I am out of IT industry for 5 years, but I had programming background(C and Database). After reading some posts here, I realized that QA is the right career for me. But after checking Dice.com, Iím very frustrated since most of them require several yrs of experience even for black box or manual testing!
I got BS&MS degree in CS, and I have Real Estate/Mortgage and financial industry(Variable Contracts & Life license) experience. I took accounting and tax classes at a community college.
Based on my background, could you please give me some recommendation?
Getting to the original poster's questions, you might want to consider looking at putting your financial/insurance background to work for you in the form of some sort of entry-level manual testing position.
I believe there has been discussion within SQAForums regarding the value that SMEs would bring to a testing team.
One other thing to the original poster, what is it that brought you to the point that you decided that testing was potentially the right path for you? The same things that led you down that path could potentially be the same things that you would want to bring to a potential employer (assuming that money isn't at the top of the list...as employers really don't want to hear about money being the motivating factor that it is.)
Itís very hard for me to find an IT job after 911. I used to be a SAP technical consultant (SAP ABAP programmer) in my country. The excellent oral and written communication skills are critical parts of requirement to qualify as a SAP technical consultant here.
How about trying to become a business analyist for a company in the financial industry? You can talk the talk of the clients/users, and could turn out to be very helpful in translating the language between users and QA/Development. Then while working in this role, you will learn what kind of requirements will help a project and what won't. Work with QA on projects, maybe during user acceptance tests and eventually you can start to gain more QA skills. Seek out a QA mentor, all can help to get you the experience that can lead to an entry level position.