Wednesday, April 13, 2011

I have an undergraduate Chemistry degree

Hello prospective students and career changers,

I thought I would tell you a little story about how Portnov changed my life.

Last year around September I was looking for an entry-level IT job. That was when I happened to read Portnov's advertisement for an SQA intern. So, I went to the website to find out more. I read about other successful career changers and became really interested.

Now, I have to backtrack and tell you a little about my background. I have an undergraduate Chemistry degree and have been working as a Chemist. In my own time, I took a computer course here, a course there from community colleges to keep up-to-date with technology. In my mind, I hope that one day I would be able to change my career because I always thought it challenging but rewarding to work in the IT industry. But for the past few years, I was unable to gain a foothold into the IT industry.

After reading about Pornov's advertisement, I decided to take an introductory SQA class to see what it was about. I became convinced that if I do most of what the school and its knowledgeable teachers tell me to do, I would be able to gain employment in IT after several months.

So I took two classes in SQA, the Introduction and Technology course. Afterward, I gained an internship at a well-known web retailer doing black-box web testing, with the help of Portnov School of course. While doing the internship, I took my third course on Selenium. Right after the internship Mikhail helped me write my resume. A couple weeks after the internship, I found a contract position doing web testing at another well-known company. My dream of working in the IT industry is being realized as I write these words.

Yet, mine is but one of the many stories on this forum. I have met other successful alumni of Portnov. They are all thankful as I am to have studied here. Mikhail and other teachers of Portnov are very knowledgeable in SQA because they have actual industry experience and are good teachers. Sofia is extremely helpful and nice. Most important of all, Portnov School delivers what it promises its students if they do most of what they are told. Many grateful thanks to the wonderful people at Portnov for changing my life!!

P.S.: To hear what Portnov promises, you would have to attend the first session of the Intro to SQA class. I believe you can sit in the first session for free. Good luck with your new career!!

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