Author: Geri Schneider Winters
Many people contact me because they want to be a Business Analyst. They are often in another job currently and want to change roles. They want to know “What do I need to do to be considered for a Business Analyst position?”.
A good starting point is to look over the IIBA BABOK to see how the BA role is defined. What is a BA? What does a BA do? What skills is a BA expected to have?
Then review your own experience, compare it to the skills in the BABOK and make an inventory of the work you have done that is also Business Analyst work. Have you elicited requirements, managed information, facilitated meetings, or used tools such as requirements management, version control, or UML modeling tools? Do you analyze information in your current position?
You will use this information to tune your resume, highlighting your experience that is applicable to a Business Analyst role.
You will also use this information to find gaps in your knowledge. What are some basic skills you need that you may not have gained from experience?
You can study books and online material for the information you lack. A better idea is to take a course for Business Analysts with a teacher experienced in the BA role. Not only will you gain the knowledge, but the teacher will give you work to do and evaluate that work, so you gain some experience as well.
Finally, look at the IIBA certifications for CCBA and CBAP. You may find that you qualify for one of those certifications. Completing the certification process shows you have a certain level of knowledge and experience as a BA, and shows that you are serious about your career.