How To Change Careers Starting At Your Current Employer

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change careers at your current employer

change careers at your current employer


The Process For Changing your Career Path Starts With Your Current Employer

Here is a real-world example of how to do just that.

The current challenge facing me is how to find the right process for re-orienting my career from Web Producer to an introductory Junior position as Business Analyst.

I don’t hold any qualification in Business neither as Business Analyst but I am fully dedicated to becoming one.

I have just started reading books and doing research about this position and the responsibilities it entails.

I have studied Communication Studies and handle Web Producer responsibilities for 2 years.

I would very appreciated any information or tips on how to get into that field of work.

I am looking to do a MBA in Business in a few years in order to increase my knowledge and facilitate the job chances.

Here is a step by step process for re-orienting your career with your current employer … the easy or safe way to change career paths!

  1. Identify your transferable skills

    Identifying your transferable skills is the first step towards starting a new career.

    As a web producer, you probably meet with clients or document their requirements or communicate directly with them, so you do have some transferable skills.

    Read this post for detailed information on transferable skills

  2. Bridge your skills gap

    Yes, you already have some of the skills that needed for the new position. But they are most likely not as strong, sharp or as focused as they need to be!

    Review your resume for skills that need to be enhanced (transferable skills) or learned from scratch because you lack experience or knowledge in them.

    Improve your skills through private studies or with the business-analysis-online-training program described here.

  3. Find Business Analyst Work At Your Current Employer

    Volunteer for additional business analyst roles at your current employer and create a portfolio of completed business analyst tasks that you’ve performed.

  4. Last Step – Update Your Resume

    After completing all these steps, update your resume wit the tasks you’ve performed at your current employer and then start looking for a full-time business analyst job!

Notice that I said that you should supplement your hands-on experience at your current employer.

So many folks start out worrying about finding volunteer jobs when they can get additional hands-on experience at their current place of employment just by being more creative … don’t be like them!

Why You Should Start Your Business Analyst Career With your Current Employer

Don’t start by looking for external opportunities for hands-on experience because it is harder to prove yourself to someone who you’ve never worked for.

This is what you should do. Make friends with the business analysts in your team or with their managers and then volunteer to help them with technical writing, documentation, use cases, requirements management, etc.

Many firms do not have enough business analysts to handle the volume of work that comes their way and your firm is probably hard up for BA skills as well!

Put one foot in front of the other: take a step by step approach towards getting hands-on experience and starting a new business analysis career.

Don’t be like those who refuse to take small steps (getting trained, volunteering for BA tasks at their current firm) because they feel that they can take a big leap of faith and land on their feet.

This doesn’t work a lot of the times because no-one would like to trust you with a full-time job when you can’t prove that you have a bit of experience!

If you can’t convince your current employer to give you some tasks, what makes you think that a total stranger will pay you a full-time salary?

Be like movie stars … they build up their resume by working their way up from the bottom through accepting any role that allows them to develop or showcase their talents until … they get that big role!

The Business Analyst Boot Camp follow this principle in that it offers you a chance to perform specific hands-on business analysis tasks and assignments in a step by step fashion.

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10 Discussions for “How To Change Careers Starting At Your Current Employer”

  1. Attar Rifat

    i am a bba graduate 2009. just graduatiing.

    i want to become a business analyst in the business intelligence field,

    how do i get started..

    will my current job in bpo affect my future dream.

    • Your current job is not a liability because it is actually the stepping stone that you need to the perfect job that you need in business analysis.

      #1:) Without any real-world working experience in any Information Technology Job, you are not in the game for a business analyst job because you don’t even have the background to understand any of the conversations that go on in the office.

      #2:) If you have a job, you’re in the running even though your current job is not that of being a busness analyst because your current job affords you the ability to get handson experience in your industry … in the business analyst sphere.

      #3:) Try and do your job very well. Prove to your current employer that you are competent / highly skilled and very responsible. After you establish some credibility, ask your current employer for some additional business analysis responsibilities and then start your transitioning to a business analyst career

      • rifat

        what kind of job should i start up with,

        to become a business analyst in future .

        am not from IT field .am bba graduate …

        • Almost any Information Technology Job would do … as long as you get to talk to people :-)

          There are lots of opportunities to grow into a business analyst role from another job … if you’ve taken the time to learn business analysis.

          Here are some jobs that are good to start off with:

          1. Customer Relationship Marketing (CRM)
          2. Sales and Marketing
          3. Project Management
          4. Technica Writing
          5. Computer Programming / Software Development: yes, software developers become business analysts
          6. Data Analysis
          7. User Interface / User Interaction Design

          Regardless of this list and regardless of the job that you get, your job is to learn business analysis
          Your second job is to seek out opportunities to practice business analysis (informally)
          Your final setp is to ask your boss or employer for a more formal business analyst job

    • rifat

      thanks a lot sir.the previous reply was very need full.

      i am a correspondence bba graduate 2009 pass out. i am getting into sales and marketing field now.

      i will be working for one year then i have plans to go for a one year MBA program.

      will this plan help be to become a business analyst.. and in this one year of working period before going for MBA,i would like to load myself with extra courses like sap or sas or relevant course kindly let me know which part time course will be suitable for me to persue in this one year working period to become a business analyst in future.

      i am not from computer background so do i need to do some comp related courses like c++ or java which will not be so easy for a beginner.

      thank you

  2. Jonathan

    This is big help, thank you for these useful information.

  3. Tomi

    Kingsley,

    Your articles are amazing, very insightful

    Thanks

    • Tomi,

      I am glad you enjoy reading my articles … Thanks for appreciating it.

      You just made my day :-)

      Have a great life

      Kingsley

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