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31 Discussions for “Discover Answers to Your Career’s Toughest Questions!”

  1. Kartik

    Hi,

    I find this website and your advice very helpful. Its a great place for anyone who is looking to jump into the BA field.

    My question to you is similar to one of the posts you answered about a Banker moving onto the aviation industry. Even though my situation is a bit similar, I’ll add a few things. I am a recent graduate with a BBA (Management) degree. I’ve worked for a bank for the last 2+ years to pay for my education.

    Now, to get to the point, I have reached a plateau at my job as it doesn’t have ANY potential for growth. I had planned my degree in a way that would help me get into business analysis. However, that hasn’t happened yet. I’ve been applying for jobs since March 2010 with no luck whatsoever. I also read your article about making a good BA resume and cover letter, and I have gathered some good tips from it.

    My current job has nothing to do with BA and I would consider myself as a novice in the business analysis field. My question to you is, how helpful would it be if I were to do a certification in SAP Finance/Controlling for getting in to business analysis? Is there any benefit in getting the certification before I actually get into a position that uses SAP FI/CO or should I wait till I am in a position where it is actually required to get the certification?

    I look forward to your advice on this. Your help is highly appreciated. Thanks.

    • A certification in SAP Finance / Controlling does not make you a Business Analyst and it will not necessarily help you get into a Business Analyst Job.

      There is definitely some benefit in getting a certification … because if you work in a very competitive field and you already have handson experience, getting a certification may help you distinguish yourself from your colleagues who also have a similar certification …

      However if your primary goals is to become a business analyst then you should first itemize the roles and responsibilities of business analysts and then go ahead to learn those first before learning SAP FI/CO otherwise, if getting a SAP Finance / Controlling Job is primary and becoming a Business Analyst is secondary then you may go ahead with your certifications.

      Thanks and Best Wishes

  2. Anthony Haskins

    what are the five basic steps required for analyzing data using Microsoft® Access?

  3. Merry

    Hi

    I recently graduated from university with a BSc degree in Computer Science. I am now doing a Business Analyst Internship at an IT company in RSA. My contract with the company is expiring in the next four months.

    My greatest concern now is how do I go about finding the perfect position that meets my qualifications,skills and experience. The other challenge is that hiring managers or companies themselves are looking for people who are highly experienced and I only have one year experience.

    As I was reading some of the articles published here, I learned that you say people should not aim at getting Junior Business Analyst positions as employers are not really looking for Junior Business Analysts.

    Now my questions are with the little experience that I have and still need more exposure in this field(IT Business Analysis) what kind of positions should I apply for? and which steps must I take in order to become the best business analyst and for me to be considered for Business Analyst positions?

    Thank you for your time. Looking forward to your response

    Regards

  4. Anthony

    Hi there,

    First off, thanks for writing these articles. I’ve found them quite informative and insightful to a career in which I am very interested, but don’t know enough about.

    I’ve searched through your articles, but did not find one related to my situation, so I’m hoping you can provide some guidance/suggestions.

    I completed a bachelors degree in Computer Science (with a minor in Business Administration) and am now finishing up my masters in CS. I also have about two years of experience (through co-op and other work).

    Although I completed a minor in Business Admin, I don’t have any real experience in business and am wondering what the best way is to present myself as someone who is ideal for a BA position.

    Any advice regarding my resume, cover letter, recruiters, and other job search strategies would be greatly appreciated.

    Also, I live in Toronto, in case that changes things at all (although I doubt it would).

    Thanks in advance,

    Anthony

  5. James Cayo

    Hello,

    I am sending this message with regard to my career.

    I currently work as an IT-Intern on a project involving ODBC and Web-Application Development.

    Since there is a rumor that the government may lay off 1000s people this upcoming year, I would like to know what would be the best option for me currently.

    I will be attending an advance institution while working on the technical project as an IT-Intern.

    My main goals are to further education and work at a technical venue to gain valuable experience.

    What option must I decide as an IT-Intern. Please provide some input.

    J.C

  6. Fahim, Dubai, U.A.E.

    Dear Kingsley,

    Having come to be known about you as a pioneer IT Coach, I need some information from you if you can help me.

    At present, I am reading a book Microsoft Office 2003 bible which includes all the basic and in depth functionalities of excel, word, powepoint, access, outlook, frontpage, etc.

    It’s a huge book with 1200 pages. I’d like to know how I can memorize this book quickly and efficiently.

    There are other books on programming to be memorized. in this age of information overload, everyday we are presented with lots of paperwork, reports and books to remember.

    As an IT coach, could you please show me the techniques to remember this amount of information so as to get the job done on time and move along with the rapidly changing technologies.

    Fahim, Dubai, U.A.E.

  7. Yue

    Hi,

    Thanks for posting those great articles regarding careers and job hunting.

    I am an international recent graduate here. Obviously, this market is even tougher for us than for others.

    In spite of all those resume related questions, two major challenges for me are:

    1. Status. Requiring on H1 Visa sponsorship scares a lot great opportunities away.

    2. Lack of experience. Because we’re all fresh. How can we make our resumes look appealing to hiring managers if we don’t industry experience?

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Thanks,

    Yue

  8. BJ

    Good Afternoon,

    My toughest challenge I face today with my career is I am itching for a move within the company I work for. However, don’t know which direction to go and what course to take that will help to enhance my skill knowledge.

    Currently, part of my roles and responsibilities include weekly data pulling (raw) and manipulating the data to build personalized reports for upper management.

    I use Access (where i pull the data from), and Excel (where I transfer the data to and use multiple worksheets to compile the required reports needed for management).

    Now my interest is becoming a Data Analysts, but I do not know what applications I need to focus my attention on, and possibly register for the courses (in class) to either know or advance my current knowledge and skills by December 31, 2009.

    Your response is greatly appreciated!

  9. Michael Phillips

    I read your reply on how to learn many languages. I wanted to ask if it was wise for a novice programmer to learn 2 different platforms eg. web programming (with php mysql) and desktop (with java)… instead of mastering one and graduating to the other because in a way they’re different

    thank you

    • Michael:

      That’s a great question … and I will be glad to answer it for you.

      A Novice Programmer should focus on one programming platform at a time.

      Examples of programming platforms:

      1. ASP.NET, C#, VB.NET, .NET FRAMEWORK, SQL SERVER

      2. PHP, MYSQL

      3. HTML, XHTML, CSS

      4. JAVA

      It’s better to finish learning all the technologies in one platform before jumping to another because when employer’s or clients hire you, they will usually hire you for one platform skill set.

      These skills work together in groups so, learning a bit of PHP and a bit of Java … doesn’t help that much.

      Did I answer your question?

  10. Michael Phillips

    I read your reply on how to learn many languages.

    I wanted to ask if it was wise for a novice programmer to learn 2 different platforms eg. web programming (with php mysql) and desktop (with java)… instead of mastering one and graduating to the other because in a way they’re different

    thank your

  11. Zwelani

    I got a back ground in developemnt with various technoloigies and now am dealing with application servers from the infrastructure perspective.

    Am feeling like am am not thinking smart enough the way i used to. My interest now is in moving towards the business side of IT /management … leaving the technical world.

    What procuder should i follow to move up

  12. Mallory

    I have started an account on scriptlance which is for programmers. However I am not a professional programmer.

    I joined because I was looking for genuine data entry jobs i could do as a freelancer.

    Do I need to be a professional in order to get jobs on that site or will they use newbies.

    My second question is how can I go about learning my first language.

    I am familiar with excel and microsoft word which are software.

  13. amos

    I know nothing about programming, although we are taking it now at our university,
    we are studying java language, we started the introduction about it seems as I’m creaming the syntax behind, I don’t understand it? 4real it seems too tough, although I pass well in my exams on java,
    Can you help me to give some srategies to master well java instead of just creamig the syntax?

    • I don’t recommend that you learn Java by cramming for examinations.

      Even though you will pass the examinations, you will find it hard to do anything practical with that type of learning if you only focus on passing examinations.

      I recommend that you start building interesting personal java applications as you learn Java.

      Start small and then graduate to building bigger java applications.

      If you can’t think of any java application that you will like to build, find an open-source java project and volunteer your time …

      When you do any of this, Java or any programming language for that matter will begin to make sense.

  14. melusi

    hi i’m doing my 3rd year this year(ND Information Technology).so i like to know that do help student to find internship

    thanks
    best wishes

  15. mehmood

    I am about 45 years & strong accounting background but i want to change the field i want my career in computer

    which is best for me programming or system analysis

    Thanks regards

    Mehmood

  16. Rocco

    I’m reading an Ad for a BA job and one of the requirements is;

    ‘Experience in Business Process Design’.

    What does this mean and could you give me an example?

    I am trying to ascertain whether there is more to business process design that I should know.

    Thanks
    RR

  17. Victor

    I desire to become a seasoned analyst especially in the aviation sector or transport management and logistics area and need all the necessary assistance i can get to sail through this aspiration.

    currently i applied to a leading airline as a business analyst of which i know nothing about…I am A BANKER by profession and wish to change career due to the long run benefit of becoming a business analyst.

    I want this job seriously to develop my new career interest but how do i become relevant to them if i happen to be called

    If i am called today how do i respond to questions to be perceived as good candidate for this dream job

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  19. Kathy Reznick

    I want to learn many programming languages including C/C++, Java, PHP and Microsoft .NET Framework because this will make be very good at programming and employable.

    What do you suggest? Are there languages I should learn first or not learn at all?

    What’s the best way to go about learning many programming languages?

  20. Scott

    I have been in IT for a number of years.

    I have a BS in Electroncs Management and two years ago recieved my MBA in Information Seecurity with a 3.85 GPA.

    I also have several Microsoft and CompTIA certifications.

    Despite my background and education, I am unable to advance or gain additional experience.

    I am currently employed and there are no advancement opportunitoes available. Any suggestions?

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