Systems Analyst or Database Developer Classes, Which Is Relevant?

I am 1 class away from receiving my BSIS in database development. The school’s focus was on Oracle. My last two classes, which I am currently enrolled take it one step further to teach Building Internet Applications.

However, I don’t feel with a Bachelor’s in Business and soon a Bachelors in Information Systems, that I am knowledgeable and skilled enough to even get a job interview, which is proving to be very daunting.

I would love to be a systems analyst, but I don’t believe I can ever move to that position until I at least have worked as a developer for a while.

So I am not sure whether I want to pursue your database developer boot camp or systems analyst boot camp.

Any suggestions, other than to take both would be very helpful.


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One Response to "Systems Analyst or Database Developer Classes, Which Is Relevant?"

  1. Business Analyst Coaching & Training   April 2, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Systems Analysts are referred to as Business Analysts in most organizations. Systems Analysts are business analysts that specialize in the Information Technology (IT) Industry.

    The Information Technology (IT) Business Analyst

    Because of this, systems analysts may also be referred to as IT Business Analysts where “IT” stands for Information Technology.

    With this in mind, Systems Analysts have to understand the software development life cycle and they need to have an understanding of how Information Technology (IT) Projects work whether they come from the Software Side or from the Networking / Hardware side.

    However, taking the database development route is not necessarily an easier path because some background knowledge or handson experience is preferred for an Information Technology (IT) Job regardless of whether it is a Business Analyst Job or Database Developer Job or even a Software Development Job.

    Experience, The Most Important Career Asset

    With all this in mind, I may say that experience is perhaps the most important asset that you can bring to your career regardless of the career that you choose.

    Knowing that you are just staring out and that you may not have had a chance to buildup a lot of experience, I would recommend this:

    1.) Go for the career that you value the most

    If what you really want to become is a systems / business analysts, then go for training in that.

    2.) Prepare to work your way up

    Take the job that is available to you after you graduate since you may not have a lot of choice in that matter. But as soon as you get into a regular, full-time job. start working your way towards the career that you really desire.

    Work your way towards the career that you desire by putting into action all that you’ve learn about business analysis from the business analyst boot camp. For example, when a software development project begins and your employer starts documenting requirements, let them know that you know how to write Use Cases based on your training. Then go ahead and present to them one of the Use Cases you have written either from the business analyst boot camp training or based on the needs that you see at work.

    3.) Build a Portfolio

    Apply for a full-time business analyst job after you’ve built a portfolio based on all the smaller tasks you’ve volunteered for or performed on the job. By performing these tasks, you are more likely to convince your employer that you are ready to take on a full-time business analyst role and then you also have the option of applying for a full-time job outside your firm with your portfolio as the evidence of your experience.


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