by Innocent Vaugelas
(Ilford Essex, London, England)
I am a postgraduate student with an engineering background who is considering a career as a business analyst. Although I am completing an MBA I am a bit confused on how to enter into that job. Is my MBA enough? Should I get additional training? If yes which one?
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When you are looking for a first job in a field, then certification is a good thing to have. There are a number of organizations that offer certification courses. Go to Business Analysts and look at the advertisements. You will see several ads for companies offering training in business analysis that can lead to certification. Villanova University is one that offers their BA training online.
I am a marketing professional. I am working as a project coordinator in a business consultancy company. I want to change my job profile and switch to business analyst. What are the things i have to do/improve that to I could be a skilled business analyst?
Answer: There are some educational background that will automatically qualify a person as an entry level business analyst. These include, most business majors, industrial engineering graduates, economics majors, etc.
If your education does not give you good business knowledge, then certification is a good way to qualify for many business analysis jobs. The International Institute of Business Analysis offers several certification that can be earned by study and testing.
How do I become business analyst? Is it worth it to get a SAS certification?
SAS is a very handy tool to have in your tool bag. It can be used to "data mine" your company's computer records. You can find out all kinds of useful information about profits, losses, expenses, etc. You can often pinpoint operations that need some tough love to get them profitable or to minimize costs.
However, if your goal is to learn how to become a business analyst, learning SAS is probably not a good first priority. Your goal would be best served by getting a business analyst certification. There are several good certifications available online, such as offered by Villanova University and IIBA.
Hi, I am Mahendran,I completed MBA recently with Finance & Hr.While I was doing my MBA, I worked as a part timer in a IT company that was owned by my friend. So on that period I have gained much knowledge about online marketing, importance of retaining employees, client requirements,HR mgmt, basics of the technologies which are using in that concern ,etc.. Please clarify for me whether these kind of skills are enough to try for a job as a business analyst in other companies or do I need to develop some other skills if I want to be a business analyst. Kindly advice.
You have the foundation. Now you need to build on it. Consider getting a business analysis certification. With a certification you can show employers that you not only know business, but you also know the fundamentals of business analysis as well. Both Villanova University and IIBA have good programs.