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New Post 9/14/2010 7:33 AM
User is offline Iwona
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Need Advice  
Modified By Iwona  on 9/14/2010 9:39:36 AM)

 Hello I am looking forward to start my EMBA this september 2010. At the moment I am working in the hotel as a receptionist but I can't do this any longer. I have already Bachelor Degree in Hotel and Catering Management but that's not help me at all. I want to change my carrier and to become BA. I was thinking about some entry programs... I need advice how I should get to start Thank you

New Post 11/3/2010 7:20 AM
User is offline Mitch
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 Hi Iwona,

The best place to start if you wish to move into a Business Analyst role is to do a Bachelors degree in Business Systems.

Most universities have degrees along the lines of 'Business Systems' or 'Systems design'.  If you are more technically inclined, I have also found that many of the B.IT courses overlap with many of the B.Business Systems. If you choose this route, you could pick up elective subjects in the business school to supplement the technical courses.

The EMBA you mention is a good start as I have always been of the opinion that one MUST understand the business first and foremost. Remember though, both business and technical skills are as important as one another, hence why the skill set, and therefore Business Analysts are in high demand.

Hope this helps,


New Post 11/3/2010 11:50 PM
User is offline Craig Brown
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Maybe there are some other alternatives for you to investigate that don't involve another bachelors degree.

  • Consider an MBA
  • Contact your local recruiters - they may not be that interested but ask them about appropriate traijing for your goals and your city's market

And the best advice for you right now;

  • Study the job ads.
  • Create a spreadsheet. 
  • Make a column of skills and knowledge people want
  • Score them for frequency and importance
  • Assess yourself against these skills (and ask a couple of friends to as well for a more balanced and independent view)
  • Highlight the top 3-5 areas you need to work on

You have just done your forst BA job.  A gap analysis.

Next you have to find something to do to fill those gaps.  If you want you could publish the gap items here and we could give you sme more specific advice.  I am sure other readers would like this as well.

All the best



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