Despite Software Testing is experiencing growth as an industry over past years and its value is now certain many testing teams, labs and companies feel the lack of skilled and talented testers inspired in what they are really doing. This event is partly taking place due many believe they can earn some easy money at a job where nobody may check on actual results. But that is only a part of the real problem. Many great people just don’t know where to head as a tester, they have no idea what a tester’s career should look like.
How things seem to work?
So we have a tester. His name is Billy and he’s nothing but green and it’s his first day as a tester. In a perfect world his career would go according to the growth of his personal experience (we are leaving lazy testers aside as our Billy is, luckily, not one of that crowd).
So Billy shows a lot of interest from his first day and takes on more responsibilities within time. Then Billy learns to test outside the box, his skills allow him to notice what was previously undetected or invisible. Billy masters coding for more results with less time and at some point he is a master at a particular domain like, let’s say automation or regression or exploration testing, whatever. After refusing testing methodologies as the ultimate and only way of achieving goals Billy gets a level up. Afterwards Billy is a well-known tester in the community driving testing forward as he can do the right thing in ten occasions out of eleven and is capable of teaching others his skills. Billy becomes an inspiration to every tester he meets after all that and some more experience. The end.
What’s strange in the scheme?
Frankly, Billy’s story line is what would happen to a decent tester in a perfect world. But we are not living in such an environment and every single tester is a personality with a basis of unique mixes of skills and abilities. Some are already great coders when they start testing. Others can be an inspiration from their first day due their thirst of improvements and charisma. There are testers great at exploratory testing from the start and are mastering this domain within score-braking time periods. Such people feel passionate about whatever they are doing and simply don’t want another life.
So where should a tester move with his or hers career path? That question has no definite answer in the testing industry. Are you happy with what you are currently doing? Where would you wish to head to? What are you great at? After answering this questions honestly you will know the best career path possible for you particularly. Easy as that. By the way, feel free to share answers in the comments!