Software testing as a career and the word stagnation might seem an unlikely combination. The traditional model of career progression was: learn a skill, get a job, get promoted, become a manager, then keep that job until you retire. The problem with that is that not only does it limit opportunities, but it’s also a fast recipe for stagnation. If you’re only developing skills and experience in one specific software niche, chances are at some point you’ll get bored, but with no option for upward progression, you may feel stuck. And this is especially an issue when industries or technologies start to mature.
Despite what you may think, the best software testing careers are those that are not linear. It’s not always about moving up, sometimes a side step or even a backward step is the best career move you can make because it can lead to new and often better opportunities. Here are our three top tips for preventing career stagnation in your software testing career.
1. Always be learning
This goes far beyond the basics of fulfilling a job in terms of development, integration or coding. When you are conscious of learning you are always on the lookout for opportunities to do just that, and this in itself is what opens many doors. Even a lunchtime chat with a junior colleague may highlight an area they are struggling with. It can plant an idea, open up an opportunity to collaborate and find solutions that don’t yet exist. If you document your problem-solving methods and solutions, it can provide a framework for future learning, both for yourself and juniors.
Broaden your horizons by reading books, joining forums and sharing ideas with people in similar testing roles. As you gain expertise, share your knowledge, because not only does this help build your professional profile, but also helps to raise the bar on the complexities and challenges you get to tackle.
Learn skills beyond standard software testing roles, such as project management. With architecture and technology changing rapidly, these are skills that managers need for successful project implementation.
Look to other industries. While being in the hub of an IT company may seem like the ideal environment for career progression, the reality is that all industries are IT dependent and as such there are opportunities to use your experience to make a big impact in other niche industries. The healthcare industry, insurance industry, retail, NGO’s, even government organisations are becoming more focused on technology to become more efficient.
2. Play to your strengths
There’s a saying: “You’ll never get bored if you’re doing what you love!” So find what you love to do and develop your skills around that. Knowing yourself and playing to your strengths will contribute to your carer satisfaction. Why? Because then you’re not simply doing what everyone else says you should be doing, or fitting in with what the organisation expects you to do. You’re building your testing career not just doing another job.
3. Stay connected
Whether you attend conferences and seminars or engage in online forums, staying connected is a great way to develop your tech career. You not only constantly stay abreast of what is happening in the industry, but you also have the opportunity of sharing knowledge with like-minded individuals.
Staying connected also helps you to keep moving forward as technology advances and creates opportunities to integrate the old with the new. Many new technologies are simply improvements or built on older proven technologies so expertise and knowledge are seldom wasted.
One of the biggest challenges companies face is keeping up with technology developments. Staying connected on a personal level to other experts in the industry can provide valuable insights from other organisations as to how they overcame implementation challenges.
Finally, know that your software testing career is what you make it. It’s a platform offering a great deal of diversity and opportunities and suited to people with varying skills, expertise, and personalities. Connect, collaborate and always be learning and you’ll find many opportunities to avoid stagnation and develop your Salesforce career.
……And if all else fails, speak to our expert recruiters to give your career a boost!!
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