It’s no secret that there is always something new to learn in the field of testing. However, it’s important that we as testers establish ourselves as perpetual learners.
There are a multitude of topics, tools and systems that you will have to learn a you go through your career. I personally encourage the self-learner and encourage others to take on the approach of being a self-learner.
You are not always going to have the luxury of a user manual, a tutor or a course to assist your learning journey. So what then? That’s when you need to take charge of your own education.
But what does this look like? Well, in most cases this means getting hands on with the system, using it and experimenting with it, probably making notes as you go and forming your own user documentation.
In short…take control of your own learning. Grasp every opportunity with both hands and see what you can learn from it. Never, ever just go through the motions to get the job done…always look out for those nice little learning opportunities as they arise. Also, and I cant say this forcefully enough, DO SOME LEARNING IN YOUR OWN TIME…if you are serious about your career, your craft and your development.
But if you are able to master the art of self reliance in your learning, you are going to empower yourself to learn. Never be left floundering again and equip yourself to learn almost anything.
A great book to get you started is this one from James Bach.
I have been a tester for some time both hands on and as a more aloof test lead and manager. However throughout my testing career I find that participation in the testing community is vitally important.
By joining a large online (and offline) community, you are able to learn, grow and share ideas with other in your profession…maybe even masters of the craft.
Ministry of Testing is a fantastic community, so why not get going and join in at The Club !
I like to ponder, I like to reflect on what has passed and on the challenges ahead of me. For me sitting quietly for 30 – 40 minutes slowly sipping on a pipe is a great way to do this, sure it’s not everyone’s idea of contemplation but it works for me.
It allows me uninterrupted time that I have set aside specifically for relaxation. When I am in this state of mind, I find that solutions come to me more easily.
It’s important in life to take time out, however you do it and whatever works for you great. But for me little beats the quiet time with a good pipe and a tasty tobacco…
Starting out in software testing can be a significant challenge, especially if you are transitioning from an alternative career. But with the plethora of resources available to you on the internet, it doesn’t need to be an insurmountable task.
To get started you could do worse than looking at the resources currently on offer via YouTube. Start by taking a look at the videos from Guru99.