Is a career in business analysis right for me?
- I love solving problems.
- I love the challenge of learning. A lot. In a very short time.
- I hate to see resources go to waste.
If this is you, then a career in business analysis might be just right for you.
The journey starts with understanding what exactly a business analyst is. According to Wikipedia, “A Business Analyst is someone who analyzes an organization or business domain (real or hypothetical) and documents its business or processes or systems, assessing the business model or its integration with technology”, while The International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) describes the role as “a liaison among stakeholders in order to understand the structure, policies, and operations of an organization, and to recommend solutions that enable the organization to achieve its goals.”
In this blog article titled Business Analyst Career Path: The Race to Nowhere?, the author claims that the profession is a young one, and makes the relevant distinction between the term business analyst and the profession itself. The reader comments below the article are especially illuminating: a number of readers state that they have been business analysts for a considerable period of time without actually knowing it, highlighting the considerable confusion over the exact role and function of a business analyst. This article further highlights the multifaceted nature of the business analyst’s role, including
- Assessing the feasibility of projects
- Projecting the impact of business changes
- Compiling and presenting business cases for recommended solutions
- Evaluating and interpreting business data
- Analysing business processes, systems and structures
Laura Brandenburg from BridgingTheGap.com, a website devoted to helping people launch careers in business analysis, gives you this short quiz to help you assess yourself for the role; score 4 or higher, she says, and this might be the right choice for you. You should then check out further reasons you might want to consider becoming a business analyst: 42 of them, to be exact, in this article. Also see this article for another perspective on helping you decide if this is the right career choice for you.
This article was contributed by Arjun Sivasundar. Find out more about Arjun at http://goo.gl/4NeV9T
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