I have 18 years of project management, sales, sales management experience in the automotive and playground recreational products industry and I recently decided that I want to become a Business Analyst.
My experience with problem solving complex issues, sales, project management experience and running a small business gives me a broad base of experience which appears to fit nicely with what this type of position requires.
I am however, lacking any formal training on the IT side, I am comfortable with computers and how they operate but I am struggling with how to best present myself to potential employers since I am weak on this side of things.
This post answers a question submitted by Elena who is “looking for the right study program for becoming a professional business analyst”.
There is an old comedy sketch quoted by many that tells of a young man asking directions in New York City.
He stops a man on the street and asks, “How do I get to Carnegie Hall?” to which the man replies, “practice, my son practice.“
That is how it is with becoming a professional business analyst. Practice and proven performance are looked upon with more favor than a degree or certification, even the much touted MBA.
While a resume’ filled with degrees looks good, those hiring in the Business Analyst industry are actually more interested in your performance on the job in the face of constant changes in the industry!
What is the best method or path is in order to transition out of my background and into a B.A. position while trying to correctly display my skills on my resume and also which industry(ies) I am targeting.
The best method or path to transition into a business analyst position
When pursuing a Business Analyst position, first focus on learning the skills that a business analyst uses.
Master these skills, and then get as much hands-on experience as you can. With the skills and experience added, it will then be time to polish your resume and get a job as a Business Analyst.
Here is a question submitted by Ken Rollerson, a Systems / Business Analyst and Computer Programmer
How do I transform the business analyst skills I have used under a different position title into a working resume that gets some interviews.
I have had titles or Programmer / Analysis and System Analysis and done everything from reviewing request to installing software and supporting the software, I have worked with the user community and have lead small to medium projects.
Yet while looking for a new position I’m getting zero interest.