I am trying to plan my it path to set me up as a consultant for retirement.
Always been in IT in some capacity. I am now. Seeing a large need for business analysts, Mngt consultants and gis techs and wondered how one would start down this path?
Any help would be appreciated
Coaching on the Career Path to Business Analyst Consultant From Sales
Some of the skills that you are currently using in a sales position will be helpful to you in a business analyst position as well.
For instance, negotiating, communication and presentation skills, which are heavily used and perfected by a good sales rep, are also valuable in the role as a business analyst.
While you already possess some skills needed to be a successful business analyst consultant, there is most likely somewhat of a skills gap between what you already know and use and those skills you still need to acquire.
To make a smooth transition, it’s time to be your own analyst and discover the rest of the skills and experience you need to land a business analyst consultant job.
First Create Your Ideal Business Analyst Profile
The first step is to compile a list of what a business analyst does on a daily basis.
This should include all roles, responsibilities and duties performed.
After the list is made, you will probably be pleasantly surprised to find you can check off quite a few skills you’ve already acquired.
Following are some of the skills a business analyst uses:
Excellent communication skills are vital in the role as a business analyst.
The ability to formulate concepts and then explain technical information to those who have no technical background, or to express business information for an audience of technically-minded listeners to fully understand is necessary in business analysis.
Negotiation skills and basic tact is also essential.
Communication is not just done verbally.
Written communication skills are also very important.
Fully understanding the principles and concepts behind systems or how software is developed for example, may be a required skill for the business analyst.
This might also involve complex modeling techniques or the ability to express how a task is performed using excellent technical writing skills.
Testing, validating or verifying business requirements, evaluating risks and profit, administrative and reporting skills as well as the ability to create Business Requirement Documents are key skills.
A business analyst must have a solid knowledge of business processes and be able to develop or implement strategic planning for a business-oriented vision.
A good business analyst also knows how to manage.
This includes the management of time and personal organization, customer relations, projects and organizational changes.
Another important skill of a good manager is ethics and personal integrity.
A good manager is also adept at making good decisions.
Identify Transferable Business Analyst Skills
Now that you have a list of the skills needed to become a business analyst, it’s time to look back over your experiences.
Think about your career to date and make a list of how your work experience matches the list of business analyst skills.
Don’t limit your list your duties you are currently performing in sales.
List everything you have experience with, or prior training.
Identify your Business Analyst Skill Gaps
Compare the list of what is expected of a business analyst next to the skills you have already attained.
Check off all the skills that match.
As you begin to compare and match your lists, there will be some skills left unchecked.
These are your skills gap.
These are the skills you now need to concentrate on developing.
Bridge your Business Analyst Skill Gaps
Take a good look at your skills gap list because now is the time to close that gap.
You can close the skills gap by learning the skills needed to become a business analyst.
One of the best ways to learn these skills is by seeking training on business analysis skills.
You can self study by spending a lot of time on your own researching and learning or enrolling in a training program like the business analyst boot camp which provides online training for business analysts.
Improve Your Business Analyst Resume
Once you’ve bridged your skills gap between what you already know and use in your sales position and what a business analyst needs to know, it’s time to put that down onto paper and update your resume.
Any business analyst wanting to find a new job needs to have an updated resume ready to present upon request.
Otherwise, the time and energy you put into bridging the skills gap will be useless.
This is also a great way to put some of your writing skills to good use by presenting your newly-learned skills on paper with the goal of convincing a potential employer that you can perform the job of a business analyst with excellence.