“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.