I am a newbie here and i need some career advice.
I have completed almost 5 years in QA in MNCs. Initially i used to work for TCP/IP, unix, shell and little bit of C for 3.5 years.
Then i switched company and have been working on e-commerce project for last 1.5 years. Skills involved are manual testing and little bit of automation using perl.I have a little bit of knowledge about DB, App server and Web server. I am learning QTP/Selenium to automate rest of my project.
I am also trying to do a Correspondence MS in information science form BITS, Pilani, kind of good even though i don't know how much exposure it will provide.
I want to remain in QA and build my future here. Please advice me what to do. I want to learn something new, something other than this daily job and contribute something other than my deliverable.
If not, i am even ready to switch companies to learn something new.
I am confused. Please advice on the career path available in the field of QA and how to build it along.
Let me know if i missed some data which might help you giving some helpful advice.
Have a look at a bunch of job adverts over a number of QA roles and see the types of skills and knowledge they are looking for. Not just the technology skills but also the analytical and organisational skills. This may inspire you towards a role or positive change you could do in your present company or at least guide you in where you can best improve your own skill set.
Have you talked to your manager about progressing in the company or where you could improve? If you are willing to put in some effort there are few managers who won't take advantage of this.
One of the most challenging and satisfying set of skills I've gained was when I fell into mobile device and mobile application testing. I was constantly learning, constantly being given new situations to consider and it's also in high demand with no slow down in sight. I would definitely recommend this fantastic path. Check out some of the posts in the Mobile Devices forum to see some of the different subjects which may give you some ideas.