This is the text I made for a post on LinkedIn, and one of the comments was from Rosie suggesting it would make a good post over at the club, so here it is:
When someone says they want to learn #Automation, I have to ask WHY.
WHY do you want to learn automation?
“That’s where the jobs are.”
Maybe, but aren’t there also jobs for programmers, plumbers, retail workers? If this is such a switch for you, why not do a completely different job?
“Manual testing is dead.”
It most certainly isn’t. Automation can make repetitive tasks quick, but it isn’t cerebral. It isn’t able to speak with someone to understand what’s going on. It isn’t able to think about what tests should be done.
“It’s the only way to progress.”
Then are you wanting to progress into something you aren’t wanting to do? See the first statement for thinking of it as a career change. Also, what about a lead/manager position? Coach? Trainer? Do you have to keep progressing, or can you be happy doing what you’re doing?
“I enjoy testing, but I also enjoy coding and want to combine them.”
This is a GOOD reason! You know what you enjoy doing, and want to expand upon it. Not from an external pressure, but internal desire.
If you do things for the wrong reason, will you be happy?
So next time you think you need to learn to do automation, ask yourself WHY…
For anyone interested in reading the comments, here is a link to the original post Lee Marshall on LinkedIn: #Automation | 69 comments