Rarely do people take a moment to learn the origins of their professions – let alone pinpoint the exact events that were the inspiration for its creation. Luckily, we can do this with the Business Analyst role! Still a somewhat modern role, we can trace the BA role back to its very beginnings and can even identify the problem that inspired the role and allowed organizations to see the value that BAs bring when enacting change.
Let’s take a few minutes to recognize the genesis of the Business Analyst role and the circumstances that inspired it.
There’s nothing quite like traveling to another part of the world and immersing yourself in a culture that is so unique, so very different from our own, that it leaves you in awe. Stepping into an environment so drastically different than the one you’re used to can awaken you to so many wonderful new experiences – culinary adventures, jaw-dropping sights, captivating aromas, exciting events, and great people! But you may also find yourself surrounded by unfamiliar languages, customs and traditions, and practices. (yes, this is relatable to our profession – stick with me here!)
I’ve heard from other Business Analysts, and know this from personal experience, that we often find ourselves employing our professional skills in our personal lives – even during our vacations! One technique that I find I use – particularly when immersed in another culture – is the observation technique.
Why should you become a Business Analyst? While I could take direction from what parents tend to say to their kids, “because I said so…” doesn’t quite have the impact I am looking for. Instead, let me explain what drew me to the career and why it is even better now than when I first started those years ago.
Many aspiring Business Analysts think the interview begins when they get all dressed up and walk through the potential employer’s door… And they couldn’t be more wrong!
An interview should be viewed as a test. But instead of simply getting all of the answers correct, you need to do better on the test than everyone else that is taking it.
How would you like to have a leg up on your competition for that latest Business Analyst position?
After being in the workforce for many years and applying for various openings, you quickly learn most interviews have the same basic feel to them. This is because nearly 75% of all questions asked in interviews are relatively the same.