Sometimes BA jobs just happen and you find yourself doing some analysis work. Other times, you actively seek out a Business Analyst position. That’s the beauty of the business analysis career path—anyone from any background can choose to become a business analyst.
But if you want to take your BA career to the next level, it’s imperative to prove your value as a BA and demonstrate your know-how in this ever-evolving field. Here are some steps you can take to upgrade your career and land the salary and job satisfaction you really want:
1. Educate yourself. Regardless of your background, you’ll learn a lot from business analysis courses. As a BA, you’ll mostly be working in the twin worlds of business and technology—and no matter what your skill level is, BA courses sharpen your analysis skills and keep you up to speed on new developments in the field.
2. Get certified. Beyond demonstrating to employers that you have the basic knowledge it takes to do great BA work, getting certified also shows prospective employers just how serious you are about being a BA. You’ll however need to arm yourself with some BA experience in order to qualify to write the certification exams. Of course, those who enroll in my online training courses have the opportunity to receive the distinction of CITBA (Certified IT Business Analyst) by the course’s completion. Learn more here.
3. Practice. Whether you’re a novice analyst or a seasoned BA, there’s always something new to learn. The only way to remain competitive and keep improving your skills is to be constantly updated on BA trends. Keep your BA intel honed by subscribing to mailing lists, attending webinars, and honing your communication skills.
4. Get a mentor. Oftentimes as a BA, there’s no one to show you the ropes—you are simply expected to know what to do and how to do it. However, there’s a vast community of BA support out there, so take advantage of it. Acquiring a mentor in business analysis can be the difference between floundering in your new role versus excelling with confidence and skill.
5. Take the leap. Once you have an arsenal of insights and certifications to draw on, take the first plunge and apply for the BA job you want. Remember that not all jobs come under the title of Business Analyst. BA jobs can disguise themselves under titles like Business Process Analyst, Functional Analyst, or IT Analyst. As it is with any profession, it takes perseverance and a genuine passion for what you do to excel. Prepare yourself, break out of your comfort zone, and don’t give up—hard work does pay off.
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