I joined a thread on another forum earlier today and it got me thinking a bit, anyway thought I’d share what I often see even if on the face of it it seems against the current market view. Feel free to share your own thoughts on this or perhaps some people may be looking for help in making the transition.
The path from automation to testing can seem a bit odd but in many cases there is some logic behind it.
Often when people start in testing many companies focus on basic verification activities, these they want to automate so careers initially often go from a basic verification role to an automation role, market demand for this path is high.
What can happen over time is the individual gains deeper insight into testing and starts to see many more opportunities beyond the verification activities and perhaps at this point they transition into a testing role if they prefer the discovery element of testing over the verification element. Many in automation roles will also choose to stay and further specialize in automation, others will choose to move to development but moving from an automation role to a testing role is a very valid career path.
Similarly often companies themselves evolve the same way, initially focusing value on verification but over time seeing more value in discovery focused testing.