QA & Release Manager
I handle the quality of products produced by software engineers.
Day to Day
My day starts off with a lot of stand-up meetings. After checking in with the teams, I meet with my leads to see if there is anything that I could help with. There are lots of meetings throughout the day. I check my tickets to see if anything is ready to be tested. I also develop testing protocols. My main job function is to ensure that everyone is getting the support they need to finish projects and that everything is being tested to completion. I also research ways to improve processes.
Advice for Getting Started
Here's the first step for high school students
Get an engineering or computer science degree. That is where the world of QA is heading and it will give you an advantage. Get an ISTQB certification. That helps build the foundation of what QA is about and what your purpose is in the engineering process. Take some Agile courses and do some reading to learn as much as you can about the processes behind QA.
My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead: