Being a tester for reasons of getting your foot in the door?
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Posted 11 October 2012 - 08:02 PM
I resent the people who "want to be a tester to play games" as much as the next guy, but would a good reason to apply to be a game tester be to get started in the video game industry? Do companies recognize that?
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Posted 11 October 2012 - 08:33 PM
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Posted 11 October 2012 - 10:03 PM
1. I resent the people who "want to be a tester to play games" as much as the next guy,
2. but would a good reason to apply to be a game tester be to get started in the video game industry?
3. Do companies recognize that?
1. I don't resent those poor deluded souls.
2. Sure. What's your plan for moving up -- where do you want to move up to (what job), which type of company do you think you can best do that in (developer, publisher, platform holder?), and how do you plan to show that you are deserving of the promotion? (Working on a portfolio, are you? Going to school for a degree in your spare time?)
3. I don't know what that question means. The answer is probably no. Lots of people got their start in QA and moved up.
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Posted 12 October 2012 - 11:02 AM
On the one hand, QA is a convenient place to start (but should never be considered the only entry point). It is something that I wish more people lived through so as to get a better grasp of "quality" and workflow/pipeline.
That said, everywhere I've worked, more than half of the QAs were aspiring for a position that had nothing to do with QA.
It is extremely hard to get QAs that are both good at what they do and want to keep doing it (and I won't get into the "why"s of that) yet, I feel that it was terribly lacking everywhere I've been so far.
I wish HR would hire QAs based on their skills AND future aspirations, so as to minimize the amount of people that are not going to stick with it, but I'm affraid that it may lower the skill level overall (aka, having to forego good candidates because they seek to become something else).
This probably doesn't fully answer your questions, so feel free to further define.
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