Yesterday, a tester asked me how to get promoted. I said, “start learning about your craft”. They said, "but all the testers I know don't learn anything from testing conferences or books".
And this is what makes testing such a cool career choice for some of us! It's full of apathetic under-achievers. So if you want to be extraordinary, it's relatively easy. You have little competition! Come back from a conference and attempt to implement a mere three ideas and you've probably advanced testing at your organization more than any time in the past.
Why is this? Maybe because we fell into this career by accident. Maybe because it's a newish career with few leading experts. Maybe it’s because we can still make decent money on a software development team by merely trying to act like a user. I don’t know. What I do know is, the more I study testing, the more I love my job, and the more promotions I get.
This crumby little humble testing blog made it in a list of the worlds top 50 testing blogs for several years. It’s not because I’m awesome. It’s because there weren’t that many testing blogs!
Put a little effort into learning more about testing. Maybe something good will happen.