|And this is why Sun will never pay for me to go to a conference
||[Feb. 22nd, 2007|02:35 pm]
A few months back, my boss was telling me about how, when he worked in localisation, he used to go to all sorts of localisation conferences, paid for by work. When he was in Sales, there was a similar arrangement. Now that he's in Quality Assurance, none.
You'll find the same anywhere else in the computer industry, I reckon. If you work as a developer, you'll find yourself at one or two conferences, getting blind drunk with other developrs. Similarly with Sales, you're either picking up someone's tab, or you're the person having the tab picked up. No matter what the job is, you'll have some sort of shiny conference, at least once a year... unless you're in quality.
You do not see conferences for Quality Engineers.
I thought I understood why - You don't want a number of Quality Engineers, from different companies, getting drunk together and trading horror stories.
It turns out I was only half-right. I didn't realise exactly how bad some QA stories can be.
So, I love my job as a quality engineer, although I must resign myself to the fact that I'll never be let go to a conference.