Are interested in becoming a business analyst? Or maybe you’ve just always thought it would be fun to get more involved in technology projects?
If you are thinking of a career in business analysis, here are 5 signs you should give business analysis more than a fleeting glance:
- You find yourself in meetings and like it. You always seem to sense when people are talking at each other but not communicating with each other. Bonus points if you find yourself in the middle of these conversations because you feel compelled to make them understand each other.
- You like to write, especially a precise type of writing, and you are comfortable working independently at your computer for 2-3 hours at a time.
- You always seem to find something wrong with a website or piece of software and ask yourself, why didn’t they think to handle that better? You get a bonus point if your co-workers come to you with questions about the legacy system you work with day-to-day. You understand not just how to use the system to do your job, but why things work the way they do. You wonder why everyone else just doesn’t get it.
- You can handle tense situations but you don’t feel the need to be in the conflict. Helping people wade through different opinions and make informed decisions is one of the most important things a BA does.
- You like to ask questions. You make sure you really know what someone meant when they said what they said. Right along with this is that you naturally clarify problems before getting to solutions. You might annoy people with all your questions about what the problem “really” is and why they think it’s something it’s not. But you also rarely get caught with your pants down expending lots of effort to solve a problem only to find out no one cares about the solution. And when you do, you only blame yourself.
Score At Least 4 out of 5?
Check out 42 Reasons to Start a BA Career – after which you should have a pretty good idea of whether or not starting a career as a business analyst is going to make sense for you.