Becoming a software tester has a lot of benefits - and, yes, including your income!
Software testing as a career requires passion, interest and dedication as the foremost criteria. You don’t necessarily have to have a background in IT to build a career in software testing, but, as with any job, you do have to have passion, interest and dedication to make it work for you.
As a software tester, here are some questions you might ask on the job:Does the component or system:
- meet the requirements that guide its development and design?
- respond correctly to inputs?
- perform its functions in an acceptable time?
- qualify as sufficiently usable?
If this seems like an interesting job for you, we’ve got a roadmap for you to land a software testing gig. Here are six tips to put you on the fast track to software testing:
- Get agile: Why do you want to enter the IT industry, specifically the software testing field? In order to help you have a better understanding and see if software testing is for you or not, take a look at a fast and free introduction course, or do some online recruitment research. You will be asked at interview, "So, tell us why you want to be a software tester?"
- Explore your world: What are the different types of software testing? Check out job listings in your area. If you know anyone with experience, speak to them about what the job is like. Talk to your acquaintances and friends with IT experience, gather their thoughts. Forums can be a great help if you are trying to research your market, for example the software testing club forum. Seek out information about the challenges involved, the work culture, the skills that are required, pay scale and the demand for software testing positions.
- Dip your toe: Try to find an introduction to software training resource – something you can find here, or within a few minutes and a few clicks to get started. How do you feel about it? Can you see yourself doing this for a living? Is this something you have an aptitude for?
- Surf your learning curve: While many of us are excellent self learners, others need a little help. Now is the time to begin acquiring skills. You can find great - and free - software training classes online. Choose what feels natural and what works for you. Tip: don’t try to learn everything all at once. Put your eyes on one skill at a time and learn it thoroughly. Set yourself realistic targets and study with persistence and skill.
- Stay thirsty: There are many useful online information banks focused on software testing, including this software testing wiki. Be curious and learn how software testing fits into the world of web, I.T. and business development.
- Build on your ambition: building your software skills is the first big step - now capitalize on your talent and create an amazing resume that focuses on those skills, your experience and your determination. If you are turned down for a position, continue to be confident and push through. There are a lot of factors that have to come together when you are trying to nab that perfect job when the odds are against you – you need a job opening, timing, demand, and just a little bit of luck.
Learn and earn your way to a great, rewarding job as a software tester. Even if you aren’t planning to earn a certification of any sort, it’s highly recommended that you read through some learning material to get an idea for how testing works, and more importantly, how it fits into a larger software development perspective.
You can see a lot just by looking: start with yourself.