A day in the life of… Zoe M (Trainee QA Engineer)

Kim Tang
Kim Tang
Mar 8 · 4 min read

If you’re anything like me, I love hearing about career stories — not out of nosiness (OK, maybe a little!), but curiosity and interest.

This ‘Day in the life of’ series gives you an insight into what a typical day looks like for our women in Tech at ASOS (hint: there isn’t one) and how they started their careers. Hopefully, you take something inspirational away from it.

This one’s about Zoe M who’s a Trainee QA Engineer

My alarm clock goes off…

At 5.30am. I go to the gym; I started with a personal trainer at beginning of the year. If I want to catch a few extra zzzs, I’ll get up at 7am.

My commute to work…

It can take me about an hour and a half at the most. It’s so crowded, so I stand most of the time. I normally listen to music or an audiobook. Right now, I’m listening to 1984 by George Orwell.

I’m responsible for…

I work in Supply Chain Tech and we take care of the warehouse section. I’m in a team of Quality Assurance Engineers (QAs for short). We’re in charge of all the systems in the warehouse. It’s our job to test that the systems are working, after the team next to us have developed them.

I write test cases by thinking of everything that could go wrong. I’ll then run the tests and keep track of anything that didn’t work so I can share it with the developers. They’ll fix it and run their own tests first before sending the code back to me. I’ll then test the fixes, and, in most cases, it can then go live. That’s what I do in a nutshell.

I got the job…

Before ASOS, I was doing a biomedical science degree. I wasn’t really enjoying it, so I left. I heard about The Prince’s Trust and my mum sent me a link to an ASOS recruitment programme for Tech. I thought I’d give it a go. So, in 2017, I completed the Get Started in Tech programme and the four week Get into Tech programme a couple of months later. They were offering jobs at the end of the course. I had an interview and was successful!

I figured out that tech was something I could apply my degree knowledge to, especially the problem-solving aspects.

My typical day…

After breakfast, I’ll check my emails and see if I have anything outstanding. If I’m in the middle of a project, I’ll go through the test cases.

We often work with third-party teams. For example, there’s a team in Atlanta who have built a new warehouse returns system that we’re using. Sometimes I’ll have a Skype call with them, run the test case and let them know what code we’ve put in.

We’ll often code one bit while the third-party team will have their own code. They’ll connect it together to make sure their side runs to ours in the right way.

I’ll also have a couple of meetings with the rest of my team to find out what they’re doing, because their projects are different. It can be easy to get stuck into your own project, so it’s a great way to share knowledge and find out what else is going on in the business.

My most memorable moment…

I visited the Czech Republic in September 2018, where we have built a new returns centre — we had to go there for the final stage of testing. We had to complete this stage at the returns centre itself, so the project manager and I went there with the third-party team.

The best part of my job…

Learning new skills. This is still completely new to me. I’m really enjoying learning SQL at the moment — I find it fascinating going into databases and pulling out information. I’m like a sponge — I just want to soak up this information and share it with someone else who joins the team one day.

In the evenings…

I do anything that’s not work related! I love a Netflix binge and play a lot of video games. They’ve released a new version of Pokémon on Nintendo Switch. I like feeling like a kid again.

My one piece of advice for aspiring women in tech…

Don’t think of technology as a male-dominated area. Everything’s changing here — we want more women in tech here. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go into tech, but now I can see there are a lot of avenues you can go down.

I didn’t even know this was a job I could go into a year ago. When I tell people I work at ASOS as a tester, people think I test clothes. They ask, ‘do I try them on?’ I explain that I test software! I hope this brings more awareness to the opportunities that are out there.

Zoe is a Trainee Quality Assurance Engineer at ASOS. She loves anime, video games, Korean food and Disney conspiracy theories.

Kim Tang is a Cultural Change Advisor at ASOS Tech. Her superpowers include, but are not limited to: making Tech a place we all love to work. Kim loves personality quizzes, Wes Anderson films and food.

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Culture Change @ ASOS Tech. Obsessed with sriracha mayo, rose gold anything and personality types. ‘Does’ poetry — @kimtangwrites on insta

The ASOS Tech Blog

A collective effort from ASOS's Tech Team, driven and directed by our writers. Learn about our engineering, our culture, and anything else that's on our mind.

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