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I feel lost as to where to go in my career. I don't enjoy what I do and I've amassed what seems to be a quite mismatched skillset that I don't know how to employ.
I currently work as a QA Tester and have done for nearing 3 years. I was late to university as I was very sick for my early 20s, then did a computer science degree and joined a 2 year grad scheme which at the exact end of the scheme and mid pandemic, made every single QA person redundant. I've since joined another company as a tester but frankly its far less interesting/technical work than I was doing and is mind-numbingly boring and simple (almost entirely manual). I knew what I was getting into but needed the pay to survive.
Is there such thing as a proper IT career guidance counsellor?
I think I know the landscape of where I can go test wise quite well. For more interesting and future proofed work it would be to go full force into test automation, automation engineering, a dev-ops type role, or maybe even a developer role. I hate the idea of becoming a manager and I don't think a full time programming role is for me either. But outside of test, I really don't know what I can work towards.
And like I said, my skillset seems pretty all over the shop. In part because I find a lot of things interesting and go and down my own research/play about. In nearly all of these I have the basics down and no more:
Manual test experience and HP ALM/QC , Azure DevOps.
Unix system architecture.
API testing via SoapUI .
Mobile Network Architecture and some protocols (SIP)
I can talk to people like a human.
AWS Cloud Practitioner (a basically useless business person cert)
There are more things, and I genuinely feel like I pick up new things quite well, I'm just basically overwhelmed with how much there is out there, in terms of job titles, technologies, career paths.