Saturday, March 26, 2011
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Sunday, March 20, 2011
Only couple of days after completing the program, I was hired. I feel confident, as the school has provided me with sound foundation in the field. A special ‘Thank You’ to Mikhail and Sofia for their assistance and advice in my job search. They not only helped me with my resume but also provided me with useful market information. I specially liked Mikhail’s class aiming at improving interview and job search skills.
I would like to highly recommend Portnov Computer School to anyone who is interested in learning and expanding their knowledge in the field of Software Quality Assurance.
Thanks again for your support and guidance.
I started to take English classes at City College and take some computer classes at same time. I got a certificate. I was happy. And started my job search. But no luck there. Nobody wanted to hire me without experience.
Some how, I find out about Portnov Computer School. After I finished classes I got my first job interview and job offer! I am so happy, couldn’t believe myself. All my life begins to change in America!
This is about Portnov Computer School and people who work there. It is their help, their classes helped me to get a job. Thank you so much Michael, Sofia, Irinka and everybody. This school is different from others especially because people care if you get a job. I had before a bad experience when school just wants to take your money, and don’t care what you will learn there, and if you find job after it.
I found the real help at Portnov Computer School. They help with writing a resume, teach you what to do and what not to do on an interview. After that you feel pretty comfortable to go on interview and meet your future employer.
I met new friends there (Hi guys!). We help each other during the studying. And I hope we keep our relationship after school. You have to believe that you can do it too. And you will find real support at the School.
Thank you so much to everyone!
I had a gap in my working experience, and all my attempts to get a job were unsuccessful. So I signed up for classes and I really enjoyed the learning experience.
After taking the classes I got signed up for an internship to find out what the workplace feels. In a few months, I got my first job – that was a one year contract at Google. Not bad for the first time? Now, thanks to Mikhail and Sofia, I have a permanent job as a QA tester.
The Portnov computer school has definitely helped me in succeeding at what I do and I am glad I met all these people - instructors and staff - who works where.
Thank you so much and good luck!
Portnov Computer School changed significantly my professional life. I began QA class on October 2007… by mid-December I got an interview, and the very next day a job offer. Right now I'm a contractor with high possibilites of becoming a full time employee.
I extremely happy in my new job doing QA for this Sunnyvale based Company. Portnov Computer School gave me the guidelines on how to be a successful tester. Definitely, Portnov was the best choice!
My best advice to new QA students would be to pay close attention to the Instructor in class.. they know what they are talking about.. plus they give you pointers and tips for interviews.
Thank you Mikhail, Sofia and Irina!!!! you are the best!
Saturday, March 19, 2011
When I decided to take classes in
I was already 46, had a huge gap in working experience, and started to feel as a big looser. Even though I have had a previous job in software development (a long-long time ago in Russia) , I thought that my chances to find a job I would like were almost zero- no American job experience, lack of English skills, no confidence. It was so depressing!
But my husband encouraged me at least to visit the first Testing class in
Besides essential knowledge and help, this school gives us self-confidence and hope, which are even more important.
Of course, it does not mean that
They are really incredible people. The atmosphere at school is so warm and friendly, that I felt as if I was surrounded by a family.
I've read many successful stories from different students, and I agree with all the good words about the School.
I am from
I came in
I got my green card after living here for 5 years. During the time that I was on the H4 visa I studied English, Accounting, C/C++/C#/Java, SQL and more. The more classes I took, the more confused I would get. I felt that no matter how much I learned I still lacked knowledge and experience to become a developer. A part of me wanted to program, another just wanted get a job as a QA engineer.
In August of 2005 I got a work authorization and then started applying for the developer(C#.NET) position around December.
A friend invited me to attend 2 free lessons about job search that were happening at the
This step has changed my life. I learned how to believe in myself. This school's philosophy is to prepare you for a job and to help you find it.
I spent 3 months taking classes in Portnov's school. Afterwards, I spent about 2 months looking for a job. When I was confused with the job search, I would call Mikhail and he would help me analyze my mistakes and explain the best way to answer the interview questions. He encouraged and supported me.
Just when I was getting really frustrated with the interviewing process and wanted to give up, I got a 1-year contract with Google. I started there as a black box tester and later wrote test automation framework for toolbar using Eggplant. It took 1 month long until I got another offer for a contract with a startup initiated by Amazon.
In his school, Mikhail teaches how to test, get a job, keep the job. Most importantly, his school teaches you how to succeed. By taking the classes, most people are able to get to the career where they can get appreciated and paid for what they do.
I would have never been able to have a new carrier without Mikhail and
My family, my friends and I are very proud of me.
Just an update.
A month after my second contract (Amazon) I got an offer from a company which interviewed me last summer before I got first job offer from Google. I told a QA Director there that it is a fate, my life path have to go through his company, my skills set makes me the best match for an open position, I AM the best for the position and will bring to the company so much quality…
During both interview rounds I was very exited and my energy and enthusiasm made me the one who got the OFFER.
Thanks to Mikhail's videos. I watch them before each face to face interview and every time I was able to find something new and useful. These videos gave me the energy and helped me believe in myself.
About the position: fulltime; black box; automation with Selenium, have to start from scratch; white box C# and Nunit (finally I got a chance to use C#)
Friday, March 18, 2011
How are you doing?
I was your student back to year 2000। You and your school changed my life forever, it was my best investment I made. I have been working for past 10+ years, from QA Engineer to lead QA Engineer. Thanks a lot!!
I lost my full time QA job in Jan. 2010. After that, I have been working as a contractor in Yahoo, Panasonic, now I am working in Broadcom, still as a contract QA. My goal is find a decent, full time QA Engineer job. I have looked your website and found out you have "Job Search" class, but it's not currently open. You also have lots of other classes, but I am not sure which one will help me to achieve my goal। Could you please give me some suggestions? I also attached my resume for your reference.
Thanks and talk to you soon. Linda.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
I really appreciate Sofia for encouraging me all the time, giving confidence, answer my questions with patience. I am glad that i joined in Portnov Computer School. It is a turning point in my career. As I dont have any real time experience, and took a break after my graduation, the training I took in Portnov School really helped me alot.
The internship you provided helped me get confidence to attend the interview. Thanks to Mikhail and John for sharing their excellent knowledge and rich experiences. I had a great time in your classes and learned a lot. I really recommend Portnov School to everyone whoever looking for an opportunity but don't know exactly the path to reach.
Thank you for all the help. I am looking forward to meet and share the cake with you all.
Then I ended up in doing my masters in computer science. Now I work as Software QA Engineer. I took Software QA class, even before I finish my class, I got job. Just all I did was followed Mike words religiously.
The Software QA and Automation classes in Portnov are very detailed and they are the best. When Mike teaches Software QA class, I can feel a positive energy which made me strong. He will not stop teaching only the QA part but he will teach how to hunt for job and face interviews.
When ever I change my job or disappointed with my job, if I talk to Mike and Sofia I feel I got all my energy back and refreshed.
Thank you so much Mike and Sofia for changing my life.
I began taking classes in 2005 and found their courses to be absolutely first class along with their facilities and materials. The Professors were brilliant, informative, helpful and very patient with us. We learned a lot of valuable information in a very short time. Mikhail and Sofia made us feel very welcome and put us at ease, not to mention how they have helped their students in finding and placing them with suitable jobs.
Thanks to Portnov Computer School, I am currently working at my present job doing Quick Test Professional (QTP) as a permanent employee. I want to express my deepest thanks to Mikhail and Sofia for all their kind help.
Monday, March 14, 2011
I came to US and started my job in Retail industry. In the meantime I was on the look out for a career option too. I came to know about Portnov Computer school through a local Magazine. I contacted Portnov School. After speaking to Mikhail I have decided to take the risk of joining the class (never regretted for that decision). As per Mikhail advice I took QA, QTP, Unix and Technology class. After I finished my class I have been offered the internship. That really helped me to have hands on experience in QA as well as writing test plans, test cases and bug report.
I got the job after finishing my internship with a decent salary (that I never could have imagined). In meantime whenever I feel that I need to refresh the knowledge I used to repeat the classes (Portnov gives us an option to repeat the classes). After joining my job also, Mikhail and Sophia were always there whenever I needed them for guidance and all the other help I could think off.
Portnov really made a difference in my life. If anybody wanted to change their life for better, they can do it too through Portnov.
Thanks Mikhail and Sophia for all your guidance and support.
In the meantime I would like to thank my teachers, John (QTP): He is an excellent Teacher with lot of experience. He was always available to answer our questions while in the class, after the class and through e-mails. Thank you John. Lena (Unix): She is a wonderful teacher who really took so much effort to teach us the concepts until we all get it right. Thank you Lena.
So I became a computer programmer and after few years migrated to the QA Testing world. After working for many financial and computer companies, the last been Charles Schwab & Co. I was laid off on year 2000. So I decided to change carriers and became a Real Estate investor for 7 years.
Now, all real estate is down and I am out, soooooo back to QA, but how to get back into the fields after 7 years? THE PORTNOV SCHOOL gave me current knowledge and upgraded my skills to the point that I got a job offer AFTER 3 WEEKS OF TAKING CLASSES. I was so happy and surprise !!!
I was ready to work for Safeway or Longs Stores just to pay for my bills. But Sofia and Mikhail did a wonderful job. Mikhail made a new resume from my experience and new knowledge and Sofia found an employer interested on my background.
I love you guys...... you are A WONDERFUL TEAM....
One day I came to the school, talked to people, learned more about school, and decided to enroll in SQA classes. Once I started attending classes, I felt this is what I would like to do. The more I learned, the more I liked it and looked forward to getting my first job in America.
Upon completion of my classes Mikhail helped me with my resume. The school has connections with many companies and I was referred to some of them, which were hiring at that time. Soon I had my first interview. I couldn’t believe my ears when I had been offered a permanent QA position at one of the companies. I was happy to accept the offer. My dream came true! It was my first real work experience in America. It was amazing experience!
Then I had an opportunity to work for other companies in Bay Area. Later on when I lost my job due to layoff, I came back to school again! Sofia and Michail provided a great support to cope with my unemployment; they gave me a hope that everything will be just fine.
I learned new subjects at school; Mikhail updated my resume with my new skills and Sofia sent my resume for several open positions. I had three interviews and got an offer. Thanks Sofia and Mikhail very much! Sofia and Mikhail are very dedicated, enthusiastic people. They do remarkable job! Portnov Computer School helped me to define my career path, helped me to succeed in my life. I appreciate it very much! Should I start everything all over again, I would definitely go the same route. No doubt! Portnov Computer School is a great place to start!
Friday, March 11, 2011
I was looking for a job almost a year without any luck; even though, I had a Cisco Certification and the degree in Computer Science it was extremely hard to get an interview but through this school within month i got two job offers.
In my opinion, Portnov School is extremely effective in: Teaching, Training, and placing students in right companies according to their background and strength.
Our decision of joining Portnov Computer School came to us after reading other people stories at www.govorimpro.us forum (Russian language forum for green card lottery enthusiasts). And we are very lucky that we attended Portnov Computer school at the second day of our arrival. We found there not only the intensive training but also the moral support (we definitely needed it that time).
We studied every day, all day long. In the evenings we attended lectures that were really good. After three weeks Michael and Sofia helped us to get Internship in a software company. It was really helpful for the future job search. As a result – at the end of the internship our QA manager offered us an SQA Engineer position. I decided to accept the offer. At the same time my husband got three face-to-face interviews, and one of them resulted in a Job Offer for permanent position!
My advice for new students of Portnov Computer School: do ALL what Michael and Sofia tell you to do - and you will achieve the best results you ever expected. They know the right way of doing it.
Thank you, Michael and Sofia, for all your help, knowledge sharing and support!
Alena & Oleg
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Realizing that a profession of QA engineer is in demand, I decided that it would be a great opportunity for me since I have a math background and some knowledge in computer and programming. However, I didn’t know how to start. To find that first job in America is a big problem for numerous people. One of my friends advised me to go to Portnov School. She said that she knew several people who found a job quickly after graduation from this school. For several months I wondered whether to go or not.
What made me doubt? Tuition; It seamed a bit too high for me. But in reality, I just needed two weeks of work to return that money back. Also, I considered the late time of classes. Usually they finished at 11:00pm. Being an early bird person, I was afraid that I would be sleepy by that time and wouldn’t understand anything. To my surprise, I stayed awake and active the whole time. The classes were so interesting that I sometimes lost track of time and ended up stayed a bit longer at school than needed talking with classmates and teachers. The teachers were professional, with a sense of humor, and encouraged me and other students to participate in the discussions, completing assignments and other work activities.
Why do I like this school? What have I found here? Warm and friendly environment, where people teamed up by a common goal – to become good testers and find a job, shared their life stories, knowledge and interview experiences. Here, at this school, I met some old friends and made new ones. Not only that, but I got huge help with resume, internship (where I got my experience of work in America), and job search. I really appreciate Mikhail and Sofia, who encouraged me, made me more self-confident, and found the company where I had my interview and got my job.
At this school I got good QA training and learned job search skills (how to prepare for the interview, and how behave to make good impression). Here I heard a lot of stories about how people got their jobs, how they answered tricky questions, and found not traditional solutions for some tasks. At this school there’s an excellent tradition: if a student finds a job, he or she brings a cake to school. I attended school twice a week, and at least once a week we had a cake at break time. We knew that somebody finished his/her job search journey. One month ago, I and some of my friends with whom I took classes brought our cakes to school for new students to show our appreciations and say “Thank You” to the people who established this school and those who work here.
My background is Commerce/Accounting. I worked in a bank for 7yrs before I decided to make a career change. I was afraid because I had to make the right choice and of course skeptical of all the promises that were made to me. My choice of Portnov is attributed to 2 things first it was Mikhail's honesty to what I can expect during the course and in my QA career (without any sugar coating) and secondly seeing their method of teaching.
My teacher was Yana, she was extremely patient to all my questions (I had a lot of them), she made sure that all her students understood the concepts and stressed on what could be possible interview questions. Then at the end of the course the mock interview was extremely helpful. When I was done with the course I knew that I was ready for a job.
Mikhail helped the class with preparing our resume (Yes he sat with us individually) and gave us tools so that we could look for jobs, through the job search class (extremely helpful!)
Looking for an internship is not the easiest thing, that's when Sofia comes in. She got interviews for us and worked diligently till we all got internships.
I got a great internship job after completing my QA course. As a part of the reorganization of the company I was laid off in December. I went back to Portnov/ Sofia to look for another job. Mikhail helped me update my resume. Sofia was on top of things and got me an interview with a company. Before the interview Yana and Mikhail brainstormed interview questions and got me well prepared. I got the job at Auto Desk. It is a fantastic company to work for with a great pay.
Thank you Mikhail, Sofia and Yana for helping get where I am but more importantly keeping up to the expectations with which I joined Portnov.
I would recommend Portnov over any school.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Portnov Computer School gave the FASTEST WAY TO GO BACK TO BE PROFESSIONAL QA ENGINNER. The courses are RIGHT IN DEMAND BY EMPLOYERS. Yes, is true, I got a nice starting job on a Networking Company after 3 weeks of classes.
Интересно видеть много культур и людей для во всем мире, индуса, Испанию, Китай в Школе Портнова.Я уже сделал немного друзей из Пакистана (они говорят Язык урду), Ali и Эмира от моего класса на QTP - Испытательном Классе Автоматизации. Прибудьте к Школе Портнова, делайте друзей, изучите БЫСТРОДЕСТВУЮЩУЮ профессию, и даже наклонитесь новый Язык, хороший bye.
Two year ago I worked in Mission Dog Rescue. My responsibilities were to care of approximately 20 dogs. Also, I should of clean up their cages, walk them and feed them. Dogs loved me and I also respected all dogs, who had absolutely different characters and different behaviors. It was my first American Job.
Before I moved to the US, I worked in one of the advertising agencies in Moscow in another bright and clean office with another great view. I was not a program developer. I was just an advanced user of the Windows Operating System.
Can you imagine what I was thinking about while I was cleaning a rescue’s territory? All the time I thought how to continue my life path, and how to find something less extreme than picking up dog’s poop.
Once upon a time I came across a web site: ”Portnov Computer School”.“Quality Assurance” and “Testing”. I had no any idea what is all of that.
I called Mr. Portnov. I introduced myself and told him my story. He was very interested in my story. He told me “What are you doing with your life? Shame on you. You are the graduate of University, you are bachelor of the EE. It doesn’t matter that last time you studied was 20 years ago. You should come to my School and study. You may have many different opportunities after completing classes. But most important, for now that you should become a student”.
As you see I didn’t have any other ideas what to do. Several days later, Portnov personally met me in San Jose bus station. That evening I had my first class at Portnov’s School. As you see my English is far from perfect. But let me tell you that two years ago it was absolutely horrible. Therefore, when the teacher opened his mouth, I realized that all instruction were given in English. I did not understand much. For several days I was in deep shock. But after a while, I started to adapt and started to understand the main points. I will be honest. I did study a lot. I came to school at 11am each day and left after classes at 11 pm. The school gave me access to Internet, books, brochures, exercises and exposure. All instructors were very good. Most importantly, they gave me immediate help and answered my questions each time I had a question. They were always there for me and ready to help. After about two month of training, the School sent me to the Internship. One month later I started to send out my resume. When I finally found my job in a bright and clean office with an amazing view, in the real American company, I was absolutely in heaven. I’m still there.
In conclusion what else can I say? If I did it- you could do it also! It is real. I could also speak from my ex- schoolmates. They had nothing, they took several courses and they are all working and they are all happy. So, what are you waiting for?
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Entire program helped me to get the technical and interview skills needed to get me going. School has long lasting relationships with local companies, so I could get my internship and feel the SQA reality. Mikhail and Sofia are very supportive to students in the school and really help everyone to succeed. Talk to them and... get started.
Good luck! Alex
They helped me get an internship and forwarded my resume to the hiring manager of my very first Web QA engineering job. Come to think of it, I am in my current position, which is a permanent employee because of them. Having the skills helped, but they opened the door for me. Portnov School really cares for its students, especially their Director Sofia Pravdina. Sofia wants to see you succeed!
Former student, Jaime Gonzalez
Monday, March 7, 2011
The training that I underwent in Portnov during the last two months is a valuable learning to me. The lectures followed by the hands on practice in the real time projects along with the interview tips helped boost my confidence. I am sure that this training program with Portnov will prove as an asset all through my professional career.
I appreciate the time and effort that Mikhail, Sofia and Yana spent for making it happen to me and many more like me. Mikhail helps lay a strong foundation of QA processes and methodologies through his introductory class. His Job Search Session during the training works wonders and gives us very important interview tips. This session motivates us with a 'Go Get It' attitude.
Yana is an excellent instructor and Project Manager. She is great at explaining the concepts and helping with the hands on. Her Management skills during the live project helps us develop the potential to work in teams reporting to the leads exactly as in a real company. Her tips and suggestions always proved handy to me. The quizzes in the class along with the practice interview makes us well prepared to face any interview.
Sofia is the best when it comes to arranging interviews and placing the students. I appreciate the way she handles each student's needs to place them. Taking into consideration that I do not drive, Sofia helped me find internship in San Jose itself. I am greatly thankful to her for that. She also makes sure that the students are well-prepared and have all the information required to attend interviews. I guess that's what also makes her the favorite among recruiters who in turn are very positive about the candidates she sends.
I regret the fact that I did not come to know about Portnov earlier. My experience with Portnov encourages me to recommend the training offered here to everyone who are looking for a job/professional change. I could not have done it without the encouragement, inspiration, knowledge and drive that Portnov imparted through this SQA Express Training, Projects and Quizzes. Once again, extending my deep gratitude to Portnov School, Mikhail, Sofia and Yana...
Obviously, I realized that obtaining permanent legal US residences only won’t let me get all the benefits from life that I desire to achieve. You have to do something for living without any doubt to succeed. Unfortunately, I couldn't’t bring my profession into new environment right away for several objective and subjective reasons. I’m a dentist by the way. Thus, I had to choose another specialty to start up in US. Being in Russia and awaiting for my visa approval I accidentally encountered some data in regards of Portnov Computer School when browsed through the Internet. The first feeling was: “No, it’s not for me. I’m too much far away from that field”. A week or two later I looked through Portnov web site once again more thoroughly, read some reviews and testimonials from former students and catch myself on mind that at least I could try. Anyway, I won’t lose much in case it’s not for me at all. Moreover, I was questioning: “If my brother became a developer why I can’t work in IT sphere?”
At last, having enlisted the relatives’ support I asked Mikhail for enrollment. My first class was the next day I crossed the border. Then I have been studying vigorously as a full time student from 10am to 11pm 5 days a week. It is of crucial importance to stay at school as much time during the day as you can, because environment there is very special. Stuff is extremely helpful and amicable in school. In case you have a question related to the subject or perhaps to some tool installation on your laptop you will probably find a solution there. Moreover, you are more likely to get on fly an opportunity to go for a paid internship interview when offer arrives to the office at the time you are present at school.
This is how it happened to me three weeks after I started. Although, my first interview experience did not result in success, I passed the second one. So, now I am doing my second week of my paid internship in the company which office is located in San Francisco, the city I am in love with. Does it sound as success for a person who is only two month in America and who does not have any IT background? Yes, it is! And it’s only the beginning. For sure it is! Once again, I would like to thank all the people who supported me on my path from meeting at the airport through educational process to getting the internship. Among them are Mikhail Portnov, Sofia Pravdina, Yana Mezher and of course, my new friends and roommates who believed in my progress from beginning. Thanks a lot.
Saturday, March 5, 2011
At the end of the course, I am able to get into an internship. I am very happy to start the work.
Thank you so much for all your help.
A year ago, I arrived to the US as a winner of DV lottery.
I have computer background. But when I try to find job in USA for my specialization, the biggest that I receive that chance to be cashier in store or cleaner in bank! Not so bad!? Yes not so bad for beginning, but not for me. I spent 5 month for understanding that everything is not so easy, and I need help of professionals. That is why my second decision was go to study. College!? But it will take too long time and cost too much!
That's why I decided to start with training in Portnov Computer School to gain new professional knowledge, learn the rules of the job market, get acquaintance with everyday American reality, and finally to get an intellectual job within IT industry.
So "Welcome to Portnov Computer School!". Mikhail not just met me in airport (I arrived from other state), also he helped me find apartments and good roommates (school students) for few month!
During the initial period of training, I was busy all the days with a plenty of new information. I’ve been stood vigorously as a full time student from 10am to 11pm 5 days a week. It is of crucial importance to stay at school as much time during the day as you can, because environment there is very special. Stuff is extremely helpful and amicable in school. The biggest interest for me was in Automation testing, I chose Selenium (as you may know school has classes of QTP, Silk and Selenium). I took course of SQA, Technology and Selenium automation testing.
After 2 month training in school, I have really helpful mock interview with Yana. On this interview Yana show some holes in your knowledge, or help find better words how showing your previews experience. And also it help you be prepared for real interviews, after interview with Yana, I was not scared anymore. I was in few interviews, but one of them was most complicated, because company was looking for somebody who could work with Automation testing. School training and short practical QA experience supported by the knowledge from my previous profession were enough to pass this interview and I got contract. First month it was unpaid internship contract, then 2 more months it was paid internship in this company....And one week ago I was offered a full-time position with benefits!!! And I really happy Because the company has ranked on the top 50 fastest growing companies in Silicon Valley. Company connects digital merchants providers, network operators and consumers with payment, commerce and marketing services.
I am working in one of the fast growing company in Silicon Valley, I work with automation Selenium and I love my job.
When I got offer I still attends school for evening classes several times a week, and becomes more and more skilled specialist in SQA.
Thank you so much, Ellie (Selenium class) and David (Technology class), You’re the best teachers that I ever met. Thank you Ellie for you positive attitude and David for your patience. You help me so much on my way in QA.
Of course the biggest and warmest regards to the Sofia, she Like Second Mother for all students and she never gives up!
And Mikhail, base of school. His "Job search" class really stimulates you for growing as professional and gives you so many tricks to find good job faster! Thank you!
And last what I want to say for future students! You should remember that Sofia and Mikhail just show you a way...they will not learn instead you! YOU should study, study and study...and then YOU will reach your target! Portnov Computer School gives you choice for better life! Good luck