Editor’s note: This week we are tacking the tough question of industry experience. I hold that you should only apply for jobs for which you are qualified and many BA jobs in specific industries require specific industry experience. This puts experienced BAs without the relevant experience in a tough position.
I am a business analyst, currently working on projects in public sector. However, I really want to move to financial industry where my passion is. I read a lot of industry-relevant materials, covering front/middle/back office operations, but when starting my job hunting, I feel no way to leverage any of them, as everywhere is requesting working experience, which I don’t have.
Is there anything you could recommend, helping me getting what I want? Thanks and look forward to hearing from you soon.
It does seem that in the financial industry many positions require industry expertise and this can have a direct impact on your business analyst job search process. Is your passion for the financial industry strong enough that you would consider accepting a different, possibly entry-level role, to gain the experience and qualify yourself for the BA jobs? It might also be worth setting up some informational interviews with people in your area that have the type of position you’d like to have and learn specifically from them how they were able to break into the industry.
In your situation, I think the most important thing you can do is network and meet professionals within your target industry. You will learn a lot from their first hand experience and this might eventually open a door for you if you can earn the trust of a hiring manager who might be in a position to overlook the industry experience requirements you are finding.
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