I recently graduated from university after studying computer science. I do not possess any professional experience in software development. In this case, is it worth mentioning QA experience (less than two years) in my CV?

Note: this QA experience corresponds to working in QA in a big software corporate (exposure to the industry).

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    Possible duplicate of Should my resume list work experience from unrelated fields? Oct 20, 2017 at 16:51
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    Except that software QA is is very much related to software development. In really small companies, the developers often do both development and QA.
    – 17 of 26
    Oct 20, 2017 at 16:56
  • @Dukeling though it is answering my question to some extent, I think that 17 of 26's answer is more informative in this specific case.
    – Moon
    Oct 20, 2017 at 17:07
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    It's worth noting that in Agile development frameworks like Scrum, Developers are "cross functional" and the distinction between "coder" and "qa guy" is ideally eliminated.
    – Mystagogue
    Oct 20, 2017 at 19:43
  • @Mystagogue I disagree. Development and QA are distinctly different skill sets.
    – 17 of 26
    Oct 23, 2017 at 15:09

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The QA job gave you experience with testing and the software development process.

Those are both very relevant to a software developer and you will be a better candidate than a college grad without any experience.

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    Especially if you can link it back to the job requirements. "Because of my QA background, I know what a finished product should look like when it's ready to go into production," etc. Oct 20, 2017 at 17:05

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