PODCAST – Can I be a Business Analyst?

In today’s podcast we’re going to talk about the Business Analyst. If you have thought about getting into the Business Analysis field but don’t know exactly how I will help you identify the skills required so that, with a bit of preparation, you can apply for that dream BA job.

You don’t have to have a certain training to become a business analyst. You can easily learn the job and can have a different experience that you can transfer to this role.

Deciding whether you have the right skills to apply for a BA role and what exactly these skills are is no easy task when you are not familiar with the role itself.

Remember: Anybody can do the BA job with a bit of preparation.

Question: What do you think about the BA role? Is it something that you see yourself doing?

5 responses to “PODCAST – Can I be a Business Analyst?

  1. Hello Georgia,
    My name is Ana, I’m from Romania and I’m currently a manual software tester. For a while I was wondering if I have the required skills to become a BA. And what do I have to do (learn) to get into this field. I really liked your podcast and I’m looking forward the next one.

    • Hi Ana, welcome and thank you for checking out my blog. What information would you like to see to help you with your transition?

  2. I would like to know if there is something I should learn (a programming language perhaps …). Do you use any tools? Are there any books that you would recommend? And I would like to know how did you became a BA and what background did you have. Any information would help. Thank you very much for your response 🙂

    • Hello Ana, my background is in testing. I was a manual tester for a few years when I decided to become a BA. I basically did what I recommend on my website – looking at job descriptions to see what was required and then analyzing my testing experience to see if I have those skills. As a tester you work with BAs so you are familiar with what they do. I did not learn any programming language nor any tools in particular. In my experience there are a lot of jobs asking for SQL skills to be able to query a database for data analysis, but it is not a mandatory skill to have. I used mostly Excel for capturing data, Word to write documentation and Powerpoint occasionally when having to do presentations. I read a lot of articles, I can recommend http://www.modernanalyst.com – they have lots of resources for BAs. For me, as it will be for you, it was a natural progression towards the BA job and I always tried to emphasize my exposure to the role in the job interviews. Eventually I got a QA/BA job where I could do both and could get more experience as a BA. I hope this helps and please let me know if you have other questions. Good luck with your transition!

  3. Thank you very much for your response. I will read the articles on the recommended site. For the moment I don’t have any more questions, but I will continue to follow your blog.

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