Hi Everybody, Its been 2 weeks since i joined my new company.This is my first job.I am in testing.I always wanted to get into software development.I took this job because project manager has told me that he will be moving me into software development team if my performance is good but he has told that it will be after one year.One of my project teammate told me that if you are good at coding there is a chance of moving me into software development team in 6 months.So i have some questions please suggest me
1.I have done my SCJP.Since certification is on thereotical knowledge i want to prove to project manager that i am very good in coding.What i need to do?.Since most of my time will go in the work and travelling.What i need to do to prove myself to the project manager?.
2.How i need to approach project manager to tell him to move me to software development team?.I love challenges.I want to work hard and prove to him as soon as possible.Please suggest me
Hi Priyanka, Congrats for the new job. First i would like to ask you what is the size of your company? If its a small one, with size around 100 then i dont think that you can switch to development easily. Because in a small company there are limited opportunities. They recruit very specifically. But if its a reasonable big company some 400-500+ then chances are that you can get what they have promised. But as you told...if you perform better then they will put you in development. I am not convinced. If you perform well in testing then whats the point of putting you off from that position? Had i been into your situation, i would have kept trying for a different job. I know that getting a job for a fresher is not that easy. But if you spend 1 year in testing then you will get the offers in Testing only .
For development position, you need to show good aptitude. So even if you cant change the job, try showing your aptitude, and fresh ideas in whatever work you are assigned. Try working smartly, and quickly. Dont try to please people by staying late. Show that you work smartly. And every 15-20 days keep bugging/reminding them about the promise they made(Atlest they should know that you have taken the promise seriously, and they cant take you forgranted). Once you prove that you are an asset for the company they will try to retain you and fullfill your demands.
Get in touch with mambers of development team and discuss the technology related stuff with them time to time. So that they notice your potential. And if a position opens they should think of you before hiring from outside.
You may not get time to do all the above things, but keep them in mind. You can try atlest 1-2 of them.
One more thing to enquire about is how many folks in your position managed to switch to developement within 6 months/1 year. Mind well, it's usually difficult in Indian IT cos. to shift from one job role to another after a year, unless you are ready to shift company or adjust to designation/salary reduction.
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Hi Everybody, Thanks Nitin and Abhijith.Nitin, there are around 1000 employees in the company.I have started well and want to work more harder to get into development.How to remind them of there promise?.Generally, its the project manager whom i need to approach.How can i prove to him?.I am planning to do some more certifications.I need more suggestions from you all please.
I don't know about companies of 1000 or so in India, but in general, you convince your managers you are great at development by developing a lot of great stuff. I don't value certifications as much as proven code, but it may be different in India.
So I'd recommend first, do a great job at testing. No matter what, be excellent at your job.
Then if you see some way to automate your testing, on your own time, implement it. get it to work, show it to your boss.
But don't skip your testing work just to hack, that will really torque off your boss, even if he/she is not a classic pointy haired boss.
There is no alternative to working code!!! This is the easiest way you can achieve your goal. Its good if you show them some small utilities you have developed which might be useful to others. Like reusable code for others. You can also just remind them you finished your certification in java. Build your credibility with them. Look for opportunities where you can exhibit your developer skills and highlight them to your manager. I am sure you will get the opportunity to work in development project.