"Getting a job as a Business Analyst with a Software Engineering degree and no work experience"
Coaching on how to get a business analyst job with a software engineering degree
By studying and receiving a college degree in software engineering, you have proven that you can learn and pass college-level courses.
This is really what a college degree, even an MBA, proves.
When you’re looking toward becoming a business analyst, a college degree is not what proves whether or not you can do the job.
Regardless of whether you have a software engineering degree or an MBA, what counts is your experience in regard to skills needed to be a business analyst.
You have proven you can learn by earning the college degree.
Now, it’s time to put your studying abilities to work towards learning the skills required to be a business analyst.
Here are some of the analytical disciplines sometimes encompassed by the business analyst role:
Some of the roles performed in each of these career paths is also part of the discipline of being a business analyst.
In addition to these skills, a good business analyst will learn how to communicate well, in verbal and written form.
On the other hand, software engineers work well with designing or coding instructions for a computer to follow using a programming language.
The business analyst in contrast, learns to “speak the language” of both computers and people and guides the overall business requirements and goals in the right direction.
Studying to earn a software engineering degree involves requirement analysis and feature prioritization skills, problem solving skills, software development, analytical and logical skills.
So, you may already have some handson experience in the skills needed to become a business analyst.
You might even be quite comfortable in your writing skills in regard to instructing a computer to run a program.
Written communication is also an important part of the business analyst’s job.
However, the ability to write a software program for a computer to execute (a software engineer’s role) is different from explaining technical concepts for an audience to non-technical employees ( a business analyst’s role).
Just keep in mind that learning to express using writing skills is important to becoming a good business analyst.
You may summarize this by saying that the ability to write software code is what makes a computer programmer while the ability to speak and write excellently is what makes a business analyst!
Business Analysis skills also includes the ability to gather the information needed to problem solve, develop feasible or viable solutions and negotiate with people.
A business analyst will also need to be a good time manager and an excellent problem solver and negotiator.
The skills you learn in a software development helps you to solve concrete problems.
Business analysts on the other hand, face issues that are sometimes more abstract in nature.
As a business analyst, you will also need to know how to accept and filter out feedback to determine its relevance to a solution.
Again, a computer or a machine will do exactly as it is told, computer software will either work or fail and you can execute a computer programmer’s flow-chart every time and get the same or expected end result.
However, as a business analyst working with people, you face a new dimension of problem solving which involves personalities and emotion.
Good communications inter personal skills will be needed keeping in mind that when dealing with people, you get results that are not always predictable or controllable.
Acquiring the training needed to become a business analyst will require more than what can be attained from a college degree alone.
It requires hands-on experience and coaching such as that found through the Business Analyst Boot Camp.
You’ve put the time and money into attaining your software engineering degree which proves you have the ability to learn.
Now, it’s time to concentrate on gaining the working knowledge and hands-on experience needed to bridge the gap between the skills you already have as a software engineer and the skills you still need to become a business analyst!