How To Start Your
Business Analyst Career

Create Your Action Plan with this
Practical, Easy-to-Read Guidebook

Are you looking to land your first business analyst job? Do you find yourself wondering what's the best path forward?

How To Start A Business Analyst Career Guidebook

Would you be interested in finding out the exact steps to enter a business analyst career?

This guidebook offers an approach for launching your business analyst career by building transferable business analysis skills.

  • You'll learn about the role in detail and read stories from successful business analysts who have made career transitions. You'll find out how others have switched to a BA career from areas like IT, Finance and Testing.

  • You'll walk in the shoes of a business analyst and discover what skills and certifications are required to excel in the role. You'll learn what level of domain and industry knowledge is sufficient for a business analyst.

  • You'll find BA-specific job search advice about writing resumes, work samples and interview tips. You'll also find out which companies like to hire BAs and how to you can sell yourself to them.

How To Start A Business Analyst Career will help you build a personalized roadmap for finding your first business analyst position, accelerating your transition into the BA role. The 84-page PDF guidebook includes 28 practical action steps that you can take to get moving right away.

Your book has helped me understand the steps I need to take to make career change from software development to Business Analysis.

I'm done with Java programming and I don't think I'm that good with it. Your book and website has given me the courage to step out and take action towards a BA career. Thank you! - John Patel

I have 6+ years of work experience in the Telecom / Embedded domains in the role of a Developer / Tester. I am extremely keen in becoming a Business Analyst preferably with financial institutions. Your book provides great advice on how to make the transition, in practical and actionable terms. - Madhu

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If you'd like more information, just keep reading. We'll go through what's included in each chapter.

Chapter 1: What Is It Like to Be a Business Analyst?

You'll start by walking through a typical day in a business analyst job - the activities and taskes that he or she experiences.

Then we look at frequently asked questions, such as:

  • What types of projects will I work on?
  • How will I be managed and who will I report to?
  • How difficult will it be to find a job?
  • Will I ever be bored as a business analyst?
  • Will I be required to travel? Can I telecommute?

I had a number of questions on BA work, e.g. what is the job profile for a Business Analyst in firms like Deloitte, IBM or Cognizant? What is the task they actually do?

I'm glad I read your book as it answered these questions and more. I realize now that a BA's work profile can vary - depending on geography, industry and also by employer type (e.g. software vendors, consulting firms or end-users like banks, insurers) - Ronald Heath

Chapter 2: What Do I Need to Know About Business Analysis?

In this chapter, you'll find a definition of business analysis and a list of the key skills required to be successful as a business analyst. Descriptions of each skill are jargon-free so you can better access your fit into the role.

The skills include:

  • Basic domain and industry knowledge expected of a business analyst.
  • Elicitation techniques used by business analysts and who gets involved in the elicitation process.
  • Analysis and specification techniques are most commonly used for determining scope, functional, technical and data requirements.
  • Critical communication and presentation skills for business analysts and how these are applied in common BA responsibilities.
  • Software development methodologies business analysts need to be familiar with.
  • Tools and technologies you might encounter as a business analyst.

By the end of this chapter, you'll identify the positions of strength you bring to the BA profession, craft a plan for building on your strengths, and a develop a list of skills you need to learn to be a successful business analyst.

Just wanted to thank you for covering the basics of the banking industry in your book.

I was searching the Internet to prepare for a job interview as a Business Analyst in a top tier bank. None of the sites I found gave a real, practitioner's point of view like you do in your book. And I can tell you speak from experience, having worked as a Banking and Insurance BA for so long. - Rajashik M

I was unsure about how to go about becoming a business analyst. Some people told me to take up specific courses or qualifications to become one. Others told me to become a BA by experience. You cleared it all up in your book by explaining exactly what skills a BA needs. - Nicole Chang

Chapter 3: How to Accumulate Valuable BA Experience

This chapter will help you find tasks in your current work in which you can use to build business analysis experience. This experience will ultimately help you in transition into a business analyst role.

This chapter is organized into three parts:

  • The types of experiences typically available to professionals employed in a software vendor, consulting firm or end-user environment.
  • The types of experiences typically available to professionals employed in a technical environment, including ways to get more customer or user exposure.
  • The types of experiences more typically open to those working on the business side and the types of projects you might want to get involved in.
  • Opportunities available to both technical and non-technical professionals and how to reframe your current tasks as business analyst tasks with simple techniques such as observations, active listening, and practicing your systems mindset.

You'll end this chapter with a plan for gaining some initial business analyst experience, which will open up even more BA opportunities.

I've worked in the Life insurance industry for last 23 years. I have worked as Branch Manager in charge of a big life insurance branch In India. I've also have worked as an Admin officer in Marketing and Claims departments. My qualifications are B.Sc., BGL, and Fellow of Insurance institute of India.

I wanted to switch careers to work as an Senior Insurance Business Analyst in the IT industry.

Your book's section on accumulating BA experience has helped me greatly! It helped me reframe my past insurance expertise into a solid resume which gave me interviews at IBM and Accenture. - Vishy N

Chapter 4 – Professional Networking

Professional networking is a crucial and inexpensive way to learn about the BA profession. You will meet people that might help open opportunities for you.

You'll end this chapter having learned:

  • How to put together realistic goals for professional networking so as to move your BA career forward.
  • How to pay it forward and what you have to offer seasoned business analysts even if you are not yet a business analyst yourself.
  • How to conduct an informational interview with a business analyst and a list of questions you may want to ask.
  • How to find the best networking events in your local area and what to do when you get there.
  • What authoritative, online BA resources you can tap on to further your professional development and meet other BAs.

I had been trying to break into the BA space for a few years now - but had no luck. Every place that I've applied for said they were looking for "experienced" BAs - so I bought your book wondering if you had any advice for someone like me who's a web developer by trade.

Not only did your book have tips on professional networking, writing resumes, etc. - you actually went further and guided me one-on-one on how to get a BA job in Singapore, e.g. names of top headhunters and exactly which companies were hiring. I'm glad to say I'm now on the BA career path in a bank and look forward to building out my skill sets. Thanks Gary! - Anantha

Chapter 5 – Is Business Analysis Your Passion?

Here, we look at whether or not, given everything you've learned and discovered about yourself so far, a BA career is the option for you, right now.

Some questions which will be answered here:

  • What you may like and not like about being a business analyst
  • Your career prospects after becoming a businesss analyst, including transitions to Senior BA or Project Manager roles.
Chapter 6 – What Type of Business Analyst Job Is Right For You?

There is no one path in or to business analysis - the profession offers many different opportunities. In this section, you'll explore what type of position is the best option for you.

We'll cover:

  • Five typical types of business analyst positions out in the market.
  • A quick list of criteria you can use to determine whether a particular job is really a BA job.
  • The balance of responsibilities between business and IT and how this impacts the type of roles you might fill.
  • What BA roles which are more business-oriented and less IT in nature.
  • How to decide the next best steps for you - a new transitional BA role or continuing to build BA experience in your current position.

You'll leave this chapter with a clear next step into business analysis.

Chapter 7 – Finding a Business Analyst Job

To increase your chances of finding a business analyst job, there are certain things you need to do. This chapter walks you through how to approach your resume, work samples, and interview preparation.

We'll cover:

  • A technique you can use to optimize your resume to highlight your business analyst experiences - with two real-life sample templates included.
  • Advice on which companies like to hire BAs and how to you can sell yourself to them.
  • Specific resume tips for different employers (e.g. software vendors, consulting firms and end-user firms)
  • What work samples a hiring manager might look for and how to create them.
  • A list of job boards for finding business analyst jobs, keywords to use to find business analyst jobs, and a list of possible job titles under which you might find a business analyst role.
  • How to prepare for a BA job interview. You'll learn the types of people you might interview with and what they'll be looking for in a BA job candidate.

I am an IT professional with experience of ERP implementation and other integrated IT solutions. I was looking to get a job in consulting as these firms typically require Business Analysts. Your book had a section on Consulting BA interview tips - all of which helped me prepared for the interviews. Great stuff! - Matthew Richards

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How To Start A Business Analyst Career is your how-to guidebook walking you through a process to find your first business analyst opportunity. The 84-page guidebook includes 28 practical action steps that you can take to get started right away.

Click “Add to Cart” to get your copy – for a $39 investment you'll receive an immediate download in PDF format.

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Upon completing your purchase, you'll receive immediate access to the PDF file via a secure download link. The PDF file is fully printable and recommended resources are hyperlinked electronically for your convenience.

I have a MBA degree and Bachlor degree in Computer Science. I joined a big local palm oil company in 2010 when I first came to Singapore. My position then was IT support engineer - and the job scope was desktop and application support.

I thought I'd never become a BA given that kind of background. However, your book has given me real, practicable advice on how to step out into a BA career. I'm now interviewing with two top banks for a BA position - Thanks for your help! - Jacques B

I've 5 yrs experience as a techno-functional personnel working for an India-based MNC service provider, I have been working as an Analyst in a Datawarehousing product for the past 3 yrs - doing testing and development.

Post that I stumbled into a Business Analyst role, and have done reporting requirements gathering for a leading Bank in Middle East. I found that I loved the BA work, but was confused as how I should project myself in the industry.

Your book was a life saver because it helped me breakdown the types of BA roles available, exactly what skills each needed, so that I could mould my career path better. I'm now a full-fledged BA specializing in Basel and regulatory reporting projects and I'm enjoying it! Thanks. - Venky Sankaran

I would like to thank you for the content you shared in your book for the aspiring Business Analysts. After browsing through the content my confidence levels were boosted up and I started my transition to a BA. I belonged to the financial accounting industry and had been immensely interested in switching to a Business Analyst role for over two years. After reading your website and book, I interviewed with several IT firms and am glad to report I've been placed into one of them as a Business Analyst for a banking project. Thank you very much - Melissa Stallwood

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I think you'll find How To Start A Business Analyst Career helps you create an action plan to achieve your business analyst career goals (or discover a BA career is not the right decision for you without over-investing in getting where you don't want to be).

But if you find the book is not a good fit for you, we offer a no-questions-asked 30 day money back guarantee. Simply drop me a note at this link and I'll refund your money.

Wishing you much success,

Gary Tan