Who is kim8erley?
I was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, the second child from a family of 5 where my mother was from English origins and my father was from Maori (a native of New Zealand) background. We grew up in a very modest background, where education was not considered essential but a good work ethic was. I moved to Australia in my early 20’s, looking for adventure in travel but ended up making Australia my home. I have a very diverse employment background from selling shoes in a up-market ladies store on the lower north shore of Sydney, to media marketing, early childhood teaching, insurance and finally my profession of choice software testing.
An ‘Incidental Tester’ is what I am, why you may ask?
Incidental meaning – happening as a result of (an activity).
That activity was a decision to leave my then current employment to seek adventures elsewhere in the financial sector. As I was exiting that door, another one opened which I had never considered ‘Software Testing.’ This door has lead to an exciting steep learning curve that has completely changed me. I finally found where I belong within a group of people who encourage knowledge growth, accept my obsessive nature for the need to get things right or figure out how they work, and welcome the myriad of questions I have running through my mind all the time.
What I didn’t know till now is how my career pathway was leading me to this grand conclusion ‘Testing Software is my passion.’ I’ve always had a curious nature which sometimes did not sit well in a school environment. I needed to understand how everything was fitting together or if there was a process how could I make it better, faster or more perfect, it’s the way I am wired I guess. In my teens, it was all about car engines especially classic’s pre-1975 and building them. I can still tell you by the sound of your engine if something is amiss. Fast forward some years and professions (business owner, pre-school educator and insurance underwriter to name a few) I was encouraged by my significant other to enter into the field of software testing….. and to coin a phrase ” The rest is history folks.