Photo - Mastura Abu Samah, President, Malaysian Software Testing Board (MSTB)
The Malaysian Software Testing Board (MSTB) has launched a new recruitment initiative to attract more Malaysians to become software testing professionals as one of the most in-demand services around the world, it said.
MSTB president Mastura Abu Samah said software testing professionals need to develop specialist skills and strong domain knowledge can attract significant rewards.
Mastura said that a Technavio Insights report, published in 2012 by United Kingdom-based Infiniti Research indicated that the global outsourced software testing service market was growing rapidly resulting in a shortage of such skilled professionals. The report cited that India, for example, was expected to face a shortage of 39,000 to 41,000 skilled workers in the next few years.
She said the report demonstrated that the skills shortage has become challenging for IT service organisations around the world. However, the current educational system does not meet the required standards and demand of the market, she added.
It has become very important for software testing engineers to have comprehensive knowledge of the business domain and thereby have complete understanding of the clients' businesses, said Mastura. This challenge is expected to have a bigger impact on the market in the future.
She said MSTB's programme to promote deep domain knowledge in the software testing field included existing software professionals as well as university students
Q-College Corp programme
MSTB has introduced the Q-College Corp (Q-CC) programme, which aimed to produce industry-ready professional testers, through 'accelerated industrial grooming', from among suitable qualified fresh graduates and working professionals in other disciplines but are keen to develop a career in software testing and software quality assurance, said Mastura.
Participants of the Q-CC programme are put through a six-month skills development programme at the Q-Laboratory (Q-Lab), a world-class software testing facility established under the MSTH (a public-private collaboration), she said. "Participants will be given guidance and mentorship by professional testers at from the Q-Lab and be trained in industry-leading test tools, internationally-recognised test processes and relevant soft skills. In addition, they will also go through professional certification and get the opportunity to be involved in/ exposed to real test projects."
After the six-month programme, participants may receive job offers in the Q-Lab or MSTH 'cluster' companies, depending on individual performance and availability of suitable positions. She added that MSTH roadshows in major cities have been organised to promote awareness of the Q-CC programme.
"We want to reach out to fresh graduates as well as soon-to-graduate students - particularly those in the software engineering field of studies," said Mastura. "We strongly encourage fresh graduates in the IT, engineering or other science and technical disciplines with a passion for software testing to come for our talk and walk-in interviews [for more information, visit - mstb.org]. This opportunity is also open to professionals from other fields but with a sound knowledge in IT and aspirations to venture into software testing."
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