Julia Pottinger is a Training and Development Manager at QualityWorks. Her expertise lies in manual, automated, and API testing and training, which have helped companies to enhance the quality of their software through improved test coverage, faster time to market, increased process efficiency, and optimized use of resources. Julia finds joy in sharing her knowledge and contributing to the testing community by delivering testing content on Test Automation University, as well as on her YouTube Channel and blog. She also conducts testing boot camps for people interested in entering the field of QA. Learn a little more about Julia:
How long have you been at QualityWorks?
I’ve been at QualityWorks for almost 6 years.
What are you most passionate about?
I’m passionate about helping people find solutions to problems. I do that through sharing and learning. I also enjoy helping people advance in their testing careers by sharing my knowledge and my journey. I love leading training initiatives to upskill anyone who may not have a tech background but is interested in transitioning into the field.
What is one thing most people don’t know about you?
I’m an introvert, and as much as I love sharing with people, I have to find a balance between sharing and then retreating to have alone time.
What is one thing you can’t live without?
Hope. A lot of things I have done or achieved I never thought would be possible. I grew up very poor, and options were limited. But I was an avid reader and would read stories about places and people, and I was like, wow, there is something different out there. It was in no way easy, but by working hard and smart I am beginning to see a different life — one that is breaking generational poverty. Hope keeps me going. Hope for a better life, hope for a stable job, income, opportunities.
Describe yourself in 3 words.
Resilient, ambitious, and result-oriented.
What is your favorite quote?
“Honor thy father and thy mother.”
My mother is everything to me. There are certain values of kindness, respect, and resilience that she instilled in me for which I am forever grateful. Before every exam in university, I would call my mom and she would pray for me. She has always been there for everything in the way that she knows how. For me, honoring her means being kind to others, never giving up but knowing when to do so, and being respectful.