Start Your Business Analyst Career

With a Free Step-by-Step Planning Course, Planning Guide, and Insider Tips via Email

Are you wondering how to get started in your business analyst career? Would you like a roadmap to follow that lays out your next best step?

At Bridging the Gap we’ve been helping professionals like you start careers in business analysis since 2009. Unlike other training companies that cater to multiple professions and career levels, we are focused 100% on helping you get started as a business analyst. When you are here, no question is too basic, no challenge too trivial, and since this is all we do, we’ve probably helped someone overcome a roadblock similar to what you are working through right now.

We’re so glad you found us and we’d like to be part of your business analysis career. The first thing we’d like to do is give you this free step-by-step career planning course that walks you through exactly how to plan out your BA career path. We’ll follow that up with insider tips you can apply right away. And you’ll also hear about any new course sessions, product deals, and service offerings.

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To receive the free course, simply type your email into the box to the right and click “sign me up”.  Upon confirming your subscription, you’ll receive immediate access to the course and be on our list for future tips and offers.

(If you want more information about how all of this works, keep reading. You can type your email in a box at the bottom of this page instead.)

How BA Career Transitions Work

Our approach to business analysis career transitions is fairly unique and it’s helped a lot of people start business analysis careers much more quickly than they thought possible. You should know that we don’t advocate for investing a year or two in training before getting started. When it comes to creating BA opportunities, a little training, along with some relevant work experience, can go a long way.

Our subscribers love this approach because it gives them a path to get income coming in sooner rather than later (or keep the income stream they already have) while also moving towards their business analyst career goals.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. We cover this all in detail in the free step-by-step career planning course. So let’s talk about that.

Find Your Next Step with the Free Career Planning Course

The free course walks you through the How to Start a Business Analyst Career Roadmap step-by-step.


Since we are 100% focused on helping professionals like you get started in BA careers, we’ve seen what works for our readers and course participants and what doesn’t.

On top of that, the course designer, Laura Brandenburg, CBAP, has been full-time BA, a BA manager, and BA consultant. The Career Roadmap provides you with clear guidance based on all of these perspectives.

Here’s a sampling of what we cover in the course:

  • How to create a virtuous cycle and expand your business analysis experiences, regardless of your role or title.
  • Where to focus your efforts if you are currently unemployed and how to decide what kinds of jobs to focus on in the short-term so you can get income coming in sooner rather than later.
  • How to fill any business analyst competency gaps and qualify yourself for a broader set of business analyst job roles.

The free course is available as a 43-minute mp3 audio file so you can download it and listen in the car or the gym. There is also a free full-text 28-page transcript if audio is not your favorite way to learn or if you want to refer back to the course to follow-up on a point.

Read. Listen. Or read and listen. It’s up to you.

Along with the course, you’ll receive a planning guidebook. Let’s look at how you can use it to get moving towards your BA career goals.

Plan Your Next Step with Our Planning Guide

While the course walks you through what your options are, we want to make sure you know exactly what to do next so we’ve put together custom planning guides to walk you through our career planning process.

  • If you are currently employed in an office setting, you’ll figure out how to make the most of your current job and move towards or accelerate your BA career.
  • If you are currently unemployed or employed outside an office setting, you’ll figure out your short-term career options, how to optimize your job search, and where to focus on expanding your skills and experience.

This is a scenario where a little bit of planning goes a long way to creating positive momentum. You’ll leave with clarity about your next step and see opportunities you may have been overlooking.

Keep Your Momentum Going with Insider Tips and How Tos

After you receive the free career planning course, we won’t leave you in a lurch. You’ll continue to hear from Laura regularly with additional insider tips you can apply to get more out of your business analysis career without taking too much of your time. (We know you are busy.) You’ll also receive links to new Bridging the Gap content so you don’t miss a thing.

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I am actually an experienced BSA (not transitioning to the role)…I have found the newsletters/articles to be very informative.  In some cases, just as a reinforcement of something that I have learned previously, or in many cases, providing me with new information or tools to improve my BA knowledge and skills.  Overall, I think the information that you are providing is invaluable.

Stay Up-To-Date on our Offerings

Many of subscribers find that they want to work with us more closely on their BA career transitions. We provide a variety of options at different investment levels so you can get the personalized assistance you are looking for. Once you are on our list, you’ll know about future course sessions, any special deals, and any new offerings.

(We don’t often announce these to our website and often forget to update LinkedIn and Twitter, so getting on the list is the best way to stay aware of what we’re offering.)

What To Do Next

Enter Your Email to Join

To receive the free career planning course course, insider email tips and course notifications, simply type your email into the box to the right, click “sign me up”, and then click the link in your confirmation email. You’ll receive immediate access to the course and be on our list for future tips and offers.


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