Is “software testing” a good career option? What is its scope in IT industry? A question asked by one of my student who recently completed her education.
It’s very obvious that when someone wants to try new thing then the person would come up with questions. Like if you want to marry then you may ask questions like ‘whether is it a good option or right time or not?’ you may not get satisfying answers from anyone because they will be sharing their own experiences and different perspective about it.
You being a wise person I would recommend to search for answers within you. First understand what your interest is. If you do not come to any conclusion that’s ok because very few can find their interest so easily. You need to try some career options then only you will come to know what your passion is.
I being a trainer, would like to share few aspects of testing career. Assuming that you already decided to be a tester and my view points would add some value. I am not here to advise anyone on their career path. People can make decisions even without advice. And keep one thing in mind that whatever decision you make, thing that matters most is how to make it right and that’s in your hand.
Another thing which I experienced is the quality of being a student. This quality of human to stay student forever would help her grow in any field. So ask yourself ‘How good are you as a student?’
Though your teacher (I think teacher can be anything or a person who gives some meaningful lessons) is great, she has high regards in that field but what is a point if student is not willing to learn. What is a point if student does not want to try those lessons? That’s where you may find it tough when it comes to demonstration or performing what you learned. You can make your career life easy by learning and practically implementing those lessons.
Anyways hopefully these points would help you to make your decision more firm rather than getting disappointed with this option. Do not worry what world says negative about software testing. You take good things and throw rest because that does not help to grow anyway.
I agree with you that in any field you would grow intellectually if you would show willingness to learn. Similarly software testing has huge scope to learn intellectually because your mind gets involved in many test ideas, bugs and bug reports.
Learn how to be creative
To find bugs you need to be creative. You need to come up with Ideas which would help you to find bugs. Because bugs are not so easy to find.
Learn to form your own judgement
I have seen people including me they would accept someone’s statement as it is without even bothering about the truth behind that statement. I stopped it because testing taught me that it’s quite harmful.
Wise in your thoughts
When you learn how to find bugs and how you need to convince stakeholders that this would impact customer or their business then you would start getting real business sense and customers. You would soon find yourself learning customer’s business and get involved in it.
Improve your skills
As tester would need communication, observation, judgement, analytical, problem solving and questioning skills. Testing would help you to improve your skills and that becomes your asset for your career.
Form good habits
Human is bundle of habits. I know it’s quite tough to form a new habit because it requires lot of practice. When you would start taking interest in this field you will learn that you need to read books, articles and blogs. You make a habit of reading which is good because that would help to learn testing better way. Try to be with like-minded people because you also want to share your thoughts and listen to theirs. You want to be a part of testing contests because you are also confident to solve them.
The time would come in your career where you would stop using anyone’s testing methodology and you would create your own. Every new project you would find an opportunity to create new methodology. Isn’t it great?
Start accepting challenges
We realize that this generation is completely digital and every minute technology is changing. When you would start learning new domain, technologies and test techniques then this kind of attitude would help you to survive in this ever changing digital generation.
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