How to start a Business Analyst career and what are the different routes you can take ?
Getting your foot in the door of any career path can be tricky and time consuming. Here is an overview of the different routes into Business Analysis, how to get Business Analyst experience and how long it takes to become a Business Analyst:
There are a number of useful undergraduate degrees that are desirable qualifications in the eye of an employer looking to fill a new Business Analyst position. This includes subjects such as Computer Science, Business Information Systems, Computing, Systems Development and Business Management.
With a bachelor’s degree in these or similar disciplines, which takes roughly three to four years to complete, it is possible to gain an entry level position as an intern or junior Business Analyst.
Becoming a qualified Business Analyst can help kick-start your career, as employers often look for recognised certifications of your skills from a professional body. Some of the most acknowledged certificates will come from the International Institute of Business Analysis UK (IIBA) or The Chartered Institute for IT (BCS), whereas other recognitions include the ECBA (Early Certificate in Business Analytics) and CAB (Certified Agile Business Analyst Training).
Experience in relevant fields, namely IT and business, will certainly help in making the move to become a Business Analyst. The types of roles that can facilitate a career transition to a Business Analyst include: Programming, IT, Engineering, Business Development, Data Analysis, Statistics and others. Any experience, from six months to 20 years in a relevant field will go a long way when changing career.
Learning on the job
One of the ways of moving up through the ranks without any of the above is by learning on the job. You can do so by securing a position as an intern or Junior Business Analyst and undertake training (if offered by the organisation) or have regular catch-ups with team leads and managers to learn from their knowledge and experience.
The FDM Business Analysis Graduate Programme
The FDM Business Analysis Graduate Programme offers you the opportunity to kick-start your career as a Business Analyst without having previous work experience or a degree in a business subject. You will receive expert training and gain all the necessary skills and qualifications you need to become a successful Business Analyst in a comparatively short amount of time, before going to work with our leading clients as an FDM consultant. BA opportunities at FDM are available to undergraduates and postgraduates, as well as returners to work and service leavers.
How to get Business Analyst experience
Obtaining experience as a Business Analyst first requires the correct skills. A good BA will be a great communicator with a mind for data analysis, problem solving, critical and logical thinking and visual modelling. Hard skills in IT, such as awareness of programming languages, SQL and statistical analysis will also be very helpful.
Aside from solving business problems and designing technical solutions, modern Analysts are often required to work closely with business stakeholders, managers and staff to understand problems and operate in line with universal targets. Showing willingness to engage and learn will take a prospective candidate a long way.
When joining the FDM Graduate Programme, you will be professionally trained to industry standards and will be provided with valuable hands-on experience, working closely with our leading global clients.
Don’t stop learning!
The world of business is forever changing, adapting and progressing, often even on a daily basis, so it’s absolutely essential that keen-eyed Business Analysts keep up to date with industry-specific news and developments, whilst also honing and gaining new IT skills with constant practice and engagement.
The best software to practice your skills include Lynda, Udemy, Khan Academy and edx.
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