With a team of more than 150 consultants, CTG is the market leader in testing in Belgium. Our test specialists are active in various roles, on different locations, and in different industries, like banking, healthcare, industry and logistics. With a project portfolio that is growing rapidly, we are constantly looking for reliable, pragmatic professionals who combine a critical attitude with an eye for detail, and who are passionate about providing value to our customers in an innovative and rapidly changing digital world.
Olivier and Brecht both started their career at CTG by joining our test class, i.e. a training to become Software Test Engineer. This training enables you to gain experience in the basics of functional testing and how this fits in the modern application lifecycle. Afterwards theory is put into practice and you discover how software testing works in real life by being part of a pilot project. On your way to becoming an experienced test professional, you will discover several challenging career paths.
Below you can read their stories, as there is no better way to explain a career in testing at CTG than from their own personal experience.
Olivier, 25, Test Coordinator
The mix of theory, practice, technique and tooling enabled me to figure out for myself what I liked more (and less) within testing. My choice and focus went to 'Test Management'. Therefore, I decided to talk to my CTG career coach and we developed an individual career path towards 'Test Coordinator'.
Compared to my previous role as Test Engineer, my tasks have changed drastically. Some of my tasks in my current job: I work out test plans that describe the right test approach for the project, make estimates for planning and resources, attend meetings where my input is important, consult and communicate with multiple parties and persons about the status of the test project, draw up interim and final reports on the test results, guide the testers on a daily basis around the progress they are making and be there to solve issues for them when they arise.
A 'Test Coordinator' needs to be very flexible, communicate smoothly and clearly, think proactively in different areas and should always be there for colleagues. I have now become more of a point of contact within the team. This brings along a certain responsibility that I feel comfortable with as a person. Every day is different, which makes me stay focused on giving the best of myself, day after day.
Brecht, 29, Test Automator
Because of my technical knowledge, I was soon able to start working as a ‘Test Automator’ (TA). A TA automates test cases that a Test Engineer (TE) would perform manually, like for instance automation of repetitive tasks (e.g. logging in, …). This saves a lot of time while performing the tests. It is important to remember that a TA does not ‘steal’ the work from a TE. I would rather see it as working together in a complementary way, allowing the TE to focus on more complicated test cases that are difficult to automate.
The client that I am working for used Ranorex as their test automation tool. I had previously followed a training in which I had learned the basics and the advanced features of Ranorex. The rest would become clearer, once I was working on the project. My knowledge increased quickly through self-study and collaboration with the small team of automators who were all in different project teams.
A couple of months after my start I was approached by a project manager and a product owner from another project team. They took over the development of a new booking website and believed I had the capabilities to develop automated testing in an Agile context on both front-end and back-end. The new website should facilitate and speed up the booking process for the users and everything was modernized. Together with the Test Manager, we decided to build a completely new test framework. This was an exceptional opportunity and a true gift for me to prove what I had to offer.
Since early 2020, I am part of CTG's 'Flying Brigade’, a team of highly technically skilled people, whose flexibility and expertise can be counted on to help on current assignments and start up ones that are more complex. Here too, I get the freedom to expand my knowledge. The small but complex assignments that I got from the experienced members of this team immediately made it clear that I will still be able to broaden my knowledge even further. I see new challenges in front of me, which makes my learning curve steep again.
Did Olivier & Brecht get you excited to start your career at CTG? That sounds great! We have several vacancies! Visit https://jobs.ctg.eu/ and take your chance! Our next test class is planned to start at the beginning of September. Do you want to know more? Don’t hesitate to get in touch.