My mission at joebarrios.com is to provide you with the tools and knowledge necessary to enter–and excel in–your Business Analyst career.
Entering a new career is like starting a journey. The path has many twists and turns, a lot of moving parts, much that you need to get right, and a lot of uncertainty. At the end of that path is the destination you know you want: a fulfilling career as a Business Analyst.
When the path ahead is uncertain but the goal is known, it’s helpful to have a map to navigate ahead. A roadmap, if you will.
I borrow the term “roadmap” from the software engineering field of Architecture. It means that you know where you are now with your software solution, and you know where you want to be in the future. The “roadmap” provides you with a step by step path for getting from here to there, by navigating all of the obstacles on the path on the way to your goal.
I use a career roadmap here at joebarrios.com for the same reason. My purpose is to guide you, step by step, from the moment you decide you want to be a Business Analyst to the moment you have a job offer in hand. I do this through the tons of free information I provide on this website. In the months ahead, I will also be offering premium courses for a fee to help you tackle some of the toughest parts of the roadmap.
The Business Analyst Career Roadmap
Before the roadmap starts there is a Step 0, which is simply determining whether a Business Analyst career is right for you. Most of the visitors to the website already seem to know they want to be Business Analysts, so we’ll go right to Step 1.
Step 1: Identify Your Talents
The very first step is to identify what you bring to the table. Getting into a new career is tough, and so you must put every tool at your disposal on the table to get you from where you are now to the job offer. Picking up new skills and knowledge is important, sure, but so is convincing an employer that your experience up to now counts in your new Business Analyst career. You must properly identify your transferable skills, and present them in the best possible light.
Step 2: Increase Your Knowledge
In addition to what you bring to the table, there are certain things that every Business Analyst should know. While you can pick up a lot on the job, it’s also important to be able to speak intelligently to certain concepts to increase an employer’s confidence in hiring you. You must learn the basic concepts and know how to apply them on job applications and the job interview.
Step 3: Prepare Your Resume
Once you have identified your talents and increased your knowledge of Business Analysis, it’s time to put it all together on your resume. You need a resume that will immediately catch an employer’s eye and convince them that you are the most qualified applicant for the position. There are a number of resume strategies and techniques to help you get there.
Step 4: Ace The Interview
The buck stops here. You can get the previous steps right and get in the door for an interview. But if you don’t ace the interview, you’re going back to the drawing board. That’s why I spend so much time on interview preparation on this website. There are additional techniques for projecting confidence in your knowledge and skills that we will explore together.
Step 5: Get Hired!
Success! You have a job offer in hand. While we can talk about things like salary and benefits negotiations, there’s not much more to say. Congrats!
Step 6: Accelerate Your Career
Getting hired is great, but it’s only the end of the beginning. Once you’re working as a Business Analyst, career success means riding the wave of ever-faster technological progress and ensuring you continue to have cutting-edge skills.
This roadmap should give you a clear idea of the things you must do to get from where you are now, to where you want to be. Maybe you’re not at Step 1 anymore, but in some subsequent step. That’s fine too. My goal is to help guide you no matter where you are on the roadmap.
As always, I welcome your feedback.