In the last few decades the technology industry has become a more and more popular destination for people seeking a rewarding career. Traditionally it was the sector for those with a technical background or engineering qualifications. Today, the industry is attracting people from varied backgrounds; those who are interested in new technologies, those who come to it from a marketing perspective, as well as creatives and management, bringing wider skills into the industry, attracted by the opportunity to grow and work in such an interesting environment.
So it's not surprising that more and more of my friends ask me what they need to do to become a web QA engineer.
So what do you really need to know to be able to get a QA engineer job?
I have spent a lot of time analysing and looking for information to find the answer to this question. I've also looked at and analysed my own career path and conducted several interviews with people with similar experiences. I've tried to encapsulate this in the roadmap below but take a look at it with the following points in mind:
- Every career path is different. We all have different experiences along the way, and whilst I've tried to build a universal roadmap model, it won't reflect everyone's experience accurately.
- The industry, the technology and the role are forever changing and evolving. As you read these words, new technologies are emerging and more efficient processes are being created. So don't expect the knowledge that you acquire today to stay relevant forever. Its a continual learning process.
- The roadmap is not linear. You may start at the beginning of the journey, learning the basics, but you may come at it from a different angle, bringing other skills with you. It will all depend on your own personal background, your knowledge, previous roles and projects that you have worked on.
So this is my best stab at creating a general list of the skills and knowledge that a QA engineer should have and develop in future:
For me, personally, it's a useful summary of my daily work as a QA and a reminder of the direction in which I personally want to grow. Use it as you wish, I hope it's useful for you!
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