EVERYDAY SUPERSTARS

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Imaginify was a ... software test analyst

Zoe works at a software company, testing products before they are relea sed for public use.

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FACTFILE

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I ’ m too short for my width.

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I knew Desmond Llewellyn.

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I rescue hamsters.

WHAT DO YOU DO?

I test software before release to end users to ensure it is up to company sta ndards.

How did you get into that?

I had a life changing event 7 years after starting software testing that made me decide to make a proper career.

I fell into a job testing POS documentation, and went from there.

I ’ ve been in my current role for 20 years.

Do you have a mentor or anyone who supports you? Has that always been the case?

My husband has always thought more of my capabilities than I have. Af ter a particularly brutal job where I was bullied very badly, I wanted to quit testing. My husband supported m y decision, but also encouraged me to apply for testing roles, just in case. I ended up starting a new team f or a company that had been going for 2 years with no testing in place.

Who inspires you?

Dave Pelzer.

He overcame unimaginable odds to become a kind and successful man. He enc ourages others to face their own demons and lead a rich and full life.

What do you wish you ’ d known 10 years ago? What difference would knowing that have made?

I wish I had known I have Borderline Personality Disorder. Having the right treatment and management methods would have made my previous role so much easier.

What advice do you have for girls or women considering a tech role?

Be yourself. Men and women are different. We shouldn ’ t feel pressured to be the same. Work from your own strengths.