after senior business analyst, what is next?

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After 29 years, my position (Business Systems Analyst) is being eliminated due to outsourcing.

Coaching on how to discover your passion for business analysts

The old saying, “when one door shuts another one opens” may sound a bit trite until you’re looking face-to-face with a closed door and cannot figure out how to open up a new one.

You’ve done the job of business systems analyst for several years, and you’ve presumably done it well.

But, now it has ended.

Whether it’s because of outsourcing or some other reason, what is your next step in opening up a new door?

The key to opening up your future is to pursue your passion.

This sounds like an interesting idea, but how is it done?

Do What You Love As A Business Analyst

Did you love being a business systems analyst or was it just the easiest way you knew to earn a paycheck?

Now is the time to find out what you truly love.

If you don’t already know what your passion is, think about what puts a smile on your face.

Then, take the steps to discover your passion and take it to market.

Many people have turned what appeared to be a dire situation into a dream.

First, they had to find out what they love to do.

Then, they found a way to get paid for it.

Now, they are free to do what they love for the rest of their lives.

This can happen for you as well.

Discover your passion as a business analyst

If you don’t already know what your passion is, it’s time to find out.

Or, maybe you have an idea of what your passion is but don’t know how to fine-tune it and direct it into a money-making opportunity.

You begin by asking yourself a series of questions:

  1. What do you love?

  2. What are you passionate about?

  3. What do you do better than others?

  4. What do you enjoy doing?

Once you have the answers to these questions, make a list of your strengths.

Typically, these are areas where others are quick to compliment or encourage you.

Think about what interests you.

Do you have any hobbies?

If not, what hobby would you like to have?

What hobbies did you enjoy as a child when your time was free?

What type of personality do you have?

Are you easy-going or more intense?

If you haven’t a clue what type of personality you have, there are many personality inventories which you can take.

These are tests that help determine your basic makeup and help to direct you toward a fitting career.

What expertise, knowledge, training or experience do you have?

This could include aspects of what you enjoyed from your business analyst position.

Also consider your weaknesses and things you absolutely do not want to do.

Take your passion as a business analyst to market

Having your job eliminated was your turning point.

Now it’s time to open the door to a new future.

You now have the chance to discover what you really love to do.

If you determine that your real passion truly is business analysis, it’s time to look for a new job that will appreciate your many years of experience.

If, however, you discover that you have merely been working to collect a paycheck all these years, then your true passion will take you in a different direction.

And, it’s time to explore how your passion is marketed.

Research what type of jobs would use these skills.

If you enjoy working with computers, perhaps there’s a career for you in programming.

Maybe you like to teach others.

This opens up doors to all possibilities of instruction positions within a company.

Maybe you enjoy writing.

If so, consider a career in technical writing or many of the other aspects writing careers offer.

Now it’s time to create a plan of action to put your passion to work for you.

This includes gaining experience and developing the skills required in your new aspiration.

Then, you will want to update your resume’ to reflect the skills, training and experience you have in relation to what you love to do.

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2 Responses to "after senior business analyst, what is next?"

  1. Business Analysts Training   May 26, 2011 at 8:26 PM
    1. Do What You Love

      After 29 years as a senior business analyst, it is time to take care of yourself.

      Start by answering the question … “Are You Ready To: Do What You Love?”

    2. Discover Your Passion

      Now that your position is being eliminated due to outsourcing. It is time to discover your passion by answering the questions:

      • What do you love?
      • What are you passionate about?
      • What do you do better than others?
      • What do you enjoy doing?
    3. Take Your Passion To Market

      You should spend the rest of your life marketing your passion … doing those things that you love to do instead of just working for a pay check like so many people are apt to do.

      Do you love being a business analyst?

      If you do, then take the outsourcing of your job as an opportunity to study and learn everything that you can about business analysis or to get as much training as you can on business analysis or both!

      If you just worked for a paycheck all these years, then it is time to do something radically different … it is time to “Discover Your Passion, Do What You Love, Take Your Passion To Market!”

      Contact Us for my e-book on this topic and I will e-mail it back to you … as a thank you for posting your toughest challenge / question!

  2. Girish Nayak   November 8, 2011 at 12:33 AM

    This was a great blog… I so want to become a BA and I will definately become BA very soon. I have already done an extensive research to find out what my passion is. Based on which I finished MBA as well. Thanks for your advice.

    Girish G


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