For many students graduating from college and professionals looking for their long-term career, the Business Analyst path is very inviting.
Many are drawn to the career because of what I like to call the Perfect Career Trifecta; financial stability, professional growth, and personal rewards.
The biggest challenge to starting your career as a Business Analyst actually isn't the amount of learning you need to do or working through the process to land your first job, but instead it is knowing where to start.
Due to the rapid growth of Business Analysis, there are many organizations out there vying to set the standards for the Business Analyst profession. While all of this information is great, it can be extremely confusing because you have different organizations pulling you in different directions.
That is the reason I created The BA Guide. Regardless of your professional background (or lack thereof for you recent graduates), The BA Guide is devoted to making a clear path for you to become a Business Analyst.
To get you started on your journey, I have laid out a simple 5 step process you can follow on my website. To give you a taste, below is a quick synopsis of each step.
- STEP 1: Validate your Interest - For many of you, this step can be skipped, but if you are not convinced as to why you should explore a career as a Business Analyst, this is the place to start.
- STEP 2: Learn the Fundamentals - The first key stop on this journey is getting you to learn the fundamentals of Business Analysis. You need to create a foundation of knowledge of what a Business Analyst does, the techniques they utilize, and terminology used.
- STEP 3: Enhance your Knowledge - Once you have the basics down, it is time to dig deeper into some key areas. There is a laundry list of things you could enhance your knowledge with. These could be anything from visual modeling, to software testing, to project management, and beyond. With the broad nature of potential learning, this is the second most common place for aspiring Business Analysts to get stuck. Instead of feeling overwhelmed, pick 2 or 3 topics that really interested you from the fundamentals and dig into those (click here to see potential topics).
- STEP 4: Enter the Job Market - This is where your hard work pays off! You now have the knowledge necessary to shape your resume and begin applying for Business Analyst positions. You will now utilize what you learned to assist you in starting your career! Since creating your resume can be very daunting in its own right, I have created a free eBook to assist.
PSST - There may even be a free coupon towards the back of the eBook.
- STEP 5: Continue Learning - Your path does not simply end after landing your first job. Instead, continuing to push forward to learn new skills is extremely important to both stay relevant and increase the success of your projects.
For even more details about each step and for recommendations on where you can get the training you need, please check out The Path to Become a Business Analyst.
If you know of someone that will soon be graduating from college and unsure what they should pursue or someone that is stuck in a dead end job, please don't hesitate to share this blog article with them. Or better yet, share this article on your favorite social networking medium and hit everyone at once!
In any case, I thank you in advance for you helping to spread the word and allowing me to continue helping people to become Business Analysts.
LEARN ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hi there. My name is Jeremy Aschenbrenner and I am so glad you are here!
I am a veteran Business Analyst with a plethora of completed projects in various industries including health care, telecommunications, automotive, agriculture, consumer goods, financial services, food and beverage, and beyond.
I created The BA Guide to break down the barriers to becoming a Business Analyst. I do this by providing training and coaching on Business Analysis tools, techniques, and best practices. Come learn from my successes and failures!
To learn more about The BA Guide and to understand how I can specifically serve you, check out The BA Guide website. I am truly honored to help!