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.