I have CS degree and was working as QA engineer for the past nine years. I plan to take the CSQE
test this fall.
Do you know, if that helps boost my carrer?
If so, any recommendation of material to prepare?
Books? CDs? Classes? online materials?
It will indeed boost your career, ewolde. My experience is that it helps in two ways:
- it lends credibility to all your quality discussions with coders, mgmt, customers, and other stakeholders,
- it gives you personal conviction that you are indeed knowledgeable about software quality.
Moreover, it is a vehicle through with SQE is becoming a more recognized discipline (rather than a craft).
I have not found it significantly increases my chances. It has, however, launched some interesting conversations when interviewing. (Usually starts with "What is CSTE?... Oh! so you know/can/do ...")
As next365 said, I do believe it gained me some 'in' during the "who to interview" selection process. However, beyond moving up/out of the resume "pile", probably not much more than getting called for an interview.
Also, like iesavage said, I found it has been a tremendous confidence builder for me. Knowing I was able to study, test and successfully pass the certification cemented my abilities in my own mind and helps ME feel more confident talking about what I know.
Look at the Training and Certification forum - there have been many discussions regarding the pro/con of certifications. Hope this helps you.