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Why choose the FDM Software Testing Graduate Programme?
Software Testing involves improving quality and reducing risk throughout the whole Software Development Lifecycle. This work prevents 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.
The Graduate Consultant Programme provides several weeks of industry-recognised accredited training, including working as part of an agile team on key tech projects, giving you the skills and confidence to launch your career as a Software Tester. During the programme, you may also get the opportunity to work an FDM Consultant with our clients, where you could gain valuable commercial experience with some of the most prestigious names in business.
Our team will be there to help you throughout your entire journey. From day one you will have a comprehensive support system available to you, including mentoring, wellbeing programs and much more! Find out more here.
Gain Tech Industry Gold credentials with FDM
Through our Tech Industry Gold accredited training, you will gain the technical expertise and employability skills to get you ready for your career in Software Testing. Certified with Tech Industry Credentials to boost your CV and make it easy for employers to understand your value.
What to expect
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.
As part of the program, you could see yourself working 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.
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
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
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 are:
- Educated to a degree level (bachelor or higher) – No STEM required
- Exemplary communication skills
- Eligibility to work in Hong Kong
- A demonstrable interest and desire to work in technology
- Able to commit to the full 2.5-year graduate careers programme
Simply submit your application and CV here.
A member of the FDM recruitment team will call you to discuss the programme and your career goals. This is also a great opportunity for you to ask us any questions you might have and get a feel for FDM. Check out our blog for top tips for a telephone interview
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