can any one tell me whether Testing and QA can be taken up as a career
well... 14 years later, I'd say it's a career alright! And notice I say it proudly! I enjoyed every second! I guess I was forced into it after college because of the 1st Bush recession, and I can't say I regret it! I loved every day and I would not have changed a thing!
The long answer is still "Yes". As with anything, it takes training, experience, perseverance, and desire. Personally, I find that the QA/Testing side is stronger if the individual has other experience. It can be a difficult field to start in if it is the first job. A base of reference is very useful. "Gray hair" (or none in my case [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img] ) and "whiskers" help in the inevitable conflict that comes from evaluating the work of others.
Oh, and it helps to be "wired" that way. I love this line of work. I see no reason that I can't do it until I retire.
I'd say YES.. but it's really depending on what you expect from it.
In this job your work will be "discussed"/rejected/judged... more than in other jobs.
You'll have to "judge" other's work, and you'll need a lot of knowledges in other's expertise area.
Don't expect to much gratitude for your effort or results, at least for some time.
You'll have to work most of the time under presure, tight deadlines,...
Sometimes you don't have the authority to change things, even if you have the resposibility.
You'll be never bored. With every new project you'll have new chalenges.
... but you can make yourself really useful, you can add value to other's work.
For that you have to assume responsibilities, work hard, fight for your ideas... and what I consider really important:
YOU SHOULD ENJOY THIS WORK.
Otherwise, try something else...
Definitely the answer is YES. I have been in Software Testing and Development for 16 years. I started off in a programmer position and was doing a lot of maintenance/testing work early on. Ya know, new guy gets the stuff others don't want to do.
After about a year I switched over full time, because I saw this as an opportunity for a career (not many people in the PC software world were doing testing full time back in 88), and have not looked back since. I guess to keep my inside programmer happy I do automation quite a lot.
Now I admit at times I ask myself what in the world am I doing in this type of work (it can be very stressful and frustrating), but when things work out it is great. Software Testing has allowed me to work with all parts of the company (Management, Development, Marketing & Sales, Documentation, Tech. Support, and clients). This has allowed and made me a better tester and software professional. You will be pushed both personally and technically in this type of position/work.
So... if your ready to dig in and have wild ride then testing is the place to be. You'll never get bored.
I've been doing SW Testing as my job non-stop since September 1987, so I guess that qualifies as a career? [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
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