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Questions regarding moving toward a personally determined career goals in the field of software quality assurance and testing.

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Experienced QA/SDET, wondering if this is a good career move [closed]

First post here in general. I'm debating what the next move for my career should be and could really use some external points of view. A bit of background about me: 34 years old. In South America. ...
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Are ISTQB Test Manager and ASQ Manager of Quality the same level?

I would like to know whether the ISTQB Test Manager and ASQ Manager of Quality provide the same body of knowledge, and whether both certifications hold the same value? What are the differences ...
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Should I commit to ISTQB Test automation certification? [duplicate]

I am a test automation engineer. I already hold Foundation level. I am considering to advance in ISTQB certification. My ultimate goal is to become expert in testing including all aspects (testing ...
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How much manual testing does an automation tester perform in their job?

My manager has a mindset that automation engineers can be appointed a manual or automation project with same level of efficiency expectations. I certainly can do good enough at manual testing but ...
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Can I get freelance QA (QA Lead or QA Manager) role through my sqa.stackexchange.com reputation?

I would like to get a freelance QA project or a role that could be done remotely. Is that plausible role through my sqa.stackexchange.com reputation? Any leads or suggestions would be appreciated, ...
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Is testing position only for young specialists?

Today I've read the following opinion from the head of one of the biggest IT companies in my country: An IT specialist is such a strange profession that in his youth an employee is much more worth ...
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What is the advantage of choosing testing as compared to other career paths in Software Industry?

I have had many people tell me that I made a big mistake by choosing QA path in IT industry and that I will never get opportunities to grow as compared to developers and database experts. Please ...
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How to convince project managers that onboarding a tester early is important?

I've recently transitioned to a software engineer in test role--currently the only person in this role. We have a number of projects that are in the early feasibility stages, and I'm trying to ...
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Is asking about “The most interesting bug in your career” a good interview question?

We've been interviewing for quite some time and I've been asking candidates: What is the most interesting bug you've found in your career? Either the most interesting, or the one they are proud of ...
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Multiple product-specific QA teams vs a single generic QA team

Our company has been growing and with it our products and the QA team. Our QA team previously has only handled a single "headline" company's product and had this "startup"-like flexible and agile ...
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Contract-to-hire - viable to break into industry?

I am about to graduate with a BS in software development. I am proficient in Java, javascript, html, and css, but I feel like I'd like to orient my career more toward software testing and QA than ...
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What can a candidate tester do to blow up an interview?

We are going to have a couple of interviews coming up soon for a position in our QA department. The position requires quite a lot of manual testing and a bit of test automation which is going to grow. ...
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Quality Assurance Engineer and Business Analyst

I need your suggestions as I am working for the company as software quality assurance engineer and Business analyst so what would be my role all together? Any special or alternative role for being ...
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My first job as an Automation Tester

I just started my work on month ago as Automation Tester, after I had some training. I feel I am struggling in the work especially as we are only two testers. It is my first job but sometimes I feel ...
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Strategies to building up reputation as a software tester in a team

It is important to maintain good and productive professional relationship with the management, stakeholders and development team. Many things may depend on that, but, for this question, let's focus on ...
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How do I get an automation testing job without experience?

I've been working as a manual QA for a couple of years. I want to get an automation position. I took Java courses at a local college, I practiced, I learned Selenium, and I'm fairly confident I can ...
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Remote work as a tester?

My circumstances dictate that I have to work from home. This complicates my employment chances and I am searching for a career that is flexible. Can software testers work 100% remote? If so, how do I ...
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Should I offer my client free code maintenance? [closed]

I am working for a small testing consultation firm. We are trying to compete against other testing consultation companies. Soon, I will finish my deployment at a client site; the nature of my work ...
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How to explain lacking of testing effort and missing test cases to my manager?

I have been working as a contract manual tester; currently, I have managed to get myself into a problem, can you please give me some pieces of advice? One major client I was contracted to work for ...
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What does a Software Development (or Software Engineer) in Test do?

I applied for a job at google which is Test Analyst - I thought it would fit me due to the description of the job. Then I got a call and they are looking more of a software engineering in test. Now ...
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Career focus on single testing skills or multiple? (e.g. Manual, Selenium, Performance and or Security) [closed]

Currently I'm working in Selenium, REST API testing. And our company wants us to do security testing and ethical hacking. I want to know the difference between them, if I take the responsibility of ...
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Ethical Hacking career options for qa professionals

As a test engineer or QA engineer it is very important to have at least one of the Software testing certifications. This will help to broaden the software testing knowledge, also helpful for testing ...
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Which development skill/path will add more benefit/value to QA [closed]

I'm a QA, now I have a chance to learn a development skill under developer instruction. Which one will add more benefit for a QA career path? Back-end (PHP) Front-end Please help to shed a light
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Career path for an Information System Management graduate

I'm an Information System Management graduate from a British university. I had many migration in my life. So after my graduation, I moved to Canada and I tried to find a job for more than 3 months ...
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Learning material and recommendations to accomplish DevOps/Release engineer tasks in a MS based project?

I know it's not quite QA related to be asked here but since all my background is as a QA I thought I'd give it a shoot. Besides this, I noticed that higher seniority jobs also require more or less ...
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Want to move from development to QA [duplicate]

I need advice... I am an Android developer with 1 year of experience. After a last project I can't find a job because everybody is looking for much more experienced developers. I did some manual QA ...
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Dealing with a slow growth curve in improving automation skills and how that affects ones' career

I have been working as a QA since almost ~5 years now. While I am one of the senior QA in my team, and have brought in other quality aspects to the table, my automation skills are still "beginner". As ...
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Want to be Software Tester? From where to start? [closed]

I have done C/C++ in 2007. In between 2008 to 2015 I was doing business. Now I want to study again. I want to be Software Tester (Master Level). Can anybody help me and let me know how & from ...
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How to move from test automation to devops? [duplicate]

I have a background as a developer, but have been working on test automation here in the UK for the last years. I work a lot with Java, Webdriver and Jenkins/continuous deivery - but I am very ...
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Is testing/automation as a profession going to die? [closed]

Since many companies are adapting to agile practices, TDD and all it's surroundings - will testing (test automator, not a manual tester) disappear? I am very worried about my future.
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Want to be a developer [closed]

Currently I am a quality engineer and I am working as automation and white box tester. I create automation suite in java and do white box test of java application how can I jump to java or J2ee ...
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Webdriver + servlets, do they add up?

I was recently interviewed for a job as a developer in test, and the interviewer asked me if I had any previous experience with servlets. This questions was totally odd because they don't use ...
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Is this a good test for a selenium developer?

My boss has given me the assignment of interviewing one of the new automation engineers. The only task left is the technical one, and I have been thinking about a good test that I could give him. I ...
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What should be the next steps for my career?

I had a computer science degree years ago and currently have 2.5 years full-time working experience at a Canadian Bank doing QA/Performance Testing using tools such as HP Loadrunner and Performance ...
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Would having a Certificate help?

I have been in the Banking and Finance Industry for almost a year as a Quality Assurance Engineer. I am planning to explore other options and expand my knowledge. Would getting Certifications like ...
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What should I do to get a job in QA? Do companies generally go for fresher as software testing engineer or QA?

I am a fresher and just completed my M.TECH COMPUTER I am very much interested in making my career in QA, I am fundamentally clear about all the testing and methods ..Can i choose it..? As a fresher ...
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Test Automation Engineer, no record-playback?

I want to become a test automation engineer in the future. The thing that is concerning me is this: I have always thought that test automation is using record-playback to test different application. ...
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What are good resources for a manual tester to transition to automation?

Nervously looking at job posts, automation and programming is no longer "good-to-have". It is almost a must. I'm a manual tester looking to start working towards automated testing/test automation. I ...
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Leadership/Management versus Technical Roles

I feel like I am in a point in my career path where I need to start thinking more long term. Up until now I have been known as the technical guy who can figure out anything. I am the person who gets ...
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Which language would benefit in Software Testing career?

I'm Software Test Engineer and have 3+ years of experience. Still I haven't done any localization testing. As far I can guess, a tester should know the language to test the application for that ...
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Need some serious career advice from the elders here

I have recently graduated with a Software Engineering degree. I have found a job as a Test Automation Developer writing frameworks in ruby/cucumber to test other applications that have been developed. ...
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Will getting a Software Testing Certification benefit me in my career?

I have 2 years of experience in manual testing, and I am currently learning automation testing in my spare time. I was thinking that will getting a foundation/entry testing certification really help ...
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New to testing - need direction [closed]

I just found this site, and I have a question for everyone who can help me. My new passion for IT made me wish to learn more, and I wish to start with Testing. I've learned HTML5 and CSS3, but now I'm ...
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Career Change in to Testing

I've around 10+ years of experience in Banking operations including reconciliations, sales, customer services, asset management, and financial transaction QA. Coming to academics I've done my PG in ...
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Can working in QA for a while make someone a better developer/engineer?

I was just wondering what type of skills gained in QA would help someone become a better software engineer/developer (if any)? I was talking to a fellow intern, and he told me that some of his ...
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Changing course from Pre-Med to SQA engineering…what should I do?

I'm in my second semester as junior in college, and until recently, I've been on the pre-med track. Long story short, I realized that I wasn't planning on going to medical school because of my passion,...
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SDET working as freelancer?

Many developers work as freelancer, developing a project on request. Is there a similar career path for SDET? I would like to work in a similar independent way, e.g., by automating tests per project. ...
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Software testing: a first step to development?

I've been testing Ubuntu daily builds for QA since last month. I wasn't too confident in learning development yet, because I didn't feel familiar with encountering a bunch of code. But I want to ...