Lessons Learned and Wisdom Gained: Reflections from Experienced Business Analysts

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At The BA Guide, we believe in the power of shared experiences and the wisdom gained through first-hand professional challenges. Recently, we reached out to you – our community of Business Analysts – and invited you to reflect on your career journeys and share stories of growth, challenge, and success. The responses we received were inspiring, showcasing the resilience and determination of our community members.

In this article, we’ll take a look at some of your shared experiences, delving into the notable challenges our contributors faced and the strategies they employed to overcome them.

A Guide to Help You Achieve Your Goals in 2023

As a professional – regardless of whether you’re a Business Analyst, Administrator, Developer, or fulfilling another role – it’s important to continuously strive for steady professional development and growth to stay current and effective in your current role and as you pursue new roles or ambitious goals this year.

Setting professional development goals can help you focus your efforts and track your progress. Here are some steps you can follow to create meaningful professional development goals, whatever your profession.

How to Craft Your Ideal BA Role

The COVID-19 pandemic created deep ripple effects that were far-reaching in virtually every industry. Not only were supply chains affected, but employees at companies all over the world re-evaluated their careers and how they spend the majority of their time.

This led to what we now refer to as ‘the Great Resignation’, with professionals everywhere leaving their current jobs in droves. Ever since this professional exodus – which kicked off in the spring of 2021 – an increase in demand for Business Analysts was created. Professionals across the United States are taking this opportunity to be more selective about the jobs they pursue, and employers are becoming more flexible with those professionals they currently have on staff.

Now is a great time to shape your BA role to be what you want it to be. Let’s take this opportunity to discuss how you can take advantage of this moment in time and build the career you’ve always wanted.

How To Start a Career in Business Analysis

When it comes to embarking on a new journey, it helps to have a little guidance to shine a light on the path ahead, to help with clarifying confusing concepts and jargon, and give you a little confidence when you’re questioning yourself.

In case you’re new here – and to the Business Analyst role, in general – I’m Jeremy Aschenbrenner, also known as The BA Guide, and I’m so glad you’re here! The inspiration behind why I created The BA Guide was to help aspiring BA’s start their career off on the right foot and to help ambitious BA’s level up their skills and, ultimately, their careers.

In this article, I’ll outline some key skills that you should hone early in your career and provide you with an outline of some great foundational courses and resources to start with.