What Does it Take to Become a Real E2E Test Automation Engineer? Part 2: Willingness to Learn

Willingness to learn is a valuable attribute that empowers individuals to adapt, grow, and thrive in an E2E test automation.

Zhimin Zhan
7 min readMay 27, 2024


Part 1: Broad Knowledge.

Image credit: https://pixabay.com/illustrations/swing-reading-book-sky-star-moon-5001985/

Some readers would think, “Everyone knows this is necessary for any really successful person”. Yes, that’s true. Here, I am not talking about top-shot stars. In other words, the high standard of “Willingness to Learn” is a job requirement for E2E Test Automation Engineers.

The reason is simple: sadly, E2E test automation is rarely taught at universities. This means mastering the knowledge and practices comes from two channels:

  • Self-learning
    Few companies provide E2E test automation training for staff (check out this article). That’s why I chose a night-reading image for this article.
  • Learn from a real test automation engineer or coach

Either way, it requires learning and a lot of practice. The latter is highly unlikely for the following reasons:

  • Real test automation engineers are extremely rare.
    Meeting one is hard, let alone engaging in a mentee-mentor relationship.
    (I was extremely lucky to work with one



Zhimin Zhan

Test automation & CT coach, author, speaker and award-winning software developer. Help teams succeed with Agile/DevOps by implementing real Continuous Testing.