Is the Job Market Good Or Bad For Business Analysts?

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This question was posted by a Business Analyst in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom.

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Here is the Question:

Hi,

I am looking to go into My first Business Analyst role, I have had a mixture of responses from people here in the United Kingdom (UK).

Some are saying that the market is bad for entry level Business Analysts and some say its good.

Is there any one that could give me advise on what I should do and how I should market myself?

Here is my answer to the question on “getting an entry level business analyst job in a good or bad job market“:

  1. Do not begin or opt-out of the business analyst job search because of the state of the job market.

  2. Do decide to search for a business analyst job because you want to be a business analyst.

Your decision to become a business analyst or search for business analyst jobs should be based on an interest or dis-interest in becoming a business analyst and not on factors beyond your control like the condition of the business analyst job market.

Stephen Covey in The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People mentioned that proactive people do not worry or focus on factors over which they have little or no control … instead they focus on their “Sphere Of Influence” … those factors or circumstances over which they can exercise control.

So, do not focus or worry about the condition of the Business Analyst Job Market.

Keep your focus on becoming a business analyst and making an effective search for a business analyst job by:

  1. Deciding if you want to become a business analyst by comparing your strengths to the demands of the business analyst profession

  2. Finding out how to get a business analyst job regardless of the condition of the business analyst job market

Do You Want To Become A Business Analyst?

Take the first action within your control by first learning the roles, responsibilities or duties of a business analyst.

Next compare what you have learned about the day to day challenges or the life of a business analyst to what you know about your own abilities, likes or strengths.

Finally decide if you want to become a business analyst based on all the information you’ve gathered.

There are several articles on this website that will help you make an informed decision on becoming a business analyst

Here are some articles on the topic of becoming a business analyst:

How Do You Effectively Plan The Business Analyst Job Search?

You need to make an effective plan for finding business analyst jobs because making that kind of plan is within your control or sphere of influence.

Make an effective plan for becoming a business analyst by improving each of the following areas that impact your business analyst job search:

  1. Business Analyst Cover Letter

  2. Business Analyst Resume

  3. Business Analyst Job Search

  4. Business Analyst Job Interviewing Skills

  5. Business Analyst Hands-On Working Experience

  6. Business Analysis Domain Experience

  7. Business Analysis Skills & Knowledge

The point here is that job searches fail because they are weak or improperly planned and not because of the condition of the business analyst job market!

Here are some articles on the topic of creating an effective business analyst job search plan:

Finally, I want to say that basing decisions about a beginning a career you like … on the job market condition is fundamentally flawed because of two reasons:

  • You cannot not wait till the business analyst job market is good because the market will be saturated with “Me-Toos” or everyone who wants to get a business analyst job because they hear that the market is also good!.

  • You cannot also delay applying for business analyst jobs when the business analyst job market is bad because others will also assume that the business analyst job market is bad. Applying when the business analyst job market looks weak is actually good for you because you will have fewer competitors then!

So, think positively, focus on factors within your control and remember that if you think that you can become a business analyst … you can!

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One Response to "Is the Job Market Good Or Bad For Business Analysts?"

  1. Richard   October 6, 2009 at 11:05 am

    I am an experienced Lotus Notes/Domino programmer, and have built lots of advanced applications over the past 15 years.

    However, the market for Domino programmers has shrunk and I need to retrain.

    I chose PHP and MySQL, since these are well-established web development tools and I have done a lot of web development already with Domino.

    I have been taeching myself PHP in the Apache/Linux environment and making slow but steady progress.

    My question is: how do I get an entry-level position without any experience?

    It’s a chicken-egg thing.

    I can’t say on my resume that I have built any applications yet.

    Do you have any suggestions on how I would approach this?

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