How to pitch your profession?

Wide but curious eyes always stare at me at that moment. It’s when I answer to this one question.

So what do you do Antti?

‘I work in the mental health industry.’ I reply with a pause. ‘Let me explain.’

Can you feel the frustration or even the anger when the software you’re trying to use just doesn’t work?

My job is to help the developers make your software better. I support them by hunting the bugs before you have to suffer them.

I do software testing. To me, testing equals mental health. Everybody is just happier when a software works.

A successful and a compelling story about your profession has three key ingredients.

  1. The beginning captures the interest and establishes a common ground for both of us. That is what the mental health stands for in my story.
  2. The middle describes how I approach the problem. I am a bug hunter to help the developers. You benefit.
  3. And the ending tells what I do if it’s still even necessary. Testing is my profession. Testing is mental health.

Your content grows in value immediately, by creating the context first. The same principle applies everywhere you communicate.

Be it a regular Friday report or a pitch of your profession in an interview.

Source: ministry of testing
How to pitch your profession?

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