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Vernon Richards | Quality Coach

Vernon Richards | Quality Coach

November 2, 2022

3 Pieces Of Advice Iā€™d Give Anyone Starting In Software Testing And Quality.

I was recently asked for advice on how to break into testing.

I have been working in testing and software quality for 20 years. Over that time, I've seen many people pivot to a career in testing. Watching their success and reflecting on my own start, I think there are some commonalities. So if this is something you're trying to figure out, this post is for you!

Here are the 3 simple (but effective) pieces of advice I'd give anyone starting out (or who wants to get started):

Advice #1: Learn the fundamentals of testing

Having a good foundation is critical.

First, you need to learn some theory:

Advice #2: Learn how to communicate

Talking effectively about your work and the work with peers and managers is vital.

Here are some excellent resources on that:

Advice #3: Network, network, network

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

Get involved with the community:

  • Ministry of Testing (MoT) has a thriving community. I recommend starting with their Slack channel & forums. Head to their website to find out all the other ways you can engage!

  • Look for local software testing meetups that you can participate in. Many now stream their events online, so look out for those too!

  • Create a LinkedIn profile and connect with the people you've been engaging with online!

Honestly, I wish someone had told me these things earlier in my career.

But I'm at least glad I can pass them along to you.

BONUS TIP!: Another pal Nicola Lindgren wrote a book on this very topic called "Starting Your Software Testing Career". She goes into more depth about all these topics and a lot more. You should definitely go and read it!