I have been in Testing only for a few months but have passed my ISEB and have been looking for testing jobs over the last few weeks.
Anyway I have just been offered 2 junior Test Analyst/ QA Tester jobs in the city for top Insurance Firms one is for a really prestigious good to have on your CV company the other one is also for a large international company.
Basically for the 1st job they are starting to get involved with Rational Test Manager and the other one has a smaller testing team so they really want me to work my way up to becoming a Test manager and they use QTP and have really experienced testers there.
I am really keen to get into automated tools and am wondering which job would be best out of the two.
The first job has offered me a better salary than the second job and would be great company to work for but I feel I would learn a lot more in the 2nd one.
If any of you automated tool guruís could help out that would be great. I am really ambitious so would love to know which tool career wise would be best to work with?
My thinking is that down the line someone being experienced in QTP would have a lot more earning potential than someone having experience with working with Rational Test Manager. But I could be totally wrong!!
Please let me know your thoughts I would really appreciate it.
Right now, QTP has a bigger market share than Rational. BUT......
With Mercury being absorbed by HP, who knows what the future of QTP is????
Sounds like a crap shoot....
My advice would be to learn the basics of testing first, before you attempt to specialize in automation. After all, if you don't get the basics down, your testing will be garbage. If you go right to automation, you will have automated garbage. Not the way to establish yourself.
Go for the job that will ground you in the basics, whichever that one is.
No matter how much you want it, you may have a very long wait to get into automation. If you learn the basics of testing and get some experience behind you, as Darrel says and also do some self study on automation processes then you would be ready when the time comes. If the second job will put into writing that you will soon get into automation, go for it. But if they can't, I'd go for the one that pays more.
If your process sucks and you automate it, you have the opportunity to make unlimited mistakes at light speed.
This applies to testing as much as anything else.
QTP has been the requirement that I've seen most of the time on job offers, but this is a crazy world.
An excellent tester who understands testing methodology will make a better automation tester. A great automation tester will do better on an unfamiliar automation application than someone with limited experience and understanding.
A number of the real gurus that have helped me with QTP didn't start on QTP they were excellent on something else and when they got thrown onto QTP they adapted.
short term: take the money and run
long term: take the position that will give you a strong foundation over one that will quickly elevate you beyond your own grasp.