Guess this is more a question for Senior members of this group. I have a couple of years of development experience and did about 3 years of Winrunner scripting. Recently had to change jobs because my company was moving. At the time of the interview I was hired as a Sr and told that they needed someone to do back end database testing. However it has been about 4 mos and I am only doing manual testing. I enjoyed developing automated test scripts and miss that. This stuff is monotonous and does not present any challenge. However I am more worried about marketability for a Sr QA tester without automated exeprience which is what would happpen if I stay here and the fact that I have just been here a couple of months. I also have done some QTP and LOadrunner.
Please advice what should I do should I look for another job. It is difficult for me to even get motivated enough to come to work everyday. Should I look for something else or stay here at least a year for the sake of it not looking bad on my resume. [img]/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]
Personally I will not hire or even interview anyone for automation who does not have experience in manual testing and who does not understand the process of testing. Thats at any level not just senior.
Based on the contents of your post I would suggest that you consider going back into development, you don't appear to enjoy or understand the complexities or challenges of testing - not everyone does.
I would also say as long as you have not made a habit of switching jobs you should not worry about moving - everyone makes a mistake and accepts a position they are not happy in.
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It is difficult for me to even get motivated enough to come to work everyday. Should I look for something else or stay here at least a year for the sake of it not looking bad on my resume.
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my personal advice is do what makes you happy. If you are dreading going to work every day, then look elsewhere immediately. I think sacrificing a year of happiness for the sake of making a resume look good is a lopsided deal.
My automated testing staff would be quite unhappy if they were suddenly relegated to manual testing; my advice is to move on and not worry about how it looks on your resume. If they misrepresented the job, it's certainly not your fault.
Linda, I'm not so sure that they misrepresented the job, as he said he was hired as a senior, but senior what. He didn't say that they promised him automation. If they didn't he should not have accepted the position. Some of us enjoy testing of any kind. We create our own challenges if we have to. Some people can not do this very well and should move on to greener pastures.
Agreed Rich - in fact the original post only states:
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OP should have queried if the position was automation or not during the interview.
Lalit - sounds to me like you should move on if you don't like the position you have or can't find challenge in doing it. As has already been stated, many of us find reward in our work regardless of whether it's manual or automated. The work itself is the challenge.
Well thanks everybody for your responses. Let me clarify what I was told at the time of the interview was that they needed someone with datababase skills to do back end testing. However IT Security and the dba's refused to grant me access to the database. So what I am doing currently is running through test plans and test cases that are basically field level validations and error message validations and have ben doing this for 3 weeks straight. This is what is getting me frustrated they dont need someone with 5 years QA and 10-12 years IT experience for this. Thic sould be done by a college intern. I am missing the challenge in work.
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This is what is getting me frustrated they dont need someone with 5 years QA and 10-12 years IT experience for this. Thic sould be done by a college intern. I am missing the challenge in work.
Interesting. Here, we do our work from QA databases; no one has the authority to deny us access to our own dbs...
I'd suggest you move on. I'm a bit different than some of the posters here in that I don't think everyone enjoys every aspect of QA/QC work; most of the automation staff I've known would rather have their fingernails pulled out than do manual testing. And I wouldn't let them near a functional spec anyway, as their critical documentation analysis skills generally range from little to none. They are not good at extrapolating tests from specs.
I've met some exceptions that are good at everything, but not many. And even those that were good at everything didn't ENJOY everything..
So I think you should do what interests you; at best, you'll only do a halfways decent job on something you dislike anyway!