That’s an awesome video! Very motivational!
I was extremely lucky to land a software tester job after graduating from college this spring. I had no experience with testing, but did major in computer information systems. I wasn’t looking for a specific job, but applied to every and all tech jobs in my town, and for some crazy reason my eagerness to learn was enough for my current employer to take a chance on me. Clearly, I have been extremely lucky, but for anyone still searching for that first tester-job, take courses, read books and blogs, and if necessary, and if you can afford the exam fee ($250), study extremely hard and grab yourself the ISTQB foundation certification. The training is expensive, but with enough studying and determination, I’m sure it’s possible to get certified without dropping loads of money. Like Alan says in the video, a lot of companies don’t value testing as highly as they should, and that in itself could potentially prove to be an advantage when looking for a testing gig.
One more thing, and I don’t have experience with this, and I know it doesn’t pay well, but websites like uTest could potentially be used to get your hands wet with some testing, which could be beneficial to have on a resume.
Also, many companies will ask for several years of experience, but don’t let that hold you back. I was very much getting in my head that it would be silly for me to even apply (having zero experience), but my wife pushed me, and I ended up getting an interview, and eventually the job. I think companies use that to weed out people that would like the job but feel under-qualified, from people that want the job and are willing to go the distance. Don’t worry about about the specifics, but rather about how you can add value to their company.