Want to move to other testing domain
Hi all, I have mobile handset device testing experience. And now venture out to some other testing domain like banking, finance or software testing....etc.
Can someone help what is it takes to get into lets say banking/finance sector testing? What sort to training/course needed? Any hep or pointer is highly appreciated.
In the US, we tend to look more at experience and trust than certifications.
I would probably recommend the following,
* Write your resume not emphasizing skills, but what you have done. Straight skills list, education, and certifications are good for applying to entry level positions. However, anything above that, they are looking for you to take on some leadership and
-- what initiatives have you started?
-- what complex problems have you solved at your past companies?
-- what are some creative solutions you have implemented?
-- Did you lead a team? Did you design a process? etc....
* Write a good cover letter. Explain why you are passionate about that field. Add examples of how your hobbies or background overlaps.
* Get a good letter of recommendation.
I'll throw in a couple of comments from the UK, but from a slightly different perspective. Experience counts here but you'll also get some mileage from qualifications, particularly degree-level.
What experience do you currently have that can be transferred to, well, any other domain really, not just banking? How many years of Agile and/or structured test phases; what level of experience in SQL, Ruby, Java, js, web services, etc; what experience in projects with high-pressure deadlines? Do you have skills in mathematics, physics, statistics, accounting, computer science? Do you have automation experience?
Where do you live, and are you prepared to relocate? Check job boards for the main locations - usually the larger cities (London, Edinburgh) but be prepared to move to where the roles are.
What type of banking/finance roles interest you? Investment banking, asset/wealth management, trading, credit cards, retail, forex, etc? Different areas require different disciplines, testing a front end gui application is far different from testing a backend mainframe server (true story - one insurance company I worked for created their own course in Cobol at the local tertiary college to have a supply of people able to support their old mainframes).
Do you already have a tertiary qualification in any discipline?
What's your long term strategy and how committed to it are you? Are you prepared to study/earn experience for the next couple of years first? What's your motivation for changing to banking/finance? Does the field interest you (why/how?) or is it just a perception of more money?
Have you tried interviewing recruitment agencies to see what skills the banks are looking for?
Last edited by meridian_05; 02-03-2016 at 11:07 AM.