Meet the Team - Carolina, QA Engineer
23 Jun 2022
If you’d like some insight into what it’s like to be part of Capital on Tap as well as a QA Engineer, then read on to find out more!
I moved to London a couple of months before joining Capital on Tap. I'm originally from Mexico and I used to work as a manual tester for an American company where I was doing a lot of testing around their web application, and started to do a little bit of automation before having to leave. What attracted me the most about the role in Capital on tap is that the QA team was new, so seeing things take shape was really exciting for me, coming from companies that had big QA teams with already established processes. Also the fact that I could start moving more on the automation side and upskill.
I'm currently participating on a project to build a new repayments domain which has been challenging in terms of the testing needed as it's a big change that impacts a core area of the company, and it has been exciting to be part of it and learn more about processes that I was not really familiar with. My role has really evolved since I joined Capital on Tap. In the beginning sometimes I couldn't see the bigger picture of how some changes can impact other areas, I used to ask a lot of questions on how things work, so I think in that sense my QA function has evolved a lot.
In high school I realised I preferred problem solving subjects at school, but I didn't know much about engineering and what opportunities were out there. I remember I visited the engineering department at the university to get more information and I realised I preferred informatics. This is because you can do or build without anything physical, everything is behind a screen!
Engineering is a male-dominated industry, in all areas. But I think the biggest challenge we have is ourselves - we need to be more confident and believe in ourselves, we can do it!
What advice would you give to a female considering a career in engineering?
It's never too late to do it! Don't feel intimidated by the subjects at uni or by the industry.
In the mornings I attend the daily standups for the different teams I'm assigned to, to discuss what was done on the previous day. Depending on the day, there will be different tasks such as creating test scenarios for new features, testing new features and bug fixes, doing regression testing, catching up with developers to check what they worked on and what I'll need to test. Whenever is possible I work on automation for our internal system and managing the release.
The people and the challenges. We've faced some big challenging projects and it's so refreshing to know that there's amazing people ready to lend a hand whenever it is needed with a positive attitude. I really feel that I work with an amazing team. Also the opportunity to learn new things and try new things as well.
Our new repayments domain go live, the team worked really hard for the past year to get this done.
How fast things move. Coming from a slower paced job it was quite a challenge for me, but it has been really exciting.
A couple of months after joining I participated on a Ted Talk where I talked about lucid dreaming. And I also participated in multiple music videos we did during lockdown to lift up the spirits. I also organise game nights from time to time with the QA team.