When starting your BA career, one of the most important decisions you have to make is about what type of business analyst you want to become. This is a pivotal decision that can stay with you for the remainder of your career.
That’s what I cover in this video.
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LEARN.BA. So today I’m going to talk about the three different types of business analysts. If you are somebody who is interested in starting a career as a business analyst or if you’re somebody who’s already started off the NBA career and you’re trying to figure things out this is a really important video for you because it sets the stage for the rest of your career.
The type of business analyst that you want to be kind of stays with you for the rest of yourB.A. career. And so it’s really important to understand from a career strategy perspective if you want to be an analyst the first type of business analyst is what is typically referred to as a business process analyst. And this is the type ofB.A. that works a lot more on the business side of the company than on theI.T. side the second type of business analyst is what is called a business systems analyst or BSA. Some companies call them and the systems analyst typically is on the polar opposite side of the business process analysts that are a lot more on theI.T. side of things than they are on the business side.
The third type of business analyst is what I like to call the well-rounded business analyst and with a well-rounded business analyst is is aB.A. that started off in either the business process area of business analysis or the business systems the area and what they’ve done is over time they’ve grown their skillset into the area that they didn’t start off in.
So if somebody starts off as a P S A and then they learn how to work a lot more with the business and they learn how to do a lot of process design work and a lot of the softer skills like the objection handling and a lot of the other skills that you need to be a good process analyst. If somebody is gone from a BSA and learned those BPO skills what I typically refer to those types of business analysts as is the well-rounded business analyst and that is really the goal. I think that you should consider having for your own career because those are the types of business analysts that are in most demand in any company that you look at. Now let’s talk compensation in terms of compensation. The business systems analyst typically earns more than the business process analysts and there’s a few different reasons for why that is the main reason being that systems analysis work tends to be a lot more grueling and a lot more difficult to learn. Than process analysis work. The amount of pressure that a systems analyst typically has to deal with in most companies is a lot higher than the pressure that a business process analyst has to deal with.
And that’s not to say that the BP job is easy because trying to help the company figure out how they’re going to function is not by any means an easy task but technically speaking the systems analysis skills are in a lot more demand and they’re harder to acquire. So in terms of compensation it’s a systems analyst that wins out on the compensation side of things. Let’s talk a job difficulty level which I’ve already alluded to a little bit in terms of difficulty technically speaking as a systems analyst you’re going to have to learn some of the what I like to call harder technical skills and these are skills like ask you all for example is probably the key skill that systems analysts have to know because what ask you a lets a systems analysts do is tinker around inside a database without having to work with the application itself. So you can basically open up the hood of a piece of software and you can tinker around and they’re using ask you up so in terms of difficulty levels the BSA role is typically a lot more difficult. And obviously that’s part of the reason why it hit the compensation for it is a little bit higher.
Now let’s talk about the most important thing that you have to consider when you’re trying to make a decision. What is the right fit for you now if you’re the type of person who enjoys talking to people and you like bringing people along with you to certain conclusions about how things should work and you like to negotiate and you like to work a lot more with people than with software. Chances are that you’re going to be a much better fit for the process. And let’s roll.
When you’re starting out because that’s your if your natural instinct is really to work a lot more with if your natural instinct and your natural aptitude is to work a lot more with people than with software then you want to go for the EPA rule. The flip side of that obviously is is that if you like taking or tinkering around with data if you love trying to figure out how software works or how devices work in general if you if you’re an engineer then you want to aim for the business systems analyst type of role.
A lot of developers who are interested in moving into an analysis role typically go for the systems analyst role because they can carry over a lot of the skills that they have as a developer as you are being probably the primary one. There are others that I’ll talk about in another video. So when it comes down to choosing the type of analysts that you want to be the advice that I would give is that you go with what wherever your existing strengths are. So like I said if you are much more of a people person then you want to go for the BPA Bill. And over time what you want to do is you want to start to pick up some of the more technical skills that you’re going to need to be able to become the well-rounded analyst. If you’re not much of a people person at the start but you love tinkering around under the hood of software or under the hood of any kind of device really. Then you want to try to start off as a systems analyst role in the system analysts role all trying to pick up some of the technical skills before you learn how to do process design. For example. So understanding these three key points is going to help you a lot to. Really choose the right path for you be a career. And so this is if you’re this is good advice for. This is good advice for people who are really just starting out. And so if you are starting out this is the right time to be thinking about these types of questions because it’s going to affect all of the decisions. For example where are you going to invest a lot of your time and effort in picking up skills. What kind of skills do you need. A lot of new analysts have a very difficult time trying to figure out where they should be investing their time and effort. When it comes to skills building right. Choosing the right type of analyst is going to help you narrow down. The set of options about what kind of courses you want to take. What kind of a mentor do you want to try to find and everything else that goes along with your with your training plan or with your career development plan that you that you create for yourself. So here. All right. So the very first question that you should try to answer in the next video I’m going to talk about some of the other aspects of business analysis career development. If you’re just starting off the more things that you should be considering at the time when you are trying to figure out what your career looks like. My goal here. Is to make sure that you don’t waste your time and effort on things that are not going to help you because if you don’t have direction the chances of you spending your time and your effort and your money needlessly increases a lot. If you have better and clearer direction you can start to hone in on very specifically on what it is that you need and you can start to achieve your career goals a lot more quickly and a lot less expensively than you would if you didn’t have any any career direction. Looking at job postings is one of the things I would recommend that you do in your spare time. Even if you have no intention of applying for the job. Start to scan some of the job postings that you see that are available on recruiter websites. Go to find a target company that you’re interested in working for and start to scan their career section to try to find job postings because in another video I’ll explain to you why and how that can help you. Looking at a company’s job postings it’s like a it’s like a treasure trove of information about what kind of a business analyst that company hires what are their big needs right. And so start looking at those involved in other videos what I’ll start to do is I’ll start to review some job postings and I’ll help you to decrypt them to to start to understand what it is that this employee is actually looking for and what kind of insight the job posting actually gives you about how the company actually functions itself. Because the job posting can tell you a lot about that. So if you want to learn more in the meantime I would suggest that you go over to the website at learn thatB.A. that’s L E R N dotB.A. I’ve written multiple articles on different areas of business analysis. There is an article specifically that I’ve written called The ThreeB.A. archetypes. I read that article because in that article what I do is I give actual examples of a company that would have a business process analyst a business systems analyst and a well rounded business analyst and I and I give you a more clear description of some of the types of tasks each of those different roles might do. So go over to the website. In the meantime learned IBM and read the articles as much as you can in the next video I’ll talk a little bit more about each of the different roles and try to help you get an understanding of which one of those is the right fit for you.