It’s easier said than done to build up automated test suites. After reading this article, you might get an idea how to start transitioning from manual work to automated testing.
Exploratory testing is a hands-on approach in which testers are involved in minimum planning and maximum test execution. This article from TechArcis describes the stages to manage the exploratory testing and outlines why and when do we require exploratory testing.
Have you ever had to explain to people what software tester does? Do your colleagues even know why you’re always so busy?
Here is link to an interesting list of test-related activities. It does show that there is a lot to attend to before, during and after development and you certainly would like to have a skilled individual in your team. Also, it shows that software testing is a diverse profession and a fun one too.