Thanks for asking ( for whatever it’s worth). I am at a stage in my life where I seriously need a career change /advice
I am an Accounting /Finance graduate, proficient SAP user with more than 5 yrs experience in Accounts Payable Processes / systems. Within this period, I have been involved in a lot of analytical roles
Though not officially called a “business analyst.” I worked with consultants in setting up a new payment system, involved in a bit of process mapping.
Studying the payment process and making some recommendations / inputs to a new blue print.
Creating / customizing reports to monitor performance in the ACC payable process- using Excel / Powerpoint.
Due to relocation, I left that job, but was only able to get another job as a purchase ledger clerk in my new location.(UK)
Truth is that as a result of my previous experience / exposure to Process improvement and Reporting, I earnestly desire to go into “Business / Financial / Reporting and Analysis”.
But it’s getting a bit difficult in switching jobs from a “Purchase Ledger officer/Clerk” to any of these because :
1) I am not an IT professional – (Though have Advanced Excel & good IT skills, )
2) I Have not officially worked as a business analyst- as such cannot respond to jobs that require 1 or 2 yrs experience in Business Analysis.
3) I do not have any formal Business Analysis Training.
In conclusion, I would very much appreciate your advice on the best way of getting into “Main Business Analysis” Career.
Would just the training without official experience do the magic?
How To Become A BA With No Experience
Start by Rebuilding (Rewriting) Your Resume:
When a historical building begins to need repair, you don’t just tear it down and start over.
You build upon the framework and the foundation that is already in place to ensure it remains strong enough to stand and support its many visitors throughout future centuries.
Even without “formal” business analysis training or experience, you have done plenty to show your hands-on work in areas related to the work of a business analyst.
As an Accounting/Finance graduate with years of SAP Power user, Business Process Analysis and Accounts Payable experience, you already have many skills that indicate you have done and can do the job as a Finance/Accounting Business Analyst. Restructure your resume’ to reflect this.
Focus your resume’ on Business Analysis roles you have already taken on and how your experience relates to other roles which a business analyst will be expected to perform such as:
Checks and Balances
Strengthen the Foundation – Get Business Analyst Training
A beautiful building without a strong foundation will not last. Even a masterpiece, such as the Leaning Tower of Pisa, has had work done on its foundation to ensure it will endure.
Once you’ve spruced up your resume’, let’s shore up the foundation. When shoring up a building’s foundation, the architects and construction workers look for weak points or areas that need to be stronger to support the rest of the building.
Now that your building is redesigned and looks nice, let’s get to the base and make sure you are standing on solid ground. You already have a bent toward the financial workings of a company.
Now it’s time to get formal business analysis training to gain proficiency in more than one area and make sure you have a complete, well-balanced, understanding of every aspect of what a business analyst does.
One focal point should be Information Technology (IT). While a business analyst does not always work directly in the IT field, many do.
And, at the very least, you’ll want to be able to communicate with members of the IT department when working a project as a business analyst. Even though you may not be required to create complicated program code as a business analyst, you will be required to communicate with, or speak the language of, an IT professional.
Dig in and get your hands filled with experience in this regard. Since companies are constantly upgrading their website, the easiest place to jump into Information Technology to gain experience is in a Web Development project.
The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony – Get The Job
When a building has been built or restructured and is ready for the public, there is a ribbon cutting ceremony where it is officially unveiled as something of wonder and pride to behold.
The same is true with you and your hunt to become a business analyst. Once you have reworked your resume’ and shored up your foundation of experience, you can present yourself with confidence to a hiring manager.
Never become discouraged when a company lists years of business analyst experience on their job qualifications. Once you rewrite your resume’ and fill in the IT experience gap, you will be sufficiently qualified to land a business analyst job. Don’t hold back.
Even job-seeking is a skill in and of itself. If you are not offered the very first job you apply for, move on and view each attempt as a way to polish your presentation and interviewing skills, and to fine tune your resume’ even more.
The more job opportunities you respond to, the more likely you are to get hired as a business analyst. With proper training and a well-written resume’, it will soon be time for your own ribbon cutting celebration where you will unveil your assets as a business analyst.