Change Careers from Software Testing to Business Analysis


Presently i am working as Software Engineer (Testing) with one of the software companies with total work experience of 4 years.

Now i want to start a career as business analyst. Kindly suggest how i can gain become proficient or can switch easily into that field.

Regards Madhuri

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One Response to "Change Careers from Software Testing to Business Analysis"

  1. Business Analyst Coaching & Training   March 29, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    The first thing you need to do is to inventory your current software testing experience.

    Recognize that as a software tester, you have software development life cycle (SDLC) experience that will be useful to you in a business analyst career.

    The reason is that business analysts specialize in several different domains, a few of which are Information Technology (IT) and Software Development.

    As a software tester, you would have had to work with business analysts or even computer programmers during the project planning phase or requirements gathering phase.

    As a software tester, you are probably used to creating test case from a list of software features, requirements or Use Cases. Well as a business analyst your role will shift primarily to creating Use Cases and to gathering those initial requirements.

    What you need to do is learn how to gather those requirements for yourself or how to create those Use Cases for yourself. You can even start by volunteering to perform some of those tasks at your current position and then transitioning to a full-time business analyst position later on.

    Keep in mind that in some organizations, business analysts perform are also responsible for software user acceptance testing and that in some business analyst jobs, a knowledge of how software is developed is considered helpful.

    So, your knowledge of software testing can help you even in your new business analyst career because you possess some of the skills that can be considered helpful in a full-time business analyst career.

    What you may need to do, is to list the requirements for becoming a business analyst divide those requirements into two (2) groups. One group will consist of the skills that you possess and the other group will consist of the skills that you are yet to acquire.

    Read this article to find out about more about business analyst roles, tasks and requirements

    When you apply for business analyst work, focus on the Information Technology (IT) / Software Development Industry because you already have extensive experience (4 years) in that industry.

    Good Luck and Best Wishes


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