I've been working in various
helpdesk/software support positions for several years now, but my goal has always been to work in the field of QA. I enjoy problem solving and I'm always trying to learn about what causes bugs, when I encounter them.
I haven't had any luck yet finding a position since I haven't finished my degree and I also don't live in a very large city, so job opportunities are slim.
I've decided that I want to do everything I can do to teach myself about
QA in order to better my chances of finding an entry level position. I don't know much about programming, but I am comfortable with
I've been researching entry level QA positions and it seems like there's a ton of software, that employers desire. Some of the ones listed that I've seen include
Rational Test Suite,
Load Runner and more. Is it necessary to learn all of these?
Also, is there an easy way for me to start using these applications? Many of them aren't free it seems like. Can I learn how to create automated tests just by writing simple ones for common web applications like
Youtube? Or should I look into testing open source web applications?
I've already found a thread on here about books for novice software testers, so I'm going to be reading some of those soon.