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What career option can I pursue, if I want to switch from Manual testing

Posted on: 31 May 19

Hi and Greetings to All!

I am a Software Testing Professional with 8.5 years of experience in manual testing of web, windows and mainframe applications across Canadian Wealth Management and HR domains. I have hands-on experience with SQL and Unix commands. I expertise in functional and regression testing and have solid project experience in Waterfall and Agile methodologies. I am leading team of 5-6 manual testers and handling Test Planning, Estimation, and Execution for multiple projects/iterations.

I would like to immediately switch into a new job/role/career path. However, I am confused and not able to decide which career path to choose. I would like to take informed decision and looking for advise on which of the below options are best suited for me. I would like to base my decision on current job openings in the market, Salary Offered and long term career growth.

IT Business Analyst: Planning to take up CBAP certification, translate my QA experience into BA job role expectation and apply for jobs in the market. To test the waters, I have tried applying for the job on public platforms, however, I am not getting any interview calls due to 3 month notice period that I will have to serve in my current organization

Product Owner: Planning to take up CSPO certification, translate my QA experience into PO job role expectation and apply for jobs in the market. However, I am not sure, how suitable is my experience/job profile in the job market and how much easy it is to land the interview.

Automation Tester: I have Zero knowledge about coding and personally prefer to get in BA or PO role than in Automation Testing. However, if this role/career is best for me, then, I am willing to give 100% to prepare myself for this role.

Thank you for your time!

Hi and Greetings to All!

I am a Software Testing Professional with 8.5 years of experience in manual testing of web, windows and mainframe applications across Canadian Wealth Management and HR domains. I have hands-on experience with SQL and Unix commands. I expertise in functional and regression testing and have solid project experience in Waterfall and Agile methodologies. I am leading team of 5-6 manual testers and handling Test Planning, Estimation, and Execution for multiple projects/iterations.

I would like to immediately switch into a new job/role/career path. However, I am confused and not able to decide which career path to choose. I would like to take informed decision and looking for advise on which of the below options are best suited for me. I would like to base my decision on current job openings in the market, Salary Offered and long term career growth.

IT Business Analyst: Planning to take up CBAP certification, translate my QA experience into BA job role expectation and apply for jobs in the market. To test the waters, I have tried applying for the job on public platforms, however, I am not getting any interview calls due to 3 month notice period that I will have to serve in my current organization

Product Owner: Planning to take up CSPO certification, translate my QA experience into PO job role expectation and apply for jobs in the market. However, I am not sure, how suitable is my experience/job profile in the job market and how much easy it is to land the interview.

Automation Tester: I have Zero knowledge about coding and personally prefer to get in BA or PO role than in Automation Testing. However, if this role/career is best for me, then, I am willing to give 100% to prepare myself for this role.

Thank you for your time!

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  • Mario

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    03 June 19

    Hi Pradeep,

    You may want to search through the job listings here on MyTechlogy to find out which of your 3 options have the most jobs and best salaries available at the location you are in (or wish to move to).

    Whichever field you choose, it is important that you pursue it with determination, patience and practicality, because there will always be questions about how much experience you have in the new field. Each time you apply it would help if you customise your resume so that it brings out any earlier experience you had that might be relevant and of interest to the hiring manager. As a manual tester you may have had to do a lot of analysis of functionality vs specifications, and that is relevant to the role of a business analyst. Experience in manual testing is also a prerequisite for a role in performance testing, so that's a natural future option as well.

    It would be helpful if you read through role descriptions for the three options and think about which one best suits your aptitudes, abilities and interests. They're all good roles in terms of market potential, although the performance testing and business analyst roles probably have a small edge in terms of the number of jobs available. The additional advantage of going the performance testing way is that (with adequate preparation) it could further lead you into security testing, which is a great area to be in at the current time.

 
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