the fact that it is a perfect combination of technical knowledge and business communication. It’s an amazing feeling to know once a project is finished, you facilitated every step of it.”
Mohammed Omar Jamaal Khalil
Software Test Analyst at First Direct
University of Bradford
“When I started my placement, I was brought in to help with one of the company’s biggest projects, which added great value to the business as expected. I have now been involved in a total of 10 projects across the first direct mobile app/website.”
Do you qualify for the Software Testing Graduate Programme?
Do you think you’ve got what it takes to pursue a career as Software Test Analyst? At FDM, we’re looking for ambitious graduates with a passion for business and technology to join the team. We accept candidates from all universities and there’s no need for any prior experience or a STEM background! We also ask that you have the following:
- A degree level qualification (minimum 2:2 required)
- Excellent communication skills
- A demonstrable interest in technology and business
- The ability to be geographically flexible depending on client location
- Ability to support yourself financially during training
- Able to commit to the full 2-year graduate careers programme
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