I started a new job as a STE and with a new job I lost all the excitment I had for QA. Maybe because I am more interested in development although I don't have a lot of skills in that are I've built a few windows apps before. Maybe it's because I am currently unnoticed and not given any projects even after asking them a few times. Seems like my manager is always busy for me. It's already my 3rd week and I am just sitting and not knowing where to start.
At the interview I asked them what's their expectation and I got an answer that they don't expect much from me within 6 month anyway. Now, I realized I should've paid more attention to their answer.
Anyway, I started browsing around and found this great forum. I am hoping that someone can suggest what I can do being 3rd week at job besides reading material and learning company's products. Basically, how do you deal with being a new employee? Previously I only had contract jobs and I usually have work from the day one, but not this time...
I add my voice to Jake's - ask for the work. If your manager is too busy when you drop by - set up a meeting. Sometime you have to be assertive, keep dropping by to see if your manager has time - several times a day. Talk to the senior people he has working for him and ask them what you can do for them. Buy books on testing and read them at your desk. Ask where the documentation is kept for other projects and look through that, ask where the documentation is kept for processes and methodologies and get familiar with that.
You will have to reach out.
I once started a contract where I was being overpaid to find out that they would not have a PC for me to use for 2-3 months and where I had to share a desk - I went out and got a laptop and became productive.
I'm not sure what an STE is. But, anyway - if your client is a government dept, sit back and enjoy the free pay <grin>.
Many years ago, I arrived in Chile to take up a job with the government computer service (ECOM). My manager had gone on vacation just before I arrived - for THREE WEEKS! No one else seemed to be interested, so I read a lot of magazines and collected my paycheck.
And that is a generally-accepted abbreviation? Not in the USA, I think, since the "traditional" engineering profession frowns upon the title of "engineer" unless one holds appropriate credentials (and there are none of those - for software - in the USA).
The certification CSTE from QAI in the USA is defined as <u>C</u>ertified <u>S</u>oftware <u>TE</u>ster. I have that straight from the mouth of a Vice-President of QAI.
I donít know if this is also outside Microsoft. I hold a Software Engineering diploma from a university outside the USA. I work in Canada in a company that was established by people who worked together at Microsoft - Redmond. Our companyís standards are of Microsoft (at least this is what they say). I was hired as a STDE (Software Developer/Design Engineer in Test). I donít hold such certificate, but at least at our company and at Microsoft (I met Microsoft testers in conferences) the testers are STE or STDE.
Sorry to start ranting here, I am just fairly new to the whole corporate SD/QA environment (only a year of experience) and a little discouraged. I've only worked in the small startup companies before and this is a huge change for me.