QA Career Development

(Anne-Marie Charrett) #1

Have you experienced a QA career development that has worked for you? What made it work? What would you encourage others to do?

I held a Quality Engineering LEAN COFFEE session where this topic came up. Our findings were here. I’m really interested in furthering this conversation and hearing how others have managed this space?

My overview is here, but I feel its only the start of the conversation,

can others have some advice to give?

(Dave) #2

Thanks for posting this - I have followed your postings and talks over the years and appreciate your insights.

I relocated to a new area having lost a role in management. This new area did not have as many technology companies. I was willing to essentially start over with an individual contributor role so that I could maintain continuity in my CV/resume. I also could return to a more hands-on testing effort instead of doing the usual management thing.

One company responded to my indication of interest. It took 30 emails back and forth to convince this organization that I was being truthful and that (at least) I was worth having visit for an interview. It was a 10 person start-up, and I was exactly what they needed.

The role took many twists and turns, and ultimately I did not end up in a management role. But, I was in a very enjoyable technical role with a strong team that valued the testing discipline. I eventually moved on but my takeaway was that I was able to reset my career and think about what was truly valuable to me in seeking an employer.

Thanks again for the opportunity to share.

(Adolfo) #3

For me is: Learning, learning, learning… Read, attend trainings and conferences, discuss, participate in chats, etc.

It’s the easiest (and probably the only) way but it takes long. It’s up to you.

(Phil Halliday) #4

I agree a lot of testers go on to become developers however I feel there is still the options to branch into other roles and specific areas of testing.
I personally am focusing on automation suite coverage where my goal is to be able to walk into any business and show them the best types of automation for their setup.
Another area to consider is pen testing - I considered it due to my fascination of hackers. To learn all about application security is a mammoth job but there is roles there for specialist - probably a lot more roles around now then 5 years ago too.
Accessibility is also another option for a tester to branch out in the UX space.
BA roles is another option which leads onto PM roles.

I believe my best advice to develop your career is simple - testing gives you a large range of skills and before you consider any career development - stop and consider what interests you the most.
Once you know what branch interests you - learn all about it. Read books, chat to others and simply learn the trade - time is the best teacher after all.

(Ady Stokes) #5

Accessibility is also another option for a tester to branch out in the UX space.

This is a growing area of testing as more court cases mean the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines level AA will be the minimum any site or app should be compliant with. And of course there’s the obvious… it’s the right thing to do!

(David) #6

I see many of my colleagues to jump into PO (Product Owner - Product Managers , depends if it Agile or something else, it is just a name :smiley: ) I don’t now if this is a natural thing, but in my “bubble” I see it a lot.

There are also others that go into Test Managers , Developers …

But, like was already written, there are a lot os areas that QA/Testers can involve, especially in other field of testing - like accessibility.