This Article Explains Why Should You Choose Software Testing as a Career Option and Which are The Most Important Skills for Software Testers:
How to get a Software Testing job? How to get an entry in the Software Testing field? Can I get a job in QA Testing field?
We have been getting these types of questions frequently. All these questions are somewhat similar to each other.
I have written a post on choosing Software Testing as your career where you can analyze your abilities and know which are the most important skills required for Software Testing.
Job Benefits For Software Testers
Recently, I was going through a recruitment post on our Job Guidance section and I was amazed to see the list of benefits provided by the employer. They were hiring for the position of “Software Test Team Leader” for a reputed company in the UK.
In the job description, the following benefits were mentioned by the employer for new employees:
“You can expect great technical training (including support for the ISTQB Certified Tester Advanced Level) and we have an in-house training division who will look after your personal development as well as unrivaled opportunities for career development.
Our company offers a bonus scheme, pension, private medical care, permanent health insurance, life assurance, share scheme, discounted childcare vouchers, flexible working options, and all regular employees are entitled to 25 days of leave with an optional extra holiday purchase scheme.
We strive to reflect our core values by providing a great working environment, and our active sports & social team hosts a wide variety of events such as a summer party, fireworks display, quiz nights and a wide range of sporting events.”
Wow! What else can an Employee ask for?
Are the glory days coming again?
Some employers took benefit of the economic slowdown, thinking that they are already paying enough money to do the job, then why offer more benefits.
On the other hand, some employees accepted an offer they received, without thinking much about its benefits, as they were in need of a job.
Things have changed now.
Now since we are getting rid of this worst economic crisis, there are many job openings available in the market. Now employers will have to rethink their recruitment plans to offer good benefits to attract the best talent.
However, this employee benefits program is not the same for all companies. Some small companies simply cannot afford to provide all such benefits. To remain competitive in this cutting edge technology, I think companies should be creative in selecting the benefits for their employees.
Basic perks plus some necessary benefits depending on the job type and location can attract good talent even for small companies as well. The software industry in the deep tech space is making significant innovative moves. Let’s hope it flourishes again.
How To Get A Job In Software Testing Field?
I will continue with my advice that “know your interest before stepping into any career field”.
Opting for a career in software testing or any other field without thinking and analyzing your interest is incorrect, and this may result in losing your interest as well as the job.
Now if you know your abilities, skills and your area of interest and have decided to opt for a career in Software Testing, here’s an advice/guideline for you which will indeed help you acquire a good job in Software Testing.
If you are a fresher and have just graduated from college or will be graduating shortly, then you need to prepare well for some Software Testing methodologies. You should also learn all the Manual Testing concepts.
If possible have some hands-on experience on some automation and bug trackings tools like Bugzilla, HP ALM, and Jira.
It is always a good idea to join any Software Testing institute or class which will provide you a good start and direction for preparation. You can join any 4 months duration Software Testing course or can do a diploma in Software Testing which is probably 6 months to 1 year.
Keep the preparations going on during your course. This will help you while giving interviews right after completing your course.
If you have some sort of previous IT experience and want to switch to Software Testing, then it is somewhat simpler for you. Show your previous IT experience in your resume while applying for Software Testing jobs.
If possible, prepare for a crash course to get an idea of Software Testing concepts that I have mentioned for freshers above. Be prepared to face some really tough questions, as you are already having IT experience.
Companies do prefer some kind of relevant experience for any software job, its better if you have appropriate experience in Software Testing and QA. Either it can be a software testing tool experience or some testing courses from reputed institutes.
Avoid showing any fake experience as this can ruin your career. Work hard and make the best use of your abilities instead of getting trapped in fake experiences.
Last but not least, if you think that Software Testing is a career that can be opted by anyone, then you are absolutely wrong! Better remove this perception from your mind.
Testing requires in-depth knowledge of SDLF, out of the box thinking, analytical skill and some programming language skill apart from software testing basics.
Wishing you good luck in your future endeavors. I will continue guiding you and will surely be writing about how to prepare for Software Testing Interviews.