One of the toughest challenges facing business analysts today is building the domain experience required for business analyst jobs.
Acquiring business analyst domain experience from scratch is hard because you need to get a job before you can build domain expertise … yet no-one will give you a job without that required domain experience!
This post however discusses how to get around the business analyst domain experience required for business analysis jobs.
What is Business Analyst Domain Experience?
Business analyst domain experience is the hands-on business skills or domain knowledge acquired by working in specialized industries like automotive, banking, insurance, telecom, utilities or working for business units such as customer relationship management, finance, sales and marketing.
Business analyst domain experience is gained by solving business problems for a specific industry or business unit and it can’t be gained by taking certifications exams or by learning business analysis concepts like Use Cases or Requirements Modeling.
In other words, business analyst domain experience is gained by getting your hands dirty with work in an industry or by solving real-world business problems for a business unit.
Don’t Confuse Your Business Analysis Skills With Domain Knowledge!
There is a difference between your business analyst skills and your business analyst domain experience.
Your business analyst skills (like Requirements Elicitation, Use Cases, UML etc) are the techniques or tools used in solving business problems.
They are skills that serve as the means to an end. The end being the business problems or challenges facing your industry.
What Is The Value of Domain Business Analysis Skills?
A business analyst transitioning to a new domain starts out with little or no domain knowledge and then builds up the industry knowledge over time.
That is the reason why some of the most senior business analysts in an organization are those who started out first by learning the ins and outs of their employer’s business before they took formal training.
Businesses value domain business analysts because their knowledge is not easily transferable and because they know how to run or operate the business units efficiently.
This is perhaps another reason why it pays to work in an industry for a while instead of hopping from one industry to another.
When you transition to a completely new business analysis domain, you will have to prove yourself as if you are just starting … even though you may be an experienced business analyst!
When is Business Analyst Domain Experience Needed?
Transitioning From One Business Analyst Domain to Another: Business analysts transitioning from a domain like the automotive or auto-finance industry to another domain like healthcare or telecomms have to build their business analyst domain experience completely from scratch.
Transitioning From One Country to Another: Business analysts transitioning from one country to another may have to re-establish their domain experience.
New domain knowledge is needed because businesses operate under different laws, regulations, customs and economic climates across national or regional boundaries.
So, potential employer want to be sure that re-locating business analysts are intimate with the customs or ways of doing business in the countries that they are hired 🙂
How Do You Build Business Analyst Domain Experience?
If you have already developed domain experience by working in an industry for several years, what you need is not more domain experience but this comprehensive training on the techniques and practices of business analysis.
On the other hand, if you don’t already have business domain experience and you are open to gaining experience in frontline industries or domains, click here.
Here is how it works:
You Become a Domain Specialist: In the The Business Analyst coaching program, you are encouraged to specialize in a few business analyst domains so you can achieve a reasonable level of mastery or competency within those domains.
The industries that we are focusing on right now are those that show the strongest promise for hiring or those that are cutting-edge or the frontline of the economy.
Become a Leader: The goal of the Business Analyst Coaching program is to get you networked with businesses and peers in your industry through extensive study, practical handson work and industry networking.
Instead of just sensing your resume around waiting for someone else to hire you, learn how to the gain the recognition or attention of your peers and hiring managers using social media networking or branding.
Just remember that you can solve the challenge of acquiring business analyst domain knowledge by specializing in frontline domains, solving real-world business problems and then marketing your profile or brand continually using social media.