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New Post 2/17/2012 7:14 AM
User is offline ClaytonC
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Almost done with school and  

Hi, I should be done with my BA in Management Information Systems around March next year. I'm still not sure what I want to do in the IT field. After taking my first system analysis class, I've shown interest in that. I was wondering, what should I be doing while I'm still in school to help me prepare when I graduate? I spoke with one of my instructors about this and he mentioned that he wouldn't hire an analysis if they couldn't write a program with at least 10,000 lines of code. The programming classes I've taken were pretty lack luster; for example, the final exam in my java class was maybe 60 lines of code. Granted I passed with an A, I cannot imagine even writing 1000 lines of code in java. Any advice would be appreciated. Again, I’m clueless about what I should be doing and would like some direction. In the mean time I’ll continue lurking the forums.

Clayton

 
New Post 2/17/2012 7:59 AM
User is offline Sandy
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Re: Almost done with school and  

Hi Clayton,

Many of us are still trying to figure out why we want to do when we grow up - so it's not a worry if you haven't decided on a career path at graduation time.  A couple of suggestions to start with:

  • Check out job advertisements (there is a 'Jobs' page here on Modern Analyst for Business Analyst roles, but also check out common sites like Monster for a variety of positions).  See what types of adds 'speak' to you, as something that you would enjoy doing.  Even if you're not immediately qualified for the positions that you find most interesting, that might just help you choose a career path to start.  (And keep in mind that where you start does not limit where you go later on.)

  • Are there professional associations in your area (such as IIBA, or other IS groups)?  These groups are great for networking opportunities, and the chance to find people who would be willing to mentor or to give you information about local companies and job opportunities. 

  • Try contacting a larger company in your area that has an IT/IS shop.  HR departments of larger organizations are often willing to meet with graduates and discuss different types of career opportunities.

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And do continue to lurk!  Don't hesitate to join in Forum discussions and ask any questions you may have.

Sandy

 
New Post 2/20/2012 11:42 PM
User is offline KJ
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Re: Almost done with school and  

Clayton,

Your instructor should know better: nobody writes 10,000 lines of code nowadays. Its just crazy. I wrote a  10,000 COBOL program once in the late 1970s, when everything ran as one monolithic mother of a program that was partitioned to run in 128K memory. But those days are long gone.

warm regards,

K

 
New Post 3/7/2012 9:17 AM
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Re: Almost done with school and  

 

Hello,

To get started as a BA you need to prepare ypurself step wise. Training shall be taken and you should be careful with what you are getting into.

I will give you an example of our course BA bootcamp that prepares freshers for the BA job.

1. 1st step is to learn the basics of Business analysis. We do that with lots of case studies that help students understand what they will get hen they start working. Lot of the courses that you get in the market teach theortical concepts and do not cover the practical aspects. Our trainers take actual projects and teach students how to write various requirements in the class for those projects. Our clients have called us back lot of times to tell us that our students know a lot more than other BA's working in their company.

2. 2nd step is to prepare for mock intervies. You have to start speaking the language of a BA and mock intervies prepare you for that,Our students feel that almost 99% of the questions were covered as part of the mock interview sessions. You should be prepared to that level before going for interviews

3. 3rd step is to make sure that yuour resume is right for BA market. We screen the resume of our students and make sure that it is suitable as per the latest trend in the market.

If you follow these steps, you will definitely secure a job as a BA. Let me know if you have any other question

 

Thanks

Supriya

analystschool.com

[email protected]

 

 
New Post 5/10/2012 12:30 AM
User is offline Joel
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Re: Almost done with school and  

 Clayton,

I'd just like to start with the phrase, "learning never ends". I've been in the stage where I was already at the aisle of my college graduation. I'm not kidding but the first thought that came to my mind while maching was, " this is the doorstep to unemployment". But, of course everyday is a learning day and  we are in the generation where we can no longer write a program with 10,000 lines of code. I must say, if there's a person doing 10,000 lines of code today, that guy is insane. Although of course, for some  reason, there might be. I suggest, while waiting for the time of your deployment from school, search up for possible jobs that will most likely suit the course you have taken up. So that after college, you wouldn't have a hard time thinking of what to do or what job to get in the future. Be proactive as early as now.

Joel 

 
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