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New Post 5/8/2008 10:25 AM
User is offline Guy Beauchamp
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Re: Is there anyone really hiring "Junior" BAs ??? 

Chris has given some great advice and I agree with it all - there is something I would like to add though.

In my experience Junior BAs usually aren't born - they mutate! The scenario I am thinking of is how I came to be a BA and one I have seen in my capacity as trainer many times: people from IT or the Business get a reputation for problem solving and get dumped in to the role when circumstances in their company change. Sometimes they jump in to the role but most often they seem to be dumped.

The question is - how did they get a reputation for problem solving? Answer: they were working alongside or even in change projects in some capacity and as a problem arose, the analysed it, solved it and got the reputation. So there may be a strategy for you here: instead of lookign for junior BA roles look for roles that involve working alongside projects (e.g. project management office) - in the UK there are always loads of temp agencies trying to fill these positions. Once in a project, make sure you have researched the role of a BA and know the outline of the theory at the very least. Then do your job, watch and wait for your opportunity and start volunteering to help BAs, sort out requirements issues and so on. Get a few months of that under your belt and then you can update your CV to reflect that you have actually been doing analysis, and you might even be able to transfer in the organisation you have been gaining experience in.

You can then start applying for BA roles with the justification of having done the job even though you haven't been called a BA.

Oh - the other things are get testimonials (preferably from Project Managers and BAs) and keep copies of the analytical work you do: suitable anonymised, nothing impresses interviewers like examples of your own analysis and testimonials if you can get get them (I haven't been refused one yet!).

I hope this is useful!

- Guy

 
New Post 5/25/2008 8:49 AM
User is offline Pastorial
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Re: Is there anyone really hiring "Junior" BAs ??? 

Thats a first class information.  

 
New Post 5/26/2008 7:34 PM
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Re: Is there anyone really hiring "Junior" BAs ??? 

 

Sorry for being away from the forum !

Guy ... thanx for giving the direction! However, I wonder in Toronto which companies open the door to us for volunteering a BA position !!! Well, I'm so ready to accept the volunteering position even if that comes on my way !

Thomas, I'm in Toronto ... wud you plz give me your email address to let me send my resume to you. Know that I'm willing to relocate anywhere in Canada.

 
New Post 5/27/2008 6:37 AM
User is offline Perry McLeod
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Re: Is there anyone really hiring "Junior" BAs ??? 

newbie,

I would encourage you to come to an IIBA Toronto Chapter meeting. That is your first and best place to network for a position. We are having our AGM on Wed the 28th - following that there will be a session on Business Cases the do's and don'ts. The cost is 10.00 for non-members. If you come I'd be happy to talk with you.

Please have a look at the site - http://www.iibatoronto.org/

You may contact me personally if you have any questions.

Perry McLeod, CBAP, PMP

 
New Post 5/27/2008 9:13 AM
User is offline Guy Beauchamp
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Re: Is there anyone really hiring "Junior" BAs ??? 

Hi,

Just a point of clarification really - I am not suggesting you volunteer for BA positions (I think there would be all kinds of issues with that!) but instead of looking for BA positions at all look for roles that involve working alongside projects (e.g. project management office) - in the UK there are always loads of temp agencies trying to fill these positions. Get a job like that and then (and this is where the voluteering but comes in) start volunteering to help BAs, sort out requirements issues and so on. Get a few months of that under your belt and then you can update your CV to reflect that you have actually been doing analysis, and you might even be able to transfer in the organisation you have been gaining experience in.

You can then start applying for BA roles with the justification of having done the job even though you haven't been called a BA.

Sorry that wasn't clearer the first time.

Guy

 
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