Here's some ways you can work on your career advancement and learn at the same time:
- Take every opportunity to learn from people with experience that you'd like to have - while being respectful of their time, of course. Even the busiest people are generally flattered to be asked and happy to talk about what they're working on; sharing coffee, lunch or beer with them doesn't hurt either !
- Talk to everyone in your organization who you either work with directly, or whose job interests you. For example, you might want to move on from testing into development, operations, project management or many other related fields.
- Attend conferences to meet up with your peers. Getting the budget to attend can be hard these days, but there are plenty of free opportunities around; have a look for local events at http://www.meetup.com/, for example. If you feel up to it, presenting at a conference or meetup is a great way to expand your network and gain valuable presenting experience.