During my career, I’ve come across numerous testing colleagues with no experience in automated testing who say things like “I’d love to do automated testing”. They expect to be put into an automated testing role so they can learn automated testing.
I don’t think it should work like that. Your employer shouldn’t be solely responsible for you enhancing your skills and progressing your career.
And, the thing is, it’s never been easier to pick up some new technical skills.
If you want to learn programming start by learning something like Ruby. If you want to learn about automated web testing learn Watir. If you want to learn about behavior driven development tools learn Cucumber.
I taught myself Ruby. I taught myself Watir. I taught myself C#, Python, Selenium, Cucumber and Jenkins. The list goes on.
So, instead of watching television or going out for drinks, spend your nights and weekends learning some new skills and taking control of your career instead of expecting your employer to hand it to you on a plate.
You’ll then be able to say “I’m learning all about Watir at the moment and I would love to apply that on a project” instead of “I’d love to do automated testing”.