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Software tester job - stepping stone to being a programmer?

I have a software degree and want to get into programming. Most programming jobs are looking for 2yrs experience in programming, but i have 2yrs exp in tech support. Would getting a software tester job first be a good stepping stone between tech support and programming? They dont seem to require as much experience, so im more hopeful of being able to get a job.

Asked By: spdy - 12/3/2007
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No, s/w testing is entirely different from programming. If u have tech. exp. then go thru that. But if u like to go with programming, be efficient in any 2 or 3 languages tat r currently using in companies.I think this may be a good idea. Think urself positively and work on.. Good luck
Answered By: Jeni - 12/4/2007
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It wouldnt hurt, but it may not help much. What you really need to get a programming gig is some level of expertise in a language. One thing you could do is write a program, then use that to "show off" to potential employers.
Answered By: phil - 12/3/2007
 
Actually it would often be the other way around - to be a really good software tester unless your organization just has you follow already written test scripts and report on results, you'd be better with some programming experience. If you are just following test scripts and reporting on them, it wouldn't really give... More
Answered By: Judy - 12/3/2007
 
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