Hi all, I'm new to this forum so be gentle. I've got two years manual testing experience and I'm looking to break into the Automated Testing world but at present I'm finding it hard due to my lack of work experience(just left Uni). What I'm asking, is that if anyone has been in the same situation that i am currently in, could they give me some advice/direction into what i could do to improve my chances next time i apply for an automated testing role? Please understand that i don't want telling what to do, i would like some general pointers based upon their own personal experiences.
what I would suggest, is spending more time learning about the basics of testing. 2 years is good, but the more the better in some cases. You've only just really entered into what the profession can be.
To do automation good, and be good for automation, the basics are the same. A lot of people look to automation as a different kind of testing, but it ins't. It is a tool to add into the box of your skills to allow you to test better, nothing more than a building block.
I spent 8 years manual testing before making the step into Automation, although I was lucky enough to work for a company that brought it in to use and I was there from proof of concept and there through the learning curve of the company and got to experience the whole "misconception of the saleman's claims" first hand. battled that for years with the company.
And books, books, books. I think I've spent well over $5000 in the 14 years I've been in QA to read about another's point of view to see if I can learn from or better what I am doing.
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results
This will get you going on 'Scripting' in the Windows environment and help you build the skills you will need later. It is a good place to start. And also, find a book or two on programming principles to aid in this self learning in regards to Automation Programming.
Finally, in agreement with Tony, get ahold of some basic books on software testing to round out your knowledge. And start looking at things and see how they work. A key component of testing is seeing how to "pick apart" the problem and how to exercise the parts (write tests).