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Friday, May 25, 2007

Question: How do I get into testing?

I completed my graduation in Bachelors of science in 2005.And I have good solving skills in C- language. and I would like to interest to software testing because of that I completed testing tools course also. Actually I am a chemistry graduate. Give any suggestion for entering to testing field.please give reply to this mail.

Are you actively working in IT at the moment?

i am ready to working in software testing and development organisations

Sadly, I didn't reply for a while, until politely nudged a week or so later:

Please give a good suggestion to me

"ready to work", I assume, means that you're not currently working in the industry. The issue then is how to identify organisations that need testing skills, and how to persuade them that you have the appropriate skills and experience.

It's worth considering that organisations that make software have different requirements from those that buy software. However, technical and business skills are necessary in both, and without direct working experience in testing, you will need to persuade such organisations to consider you for a position on the basis of your technical and business knowledge.

You should make a start by identifying those organisations within your area of business that buy software - and the companies that supply those systems. Once you've got a good sense of the software and systems that make up that area, you can concentrate on those which match your technological skillset.

Organisations that make software need new testers toward the end of a project, or at the point where they are customising software for a new client. They may draw their test team from the technical resources, and as a new hire, you would be expected to be able to know enough about the technical stuff to talk to the existing team, and potentially to know more about the business than many of the people you would be joining. You would typically be doing Functional Testing.

Organisations that buy software typically test the systems that they buy only if the system has been customised (or built) for them - this most often happens in large organisations buying 'enterprise' software. These organisations may draw their test teams from current business users and add testing skills. You'd be expected to know enough about the business stuff to talk to the existing team, and potentially to know more about testing and IT than many of the people you would be joining. You would typically be doing User Acceptance Testing.

Qualifications can help - in some [organisational] cultures, you would not be considered for a testing role without a testing qualification, an appropriate business qualification, security classification, or a background in the relevant technology. If you don't have any of these, concentrate on businesses that won't require one.

Put together a CV that details you're relevant experience and shows some understanding of the area you're interested in, and send them off. You can also, if lucky and charming, make great headway networking with people in the business and technical areas.


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