Ever found yourself frustrated with software glitches that disrupt your online experience?

Imagine navigating a website, and a mysterious bug throws a curveball into your usual flow. What if you could be the detective solving these digital mysteries?

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I have 5 years experience in QA working for companies like Amazon, Microsoft, and Nintendo, so let me help you discover the essential steps to becoming a successful quality assurance (QA) tester.

I. Role and Impact

A QA tester's careful work directly affects how good the final product is, making sure users have a problem-free experience.

QA testers:

  • Test software, hardware, apps, games, etc. This is highly repetitious work requiring focus and attention to detail.

  • Fix issues that affect the functionality of the product. This could be easy or require the support of other teams.

  • Make sure everything is okay. They give the final green light that a product is ready for public release.

QA testers ensure that users can trust the products they use. In the world of software, a QA tester is like a detective, making sure everything is safe and reliable.


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II. Education and Skills

While a specific degree or education is not required to start a career in QA testing, there are some basic skills that can come in handy:

  • problem-solving abilities

  • investigation skills

  • tech-savviness

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For a career in QA testing, individuals should consider taking courses that provide a strong technical foundation. Examples of relevant classes include:

QA tester certifications, such as the ISTQB (International Software Testing Qualifications Board) or the Certified Software Tester (CSTE), validate your expertise and proficiency in various testing methodologies.

These certifications not only enhance your credibility in the industry but also open doors to advanced career opportunities.

III. Practical Experience

Embarking on a journey to become a quality assurance (QA) tester involves gaining hands-on experience through various avenues.

When I first started, I was contracted as a game tester at Nintendo. This gave me the experience to move on to contracting at Amazon, performing QA on digital streaming services. Imagine getting paid to play games or watch movies all day!

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To gain some relevant experience, try:

Internships and contract work: These structured experiences provide a professional setting to apply theoretical knowledge and understand the dynamics of QA testing in real-world scenarios.

Projects: Engaging in personal or collaborative projects offers the opportunity to tackle practical challenges, enhancing your problem-solving skills and deepening your understanding of QA processes.

Self-learning: Whether through online courses or personal projects, self-learning is invaluable for exploring specific areas of interest and staying updated on the latest industry trends.


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Take Action

The dynamic QA testing field is ever-evolving, urging detectives to stay on their toes. Embrace the journey of continuous learning, whether through ongoing education, professional development, or staying attuned to emerging industry trends.

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