I'm in a dilemma I'm sure most of you were at some point at the beginning of your careers. I'm about to start my Junior year in college this fall and I major in
Information Systems. I currently work at a hotel doing administrative work and have been lucky to make contacts in the software industry.
The people I met have encouraged me to get my feet "wet" in
QA before attempting to land a developer/programmer role at their company. My college professors have recommended I do the same.
I feel misled.
As I search job sites for
QA Engineers, the requirements present a host of technologies you must be familiar with, none of which I have even heard of, on top of 3-5 years of experience.
Software Quality Assurance does not seem like an entry-level role at all - it seems it is its own monster.
With that said, I can program intermediately in
Oracle's SQL, have experience with
PHP, XML, and MySQL for web development, and have very strong
HTML and CSS skills, albeit all skills were obtained through school projects.
None of the above is in the list of requirements for an
SQA engineer at any level on the job sites I have found. Why have my professors and peers in the software industry recommended I pursue this? It seems clear I am a much better fit for
If anyone out there did start in
SQA, without the familiarity of the plethora of software suites to do debugging, what were the fundamental requirements you did have to have to get the job?