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Microsoft SDET position
How difficult is it to transition from a software test engineer to a software development engineer?

I interviewed for a Software Engineering role, but unfortuantely wasnt offered the position. The company said there were impressed with me and Inwas close behind the other cadidate and that they wanted me to go in and talk to about another role, Software Engineer in Test.

So my question is as per the title really, What is the role of a Software Engineer in Test? What do you envisage the type of work would be involved in a role like this? Would taking a role like this limit me to moving into regular software engineering?

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marked as duplicate by Thomas Owens, Adam Lear Sep 19 '11 at 1:33

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Why don't you ask these questions to the organization that offered you the opportunity to interview for this position? They would be the best people to answer those questions. – Thomas Owens Sep 18 '11 at 23:42
Yes of course - that is in the plan. I wanted to get an idea of what may be involved, so I could do some reading around beforehand. – JonB Sep 18 '11 at 23:45

SEIT's are people with developer skills working in a testing organization doing things like writing automated tests. It's a much higher skill level job than traditional QA, and really involves designing and developing code. Not only would it not limit you (as far as moving into development), it would be a great way for you to learn how the organization works and the strengths and weaknesses of the software. Keep an open mind towards it as something you could do for 2-4 years, not just a "stepping stone" to be moved past as quickly as possible.

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