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New Post 2/1/2012 12:52 PM
User is offline DATAfiend
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Possible Opportunity 

HI all,

I have been "cold called" by a recruiting company for temp position as a Functional Analyst/Business Analyst. I have the required skills as a Functional Analyst (ie, I've used this software for 7 years), but the "Business Analyst" role is a little different for me. I do have a background in Project Management (I have a cert) and a lot of those skills are transferrable (as you know), but I'm a little hesitant because the call came from someone I don't know, but they do look reputable.

Any thoughts on my taking the plunge into something different? I have been looking to getting into BA for about a year now (I'm just burnt out at my current position) and this might be the ticket to rejunenate myself.


New Post 2/2/2012 9:29 AM
User is offline Sandy
74 posts
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Re: Possible Opportunity 

The first step might be to followup with the recruiter and find out as much as you can about the job - and then evaluate your ability to do (and / or to grow into) that role.  You can also ask the recruiter why he/she thought you would be a good candidate for this role, to help you assess the types of skills and experience that the employer is looking for.

A new role that builds on skills that you already have (Functional Analyst) with a chance to acquire some new ones is a great way to grow your professional career.  You may want to browse through the Business Analysis Book of Knowledge (BABOK) to see the techniques, tools, and competencies that are covered under a Business Analyst career path, and then see how closely your current skills (and career goals) fit into those.  A 'Funtional Analyst/Business Analyst' role will probably be focused primarily on requirements elicitation (Chapter 3), requirements management (Chapter 4), and requirements analysis (Chapter 5).  (Note that the BABOK covers the full range of business analysis expertise - but you don't need to know everything to start!)

These steps will give you a reasonable background and basic understanding of this opportunity - but your best source of information will be from an interview with the employer.  Ask what skills and expertise the employer thinks are critical for this position.  Ask about company support for training or professional development to help you build any new skills that you may need.  Ask abut mentorship opportunities, and corporate supports for business analysis practices (for example, they may have reference materials, peer group supports, etc. to build BA competencies within their organization). 

Plus you have everyone on Modern Analyst to give you help and advice whenever you need it! :)  This sounds like a good stepping stone to grow your career and it sounds like you're ready for that - so I would encourage you to pursue it further if you're interested.  Just don't go blind - collect as much information about the job and the actual employer as you can, and then decide from there.

Good luck!  Sandy

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