While we’ve been talking a lot about how important transferable skills are in making a career transition happen, this reader has let us know it was a key to her success. In this particular case, TH (who prefers to remain anonymous for the time being), was able to demonstrate a patter of progressively growing skills related to business analysis.
TH is the 7th addition to our 2012 Registry of BA Career Transitions. Here is her story.
TH worked in a variety of industries that all utilized her requirements elicitation and analysis skills, with a particular focus on solving organizational and data tracking issues. While in a business development and knowledge management role, she advanced her requirements elicitation and analysis skills through documenting requirements and creating process flows. Now in her first role as an official BA, she elicits, analyzes, documents and manages requirements as part of an agile software development team. The key’s to TH’s success were exploring the resources available at Bridging the Gap, including the How to Start a BA Career book, which led her to understand just how much her past and current experiences aligned with the work of a business analyst. She was originally skeptical about how helpful the How to Start a BA Career book would be, but was pleasantly surprised at how comprehensive it was. TH also found a lot of valuable information using the search feature of Bridging the Gap and wants to thank all of the contributors for providing great original content as well as linking to great content at similar sites. Three final keys to her success where joining IIBA, studying the BABOK, and speaking with business analyst she discovered in her personal network.
Please join me in congratulating TH!