Before you can improve your business analyst career, you must answer some questions like; which direction should you go and what steps should you take to get there?
If these questions aren’t answered at the beginning of your career, you may wrongly focus on skills or competencies that will take you in the opposite direction of your goals!
To help answer these questions, I have provided you with some guidelines that will come in handy as you move forward in your business analyst career.
Consider The Options Before Going Down A Path
If you don’t know or analyze the options available to you, you won’t be able to plan your career correctly.
Knowing the options available to you will help you make better decisions for your career, especially if you’re a new business analyst.
For example, you may plan to be a junior, mid-level or senior business analyst. Or go beyond the business analyst role altogether and become a chief information officer or chief executive officer!
Business Analyst Job Titles Are Not Created Equal
Since business analyst career titles don’t carry the same responsibilities across industries, there’s no fast-and-easy way to define each business analyst job title.
For example, having more systems knowledge may place you in a senior job title of business analysis at one company, but in a junior job title at another.
So, finding out what’s really required for any job title you choose, will help you make better plans and / or reach your career goals.
Make Your Business Analyst Career Work
Once you decide which business analyst career path you want to take, apply the following guidelines to get there:
- Build more expertise by gaining experience whenever possible. Each experience will challenge and increase your competencies as a business analyst. As your competencies improve, so will your expertise or chances of career success increase!
- Add more value to your career by switching your industry. Switching your career to another industry can provide you with the cross-functional opportunity needed to gain new perspectives, competencies, horizons, skills and / or contexts.
- Add more value to your current employer. Each time you add value, you make an impact that can open the doors to new opportunities.
For example, if you discover a way to get a product out to customers in half the original time-to-market, you will add significant value to your business.
You will also have made the kind of impact that gets you noticed, seen and heard by the management / executive team!
What Drives Your Business Analyst Career?
To succeed on your business analyst career path, you must:
- stay focused
- be passionate and
- be self-disciplined.
Staying focused helps you overcome any challenge you may face as you progress in your career.
Being passionate about your goals and the steps you take to get there, gives you the drive you need to succeed.
Self-discipline helps you take one step at a time and it also gets time to work for you instead of against you.
Let Go of Boring Business Analyst Work
Let go of some of the basic, routine, mundane, repetitive, boring work that you’re doing so you can free the time to learn or do more advanced work because that will always move you closer to your career goals!
Don’t let others push you back into entry-level business tasks that you have mastered and handed-over to others less experienced.
Why? Because hanging on to work that you’ve already mastered will stop you from growing or hinder you from moving to your career goals.
Now that you been giving these guidelines use it to your benefit.
See Ya At The Top!