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suggest me which is better - developer or sqa engineer

Question asked by lakk in #Coffee Room on May 23, 2011
lakk
lakk · May 23, 2011
Rank E1 - BEGINNER
Hi all,

I got placed through on campus as software engineer at one of the startup companies with an exploding market (they are basically developing applications for smart phones and are concentrating on games and web designing too). But i don't prefer the location of this company.

Through off campus i got another offer for sqa engineer at one of the top most product development companies (and there is no problem for me with this company's location).

My parents are not that willing to send me out for work. Now my confusion is, "is it worth sacrificing developer position for sqa engineer ?" I knew that there is much preference and reputation for developers rather than sqa's or testers. (as for as the pay is concerned, there is no difference, both are paying the same).

As for as i am concerned, i have confidence on me that i can perform better in anything i take up and do.

I would also like to know your thoughts on this. In case, if i opt for sqa post, then in future, is it possible for me to step into developing side? I have rather decided something and trying to justify that. Posted in: #Coffee Room
Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare · May 23, 2011
Rank A1 - PRO
SQA in a blend of software testing plus programming (required in automation). It entirely depends on what you are more interested in. In your situation - I think the best choice is to accept the offer with Developer profile and learn about SQA. Things would be in your favor. After about 2 years in the field, you'll know what these fields offer to you. Transition from Developer to SQA would be easier and prove an added advantage to you.

Go with the Developer profile. No second thoughts.
lakk
lakk · May 23, 2011
Rank E1 - BEGINNER
But when it comes to location i want to stay where i am rather than going out. What should i do in that case? I mean should i start as sqa and then change as soon as possible or to reject this and search for other high profile jobs ??
Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare · May 23, 2011
Rank A1 - PRO
That's the decision you should take on your own. When I was faced with similar situation in past, I chose the company which was within the 'walking distance' from my home. I chose it because it enabled me to devote more time for myself, allowed me to save lot of money, upgrade my skill level in spare time and also continue my Guitar class.

In your case, you will have to decide what is more important to you. Think of short term sacrifices and long term gains etc.
lakk
lakk · May 23, 2011
Rank E1 - BEGINNER
Yeah this is what even i am targeting on..Thanks for your suggestions..
Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare · May 23, 2011
Rank A1 - PRO
All the best, keep us posted. Hope to see you around on CE. 👍

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