how to become a software quality assurance engineer: how to make a career in software quality assurance. Here are three tips

Software quality assurance is a growing billion-dollar global industry. With the ever-increasing number of software products and solutions, there is an equally high demand for quality assurance (QA) professionals who can validate software workflows and ensure they meet functional and non-functional, international software standards and regulatory requirements. . The IT QA job market in India is witnessing robust growth and it is a good time for experienced young professionals to explore and find their place in this dynamic arena.


Role-Based Industry


Before we dive deeper into the how part, it’s important to understand that the IT industry is a role-based industry.

In a role-based industry like quality engineering, it’s critical to look for employees who can perform a particular role with the required skills versus someone who only has certain technical skills. In the hiring process, brands need to make a conscious decision to match skills and role-playing potential, which results in better employee role fit and higher employee satisfaction.

While roles like software developer or QA engineers are popular, there are several other roles like, for example, DevOps engineer or business analyst. There are roles around UX research, project/program management or even that of Scrum Master. Candidates can land specialist roles in IoT, data analytics, and artificial intelligence.

Every organization, large or small, offers IT quality assurance opportunities based on available roles and candidate fit. Aspirants should conduct their own research into roles that would fit their combination of techno-functional skills and personalities. This can help them craft their CV to come closer to their target role. Job portals like LinkedIn and Glassdoor are great ways to get noticed and get an interview slot. Some job seekers prefer to explore brand company pages. Once candidates have set their sights on a position, it’s time to focus on securing the job.

Here are 3 ways for candidates to stand out and make themselves attractive to recruiters:

Qualifications

If you’re a fresh graduate, your qualifications usually serve as a ticket to landing an entry-level job in IT quality assurance. STEM graduates with a Bachelor of Engineering or BCA/MCA degree have a good chance of breaking into the industry. Candidates with a non-IT background may also have a chance if they are able to demonstrate good problem-solving skills, critical thinking skills, and are able to articulate their thought process to the business/technical context. However, a lot depends on the employer and their requirements. It helps if you take professional certifications like ISTQB®. Be sure to read about programming concepts, software development life cycle (SDLC), software testing life cycle (STLC), types of tests, tools related to software testing, so that the interviewer can assess your level of knowledge required for the position. Demonstrating your skills in problem solving, critical thinking, and effective communication helps prepare you for the job.

Good skill

Right Skilling is a key differentiator between any new entrant in this field and potential star performers. The idea is to connect the dots and understand the big picture. Any role requires four basic types of skills – functional, technical, domain and behavioral. Possessing the right combination of these four skill types at the required skill levels makes it possible to become the most sought-after candidate. The right skills build employee confidence and enable them to have meaningful conversations with client stakeholders and build strong working relationships with them. Continuous learning helps our employees adapt early to the latest technologies and helps our customers stay ahead of the game.

Domain and specialization

An employee’s qualifications and skills will allow them to progress in their career, but specialization will take them to a whole new level. Modern technology solutions involving aspects of automation, IoT, AI, cloud engineering, and enterprise security require a powerful blend of domain, technical expertise, and maturity to collaborate across multiple groups for enterprise level implementations. Depending on a candidate’s practical knowledge and experience gained from their professional roles, working in such future-ready areas can help them stand out in the software QA world. These professionals are sought after and courted by the world’s leading software brands.

To conclude, a career in software quality assurance is a journey – although we’ve only mentioned three major ways, everyone’s journey is unique and fraught with its own set of challenges and rewards.


(Writers are the Talent Acquisition Manager at Qualitest India, an AI-powered quality engineering company)

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