Since the economy is in a period of decline many people find that going back to school is a great way to increase their value in the market. I am currently enrolling for the spring semester to update my skills. I have been testing for three years and do not have a programming background. Most of my testing has been black box and I want to pursue testing code, database structures and more complex testing besides the black box experience.
My question is, that when I finish school I will have been exposed to Unix, Java, C++, and Database design and structures, how can I effectively market myself with my new skills set to get into an automated testing environment?
You might consider taking a training class on one or more of the automated tools that are in use. There are vendor links on the left of the page to the major players, and most of them offer detailed training classes. In addition, Mercury offers the "Certified Product Engineer" certification, which shows that you've been trained in using the tool and are considered an 'expert'. I'm not sure if any of the other vendors have similar programs, but you could ask them.
I do have automated testing experience. I have used E-Test suite. I received training and used it quite a bit. Currently I am not and I saw the need even with that tool to know programming basics to link scripts and other customizations needed. Thanks for your advice... I could live with the D-Backs as the Champs!!!
I'm in the same position as you - 3 years of black box testing with desire to expand skill set to white box. At what institution did you study to gain exposure to Unix, C++, etc.? This should serve as a stepping stone to black box testing. Please resond at your earliest convenience. 8-)
I am currently enrolled at Metro.State College of Denver. All of those are included in the curriculm for Infromation Systems. Mostly interested in making a change to a more automated and specialized testing environment. Right now I am in an area that is mostly testing and not much else.
I'm in the exact same space as you. I'm currently enrolled in a programming certificate course at Columbia, and doing a ton of black box testing at work. Last week I wrote a small C program that shaved a couple hours of time off my co-workers day. That was just something I saw that allowed me to use programming skills at work, and gave my managers a tangible piece of useful test related code. So, I guess what I'm saying is, let people know you are learning programming skills in your current job, and try to apply them at any opportunity. Good luck. Go Avs.
That is exactly the road I was planning on taking. I do believe once it is known that I am working on my programming skills there will be a sort of tug of war over me. Between our development and qa dept. which is fine with me. However I don't want to be a programmer and really want to concentrate on combining programming skills with qa experience. I will more than likely have to move on but I do not think that will be bad for me. Oh and yes I couldn't agree more....GO AVS....