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New Post 3/3/2008 3:28 PM
User is offline Chris Adams
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Re: What is best way to become a Business Analyst? 
Modified By Chris Adams  on 3/3/2008 5:52:06 PM)


Well stated.  So now I ask the question, do you think it is merely a coincidence that I have often thought of the same issue of sustainability/lifespan of flowers and therefore chose to give potted flowers/plants instead?

As many of those closest to us know, an analyst cannot easily stop being an analyst.  We just ask that our friends and family deal with our natural tendency to break everything down to the nth degree.

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New Post 3/21/2008 6:54 AM
User is offline Guy Beauchamp
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Re: What is best way to become a Business Analyst? 


What a great debate this has sparked! In my job I get asked this kind of question a lot and the answer I give seems to work in the UK...

It is a fact in the UK that junior / trainee BA roles are hard to come by. Why?

Because most people migrate in to the role from IT or the business. I did. Most BAs I know did. So the advice I give is

1. build up your understanding of BA work (read the books etc - would not recommend training without any practical experience to put it in to context).

2. get a job involved with change projects in nay capacity (Project Management Office roles we have over here are a great place because you can get a job assisting project admin very easily and then you are involved with lots of projects).

3. volunteer for BA activities - when issues come up over requirements analysis offer to help etc. Prove you can add value by actually adding value.

4. Either when you have established a track record and a vacany comes up within that organisation go for it or update your cv to reflect that you have been doing BA work even if your job title was not that and apply for other BA roles in other organisations.

My company also does recruitment and the top three things employers look for are (in decending priority order)

1. experience of doing BA - and a very strong preference for that experience to be in the business sector the job is in. As a BA myself this is frustrating as it just isn't needed and can actually be harmful but that's how it is. That's what the customer (wrongly) wants.

2. a degree in a 'hard' subject such as computing or maths - not art

3. relevant professional qualification (and this is almost always expressed as a nice to have)

Items 2 and 3 on that list have never been sufficient in my experience.

Good luck!


New Post 4/28/2008 11:04 AM
User is offline Tiffany
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Re: What is best way to become a Business Analyst? 

Hi Jason, I have to agree with Adrian on this as well unless you want to take the approach I did working while going to school (it is definitely not fun since it takes a lot of time and commitment).  There are some great schools that offer MBA degrees online such as John Hopkins Univerisity and Univerisity of Marylyand University College.  These univerisities that offer degrees online do not cost anymore than a brick and mortar univeristy - actually these two univiersities are brick and mortar. I hope the best for you.

Tiffany :-)

New Post 12/28/2010 5:42 PM
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Re: What is best way to become a Business Analyst? 

Hey Jason, became a financial analyst just last year after graduating with a BA in english. I was teaching 8th grade Lit. when my brother in law suggested that I look into BA. It is a great fit for my temperament, but I did have a bit of trouble breaking in. I was fortunate enough to have my brother to take me under his wing, but in reality I could have done it sanz guidance. I am currently attending UCLA school of business while working with my brother. If you are a bit shor of time there are a few online MBA programs which aren't as acredited as an MBA, but still teach you what you need to know. Pheonix university offers an EMBA, as well as most Universities. However I just wanted to share with some information I found while researching salaries and benefits. I hae a family to provide for and this economy these days is not as strong as it used to be, so it was very important to me to be earning as much as possible. I found this site which lists salaries and benefits of many major companies such as Angelo Gordon, and Cambridge. If you are looking for a business or financial analyst position, I highly recommend you check out this site, it is free, you jsut have to register for it. Hope this helps you as much as it helped me.


New Post 12/30/2010 6:54 PM
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Re: What is best way to become a Business Analyst? 

I 'm not sure of the best way to become a BA, but there are a lot of com[panies that offer paind internships WHILE putting you through an MBA program wither ata university, or online. While there is nothing wrong with an E MBA, they are sometimes not held in as high esteem as one from a university. I personally think this is silly considering the state of the electronic world these days, but that's just how it is. You still learn all the same information and education, so it is up to you.

New Post 1/19/2011 1:28 AM
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Re: What is best way to become a Business Analyst?Best way to become a Business Analyst, A Business  

Best way to become a Business Analyst, A Business Analyst is responsible for acting as a bridge between stakeholders in an organization in order to identify, describe, and authorize the internal changes, mainly the creation or improvement of processes, policies, and information technology systems, that are required for that organization to achieve its goals.

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