I've never had an official "software testing" job, although I've had things similar to them - enough to have about two years worth of professional software testing experience on proprietary web-based systems.
I've only recently started to take any kind of certification or formal training regarding Software Testing, and I'm glad I'm taking what I am. It's helping me split out my knowledge into modules of sorts, and has helped me understand the timing and priority of the various types of work I've engaged in when it came to software testing.
For example, I had done Regression, Negative and Postive testing in the past but didn't have those labels and definitions to go along with them and didn't have any idea of particular strategies to employ when I DID create tests that fell under their categorizations.
Now I have more information in terms of not only definitions and concepts that are shared with other tester types, but I also have new strategies to use. When? In order to deal with the question-building strategies that go along with fleshing out business rules from within vague system requirements, I figure.
I'm going to take the first test in the CSTP certification at iist.org very soon, has anyone else taken it?
As someone who is experienced but doesn't have the cert to state it yet, what advice could you offer me for finding a good software testing position that is appropriately challenging for someone who is above the "test execution" level but below the "test planning" one? (I guess that leaves Test Design, since I'm not a programmer?)
Thanks for your input in advance :)