In the early part of each year, I often get a flurry of people writing to me to ask for career advice. I get questions such as:
- Is Business Analyst a good career?
- Which job is better, XXX or Business Analyst?
- I have been a Business Analyst for XXX years, what can I do now?
I cannot really answer these questions because the answer depends on what you want for yourself. My answers are always suggestions of things to think about, so that you can find the best answer for you. The suggestions are generally about career planning.
You need to spend some time thinking about what you want from your career. You can change your mind later, but you need to have some kind of career goal, or you have no basis for answering these kinds of questions.
I made a video that goes through quite a bit of information on common career paths. It gives you a lot to think about, so that you can choose what appeals to you in terms of a career goal. You can find that video on Wyyzzk’s YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/Wyyzzk
Once you know what you want, the answers about whether or not to pursue a BA role or what you can do next become obvious.
The video does not cover every possibility and individual people have had some very different career paths. I have focused on careers within the corporate environment, because that is generally where you find BA positions. Of course there are exceptions – I know many people (including myself) who work as BA consultants and contractors. But that number is far smaller than the number of people working within corporations.