Career change is not easy, but this guy does it for happiness!

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Sathish Gowda switches his career from being assistant professor in Mechanical Engineering to become a better Software Tester. He is currently learning and being trained on various skills at Test Insane. Here is what he answers us when we throw various questions in-front of him. We don’t know where he will end up, but he is happy with his decision to make a switch to Software Testing. Lets enjoy the journey! We wish him all the best in his learning.

Please introduce yourself

Satish Gowda

Satish Gowda

Hi, I am Sathish Gowda from Bangalore: “Silicon Valley of India”. I have completed my graduation and post graduation in Engineering (Mechanical branch) from Visvesvaraya Technological University. My father is a Section Superdent in Police Department (Karnataka). My mother is a house-wife. I had been working as Assistant Professor in an Engineering College, from past 3 Years in Bangalore. And now, I am game for learning to test software.

Why were you interested to join Test Insane while you could have got good paying job elsewhere?
Test Insane is a place where they allow people to work with their “Freedom”. The previous educational institute where I worked, I was not allowed to work as I would have liked to and had to work always against my will (just needed to follow orders from the so called authority).

What are your hobbies?
My hobbies are: Playing Cricket, Riding my bike, Travelling, Going night – outs with my friends, Watching Hollywood Movies, Reading books about Indian history.

How do you know Software Testing is your passion?
I got introduced to the word, “Software Testing” by Santhosh Tuppad. Initially, I didn’t know until I and Santhosh were chatting in a restaurant, he was explaining me about Software Testing, (Ethical) Hacking etc. I just told him how I had been able to hack my ex-girlfriend’s e-mail account, and then he told me that I had a brain of a hacker and he questioned. “Why don’t you learn Software Testing?” And my response was “Okay let me do it.”

While we and you know money is important, do you think money can hold you back from doing what you love to?
Yes, money is important to fulfill our needs and desires. But, money can’t make me feel happy all the time. Can we take money with us whatever we have earned after we die? No! Not just the money, nothing can hold me back from doing things which makes me feel happy.

In 1 year from now, how do you see yourself as a software tester?

I want to be better Software Tester. I would like to see myself delivering talks about Testing, all over the globe across various conferences and software testing meet-ups.

What do you love about Test Insane? Is there anything that you hate about Test Insane?
The most important thing at Test Insane is there are no hard and fast rules. They provide us with complete freedom and allow us to do things we would like to do. There is no word called Hate about Test Insane in my dictionary.

How do you feel about other team members at Test Insane? How do they treat you?
In one word, if I want to tell about my team members at Test Insane, that would be “awesome”. My Team members at Test Insane are INSANE. Even though I am from different background they are always there to help me out regardless of whatever I ask.

What does your gut-feeling communicate about you leaving Test Insane? When do you plan to leave if you already have a date in mind? If not, why do you feel you will not quit Test Insane? 
Leaving Test Insane? My answer is NEVER. When Test Insane has provided me with the most important thing I badly needed – Freedom. Why shall I even think of quitting?

Few words about “our Founder – Santhosh Tuppad”?
Well, I know him from a very long time. I feel positive whenever I am with him. He is a source of positive energy to me. He is a “University of Testing”. The way he talks and provides motivation to whomever he meets – it’s amazing. As I know him very well he is not behind money, he does the things whatever makes him happy. He is a person who never thinks of past or future. He just lives in present. He is a guy who follows his heart always, a pure soul.

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