Monday, July 6, 2020

Dear student or anyone who is looking for a career change

Dear student or anyone who is looking for a career change, My experience with Portnov Computer school was a big step in my life, and I deeply appreciate the choice. All the teachers are very professional and kind, they are not just teachers - they are real QA engineers and Project Managers, some of them even business owners in a technology stack. They make you feel important and give you a confidence when you need it the most. All programs are up to date and the knowledge you get is in real-life demand. Everybody who is persistent and pursues a personal learning goal gets to the point. Support and practice on real projects are guaranteed. After finishing school everybody is getting an internship to practice even more in development teams where there is a big chance to get hired. I have no other words but thank you to Portnov school and wish them prosperity and success!

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Just want to say ...

Just want to say that when I started a basic course of Mikhail, I did not have any knowledge about QA. Unfortunately for some personal reasons it took 1,5 years for me to go to a job market after graduation. Mikhail not only teaches how to be a good tester, but also how to be well prepared for an interview and gives a lot of inspiration and self-confidence to his students. The main idea you should follow his recommendations, to be 200% committed and continuously learn the tools you want to add to your resume - this is enough to get a job offer as a manual QA. When I entered the job market, with each call I was gaining an experience of how to talk to recruiters and potential employers, of course, I had fails, but I took them as an experience and a reason to continuously improve my skills and my knowledge. That pushed me to take Galina’s Bootcamp. Galina’s course is amazing! For 6 weeks, we have learned how to work with test management and bug tracking tools, to write test cases and bug reports, got basic knowledge of REST API in Postman, SQL, were familiarized with GitHub, Jenkins and Test Automaton tools and how to write a code for test automation and also touched a lot of important interview questions. A good point that because of limited people in Bootcamp, you get all your questions answered and a lot of practice. After this course, you will be comfortable not only to pass an interview but also it will be easier at the job place in the first stressful days. I would like to thank Mikhail for his course, motivation, and great tips for interview skills, and also I want to thank Galina for this outstanding course, your efforts, teaching, and patience!

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Hi Mikhail!

Hi Mikhail! Last week the bootcamp with Tatya ended and I am still impressed. It was a great energizing program, also working in a team with nice people real products and clients - I really enjoyed it. I’m now very confident and actually answering recruiter’s questions. Thanks! Make this camp mandatory for all, it really helps.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

If you are looking for a job

If you are looking for a job as a QA Engineer, with/without prior experience, then Portnov Computer School is the best institute in Bay area that you could rely on. They have a structured curriculum and are well aware of the present industrial needs, which keeps the students up-to-date and relevant to QA field. My background was in Electronics and Communication. But after gaining QA knowledge from Portnov, I easily got into a company as an intern and then into a permanent position in the same company. All thanks to God and of course Portnov for helping me achieve what I needed. All the best to Portnov and their aspiring QA candidates.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020


Great experience and valuable practical skills from BootCamp with Sofia. She is perfect teacher who spends time with each student, troubleshoot any issue, provides real examples. She is the best in role as project manager who well organize team, build strategy and structure, provide solutions and helps with any project’s issue within short time frames. I got practical experience how to use Jira, Confluence, IntellijIdea, Cucumber, Silenium, Java, Postman, Swagger, etc. with real web App. Clear understanding with real examples from Agile methodology, daily stand up meetings and scrum team. During 4 four weeks we have been working like a scrum team on our project, participate in grooming, sprints. We have been reviewed numerous interview questions. I became more confident with automation technologies and I could easier manage my job interviews. Afterwards this BootCamp was help me to get two job offers and join big company as QA Engineer.

Monday, May 11, 2020

Silver Bootcamp

First of all, I would like to thank you and your team for sharing all this incredible information, for your patience and support!!! When I decided to take this course, I thought it might be impossible to finish with my level of experience in QA and programming. Fortunately, I was surprised because you explained, drew, demonstrated and repeated everything several times.Everything were perfect: the course material was presented in a clear and structured manner, handouts cover every single topic, home works were enough complicated for self-improving. It was very nice to have people with different experience level and background in group because they asked unexpected questions: from simple to very complicated. The bootcamp was dynamic, intense and super cool!

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Today my internship transitioned into a contract position

Today my internship transitioned into a 6 months contract position with the company and what a coincidence - this week also marks one year anniversary of my career change from Business Administration to Software Quality Assurance! I couldn't do it without you All, THANK YOU! I'm so glad that a year ago I stopped by and enrolled in the summer class. Didn't know it was possible to learn so much in a short period of time, but I did it - we did it. Here is an encouraging note to my fellow students: You can spend years trying to learn about software on your own, or you can come here to learn, practice and get it the right way. Personally, I gained as much as I could from the school. Because of that, I'm in such a better place in my life now, especially considering the situation out there these days.

Monday, April 27, 2020

The best opportunity for a quick career change.

The best opportunity for a quick career change. This school offers short but intensive courses that will help you understand the basics of testing theory and practice what direction to best move in. You can build a profession from scratch and practice on real projects that are given. After the course is completed, an internship is provided where you can put your new skills to practice and prove yourself by working in a team of professionals. It’s a very strong curriculum and offers a starting for any beginner to break into a new field and come out a strong candidate for employment.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

At the beginning of 2020, I completed the Full time course...

At the beginning of 2020, I completed the Full time course at Portnov Computer School and was delighted! With a good feeling that I was able to change my life for the better. I feel that I have received the key to the door to the IT industry. And even in difficult quarantine times, thanks to Portnov Computer School, I had an interview that I went with ease and now I am waiting for an offer for a job which I am more than satisfied with and which exceeded my expectations. And today I recommend this school with confidence to both my friends and everyone who wants to change their lives for the better. The course is incredibly rewarding. During this time I received a ton of knowledge and structured information, which I actively use after graduation. The staff working at Portnov Computer School is the most responsive of all that I have seen. During the training, I came across each of them and everyone was more than open to communication, always ready to help. Studying was very comfortable and interesting, thanks to highly qualified teachers who have real experience in the field of testing. After a course of lectures, I had an internship, the experience gained in which was invaluable to me! The atmosphere in the school is incredible, every student came with a willingness to change their life. Everyone is incredibly motivated. We managed to make friends with many during the course and continue to communicate. At Portnov Computer School, I see not even a school, but a club of people highly motivated for success, and if you are like that too, welcome!

Monday, April 13, 2020

I love Portnov!! I would like to thank Portnov Computer School.

I love Portnov!! I would like to thank Portnov Computer School. I gained lot of knowledge from Portnov. Instructor Janna, Olga, and Tanya trained us very nicely. These great instructors will think about our future and give lot of advice how to become an experienced QA.Portnov is a great place to start our career. I got the internship immediately after my graduation with the help of Portnov.Their curriculum is very good. They taught us basic automation, SQL, SQA, mobile testing,Unix, RestAPI, HTML, Javascript, CSS. Sofia is a very great and kind person. She will help us to find the good internship.Even though there is a shelter-in-place, I am still continuing my internship by working from home for the company. Thank you so much Portnov!! You are my home to start my career.

I love studying at Portnov computer school.

I love studying at Portnov computer school. I found so many people from different parts of the USA. It’s a great place for students and always get help from the staff. They introduced new technologies and tools to students which mostly tech-companies use today in Market which students are not aware of. It’s so helpful while they get into the market after graduating from Portnov.Thanks to Portnov.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

I want to thank the Portnov Computer School.

I want to thank the Portnov Computer School. They literally save me on that hard time. They helped me a lot in my attempts to find a company that can utilize my skills. They’ve done a great job. I got my internship interview right after graduation and started my decently paid job at the beginning of March. That job allowed me to earn my living when a week after that Northern California was shut on ‘Shelter in place’. Many friends of mine have lost their salary or even jobs but I kept working remotely and my pay didn’t change. I’m so glad I chose Portnov Computer School several months ago to start my education as an SQA engineer. It helped me keep me and my family warm and safe in that tough time. Again, thanks a lot, guys!

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

The courses in Portnov are practical and useful.

The courses in Portnov are practical and useful. They may seem easier at the beginning, especially for those who have computer backgrounds. However, it covers those must-have knowledges that are essential for the QA jobs. After the beginning period, the courses cover more and more information in many different fields such as SQL, Linux, Mobile programming, Network, JavaScript, Java...etc. You’ll find there are many many things you can learn which is hardly you can do it if you are not taking the course in the school. Secondly, the instructors are very good. They taught you in a simple way, easy to understand and encourage you. In addition, the instructor shared her own experience (Specially thanks to Jana, my highly respected teacher). As we know, those soft skill sometime is even more important than your programming/hard skills. This doesn’t mean that you just sit there, listen and you automatically become QA expert after finish the school. You need to take part in(This is the way Portnov teaching and one of the best of Portnov) and take your effort to learn(I think this is true for anything you learn). Thirdly, I think Sofia Pravdina does very good job. Because, there are many students in the school, how to know each student and find a proper intern position is definitely not an easy job and will take lots of time and energy. Not only she needs to know what you are good at, but also she needs to look at for your future, your career path! This position requires to know many positions in many companies, many HR managers, each student’s ability, personal characteristics, etc. Most importantly, what is the best choice for you, for specific you! It likes to fit a piece in a puzzle, so it become a become a beautiful scene picture. This position needs to know people, to have enough life experience in addition to good HR skill. Many times, you don’t know what you need. It will be very helpful if someone can point you out what you need, especially for job seekers. Finally, in addition to Janna and Sofia, I want to thank other teachers in Portnov as well: Tanya, Galina, Slava, Sofia, Olga, just to name a few. I also want to thank to Michael, because he has created a good school and has chosen a great instructor team. Thank you all!

Monday, April 6, 2020

This school is the way into the world of IT.

This school is the way into the world of IT. For me , as I was fairly new to learning programming languages and IT world in general , it got overwhelming in the beginning. But following the instructions and self discipline helped a lot. One thing I want to point out is how accessible and easy to reach was Michael himself (even though officially he’s only taking care of online class). With any questions I had, he was always willing to help and was all about finding a solution. Very flexible with addressing students needs individually, and paying attention to every student. Olga, Tatiana and Janna were among my favorite teachers. When it came to final exams they were strict but fair , and it helped me a lot to prepare well for my actual interviews after graduation. All of them were helpful and responsive when I asked for help with interview preparation. And I couldn’t thank more to Sofia for finding me a perfect match when it came to job placement.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

I started studying at Portnov Computer School at the end of September 2019.

I started studying at Portnov Computer School at the end of September 2019. Time spent on lectures and on doing independent work flew by unnoticed. The IT world has no boundaries and I would probably drown in endless webinars and articles. But a clear understanding of school teachers about what kind of knowledges are needed by a QA Engineer and in what priority, allowed me was able to stay afloat.For this, many thanks to the whole team of such a unique School! Now, when I work under a contract with a large company, almost every day I recall the wise advices of my teachers and ask myself: what would my teachers do in this situation? It helps me to solve current problems at a decent level. Dear applicants! Record and memorize everything that is told to you in Portnov Computer School! This knowledge and skills are your keys to the door to the IT. Together with Portnov Computer School you will achieve your goal.