We’ve all done it—taken a job or project that was not a good fit for us. We may not have realized it until after we started, or we might have known it wasn’t right and took it anyway for a variety of reasons. We were unhappy and unfulfilled, and we swore we’d never do it again.
Don’t repeat that mistake now. Try these ideas the next time you need to choose a position or assignment, and you’ll avoid choosing the wrong one. You’ll be happier, more effective as a BA, and better compensated.
Clarify what you want.
What does your dream job look like? Think about the people you wish to have on your team, the topic of your desired projects, the shareholders you’d most like to work with, and the salary you want.
Write it down and look at it at least once per day. Visualize what you’ll be doing, and imagine the feeling you’ll get as you’re doing it. Now go out and find that job!
Narrow your search.
Many of us have taken assignments we truly didn’t want because we needed the experience or the money. If you don’t have to do that, don’t. Focus on what you really want and what you’re looking for. Keep an eye out at all times for the next project that excites you.
Compromise (at first) may be necessary.
Yes, we just said go after what you want, but sometimes a job comes up that fits most of your criteria but not all. Perhaps the stakeholders are people you’d love to work with, and the analysis sounds fascinating—but the pay is not what you want.
Do you take it? It depends.
Will this look good on your resume’, help you gain experience you need, or is money low in importance? If so, take it. If you don’t need the experience, or money is the prime consideration, you might reconsider and keep looking for one that fits all your criteria.
Don’t be afraid to be fussy if your bank account can tolerate it. Any time you are true to yourself, you’ll be a much more effective BA, and your ideal assignments will begin coming to you. Stay the course, and you’ll reap the rewards.
Your best-fit positions and assignments are out there. You simply need to find them. Take our online training, and you’ll have the confidence you need to land the right position.