3 Ways Testers and Test Managers Can Prepare Now for the Next Recession Even if the economy is strong now, you should be prepared now before the next recession hits. Past recessions have shown us trends that you can take advantage of: Trend #1 When the economy goes down, educational enrollment goes up. So be proactive. What’s the ASTQB Advantage? Well, If you are ahead of the crowd and building your skills through ISTQB certification, you are making yourself a more valuable part of the team and harder to let go of in the future. Trend #2 When a recession does hit, everyone wants a job, so it will make it more difficult to get an interview for software testing. What should you do now? Start building your software testing resume and contacts immediately. What’s the ASTQB Advantage? ASTQB is respected and looked at worldwide as a leading provider of software testing certification. Taking your ISTQB exams through ASTQB will get you noticed. Also, being in contact with other people who are ASTQB certified can help you possibly open some of those doors to get a much-needed interview. If you are laid off your software testing job, you can get the attention of employers by being listed in the AT*Work™ Software Tester Directory. Trend #3 The software QA work needed doesn’t disappear as quickly as staffing does among software testers. What’s the ASTQB Advantage? ASTQB can help you as a Manager to build your company’s capacity. Increase the capacity of your team with advanced certification training such as: ISTQB Test Analyst ISTQB Technical Test Analyst. ISTQB Test Automation Engineering ISTQB Security Testing ISTQB Usability Testing and ISTQB Mobile Application Testing. As busy as you are, it’s difficult to find time to prepare for a recession. But now is the best time to prepare. Let ASTQB – ISTQB in the U.S. – build your skills, build your contacts and build your capacity. Then you can relax by knowing you’re ready for whatever may come.