“How do I get a junior level BA position?”  This question is one I get often from individuals looking to become Business Analysts.  Unfortunately, there is no magic pill and the path may be different for everyone. Here is the advice I have for those looking to become Business Analysts.

  • Network: You need to start meeting BAs or people that hire BAs.  Join your local IIBA chapter.  Being part of a BA professional organization lets people know you are passionate about the role. Talk to recruiters that place BAs.  Let everyone who will listen know that you want to be a BA.  You’ll begin to understand what companies are looking for in a Business Analyst.  You’ll also see which companies are dedicated to the role. Those are the ones you want to pursue.
  • Rework your resume:  I can almost guarantee that even if you have never had the title of a Business Analyst, or something close, you have performed tasks and used techniques required of a BA.  Highlight the BA type skills you have on your resume.
  • Get educated:  There are many ways to accomplish this.  You can read books, find a BA mentor, attend IIBA meetings, or find a training provider that will meet your needs.
  • Look at your current company first: A great way to make a transition into a BA role is within your current company.  Let your manager know that you are interested in making a move and hopefully your manager will work with you to get the right opportunities.  This is how I broke into the role.  I was a SME for years before I became a Business Analyst.

I would love to hear how you broke into the role and any advice you may have for others.

About Kupe

“Kupe” Kupersmith, Senior Instructor, B2T Training, possesses over 18 years of experience in software systems development. He has served as the lead Business Analyst and Project Manager on projects in the Energy, television and sports management and marketing industries. Additionally, he serves as a mentor for business analysis professionals. Kupe is the co-author of Business Analysis for Dummies, a Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®) and a former IIBA® Board Member. Kupe is a requested speaker in the BA field and has presented at many IIBA chapters and BA conferences. Being a trained improvisational comedian, Kupe is sure to make you laugh while you’re learning. Kupe is a connector and has a goal in life to meet everyone!

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