Claudia has been working in the IT business for more than 9 years and has been in Endava for more than seven. Now she is a Test Manager working in Skopje for one of our biggest insurance clients from the United Kingdom. Read Claudia’s story to find out how not being willing to accept your comfort zone makes you overcome setbacks and pushes you towards leading by example.
1.What can you tell us about your career path within Endava?
I discovered the taste for testing in the early stages of my life through my mother's job. She was making manometers and needed to assure that the quality standards are met. At times she took me with her to work and explained the entire process. Ever since, I found new contexts to improve my understanding in the testing domain and my educational background eventually drove me towards IT, encouraging my career path in testing.
I have been working in this business for more than 9 years and have been in Endava for more than seven of these. I started as a Tester in Iasi, Romania with manual testing but was also able to improve my skills in both automation and performance testing.
By challenging myself to be the best that I could be, I was able to expand my knowledge in the technical and business area and soon accepted a leadership role, first for a digital media client, then for an important client in the insurance industry. Through streamlining the communication between all parts involved in the project and aligning expectations, I was able to lead teams towards successful deliveries and focused on developing relationships of trust with clients.
Since I have always been on the lookout to improve my team’s testing capabilities, we have also succeeded over the years in mentoring our people in manual testing, automation testing and reporting and encouraged a feedback culture so our colleagues would have a real sense of pride regarding their work.
2.What do you think drives and guides you in your career?
Not being willing to accept the boundaries of my comfort zones, pushing myself to experience different contexts in order to expand my knowledge – that’s what drives me most.
The most challenging assignments I faced were after relocating to Skopje, where I encountered a different culture, new people and high targets. With hard work, proactivity, involvement, and support, I faced all challenges, adding value through my work and shaping new skills (both soft and technical).