You may start a business analysts career by taking some of the courses discussed in this post.
Keep in mind that for business analysis careers, soft skills count as much or in some cases even more than hard skills.
So, don’t make the classical rookie mistake of focusing on the hard skill requirements to the detriment of your soft skills!
The list of formal, informal or college courses that you may study for a business analyst career include:
- Study computer science & information technology courses in college because that will help you relate to the coding or testing that takes place on information technology / software development projects.
- Study Systems Analysis courses as they may help you get a better idea of how different networking, hardware & software systems are integrated into one functional Information Technology (IT) department.
- Take Technical Writing and Business Communication courses because a key part of the work that you perform as a business analyst is communicating business problems or solutions.
- Study business management courses as they will help you understand understand strategic and tactical business goals and objectives or see things from a management, stakeholder or business perspective.
Keep in mind that not only do business analysts work in Information Technology (IT) departments, they also work in specialized business domains like Accounting, Finance, Sales and Marketing, so taking business courses can be helpful.
- Take conflict resolution, interpersonal, communication, verbal, presentation, negotiation, public speaking and leadership courses.
While these sort of skills are not traditionally taught as part a formal college class, you can gain the required information from textbooks and audio material on bookstores like Barnes and Noble or Amazon.
The courses that you may take to become a business analyst may be divided into formal (business / technical) or informal (interpersonal, communication and leadership) skills.
So my friend, now you know what you may study to succeed as a business analyst … do do something with this information 🙂
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