Posted by tac_admin, September 21, 2011

If You Don't Love It, Don't Bother Calling Me

Do you get jazzed about doing JAD sessions? Do you wake up excited to go to work and start testing that new application? Or do you wake up Monday morning dreading going to work, trying to think of an excuse to call in sick? Do you think to yourself “If I have to listen to one more business sponsor complain about the application I’m going to run from the room screaming”. Are you trying to figure out how you can get out of writing the 50 test scripts you should have started two days ago?

If you don’t love your BA or testing job, I can’t help you. I recently “fired” a client because he didn’t like his job at all and I realized I couldn’t truly be of any help to him. I can’t make you love your job and if you aren’t passionate about what you do, you shouldn’t be doing it. Why spend the bulk of your day doing something that doesn’t make you happy?

We all have things in our jobs we don’t like to do, nothing is perfect. But you should have a passion for and enjoy doing the foundation of what your job is.

If you’re not a people person and don’t enjoy interacting with others, the BA role probably isn’t for you. You spend a good amount of your time talking with business sponsors and IT teams.┬áIf you aren’t a curious-minded person and don’t enjoy investigating things, testing probably isn’t for you.

If you like your job, but you’re feeling frustrated because there are things you want to do, but don’t have a good grasp of them, I can help. If you are a BA that has discovered you really enjoy testing, but you’re not sure how to move into that role, I can help you. If you’ve been testing for a while and like it but want a new challenge and you think a BA job is the way to go, I can help you. If you are recently graduated and you have a curiosity about IT analyst jobs and you want to learn more, I can help you.

But if you’re completely dissatisfied with your job and don’t have any passion for it at all, don’t call me. Instead, go on a long walk by yourself and give some deep thought to what you really want to do. Then hire someone in that field to help you make that happen. Every single person has the right to do what they love to do and I would even say, a responsibility (at minimum to ourselves) to find that thing we love and do it!

I have been working in an IT analyst role for 20 years because I love it. That’s why I’m able to help other people – because it’s my passion. Is it yours?

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