Becoming Business Analyst without experience

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I am an entrepreneur, co-founder of Adaptive US, building my brand to be a global name in the Business Analysis domain. My mission is to help business analysts to build a successful professional career. 

Becoming Business Analyst without experience

“I want to pursue a career in the Business Analysis field. I am very excited about it and keen to pursue further. But, I am in a different role and I don’t have prior experience in Business analysis.

How do I switch over to BA role?

All BA jobs advertized require prior experience.

How do I make the transition?

Will any certification help me for the transition?

How do I solve this?

Most BA certifications have prior experience eligibility criteria.

I am in a fix–what should I do to make my dream true?

I am a software developer but not keen on continuing further. I don’t like coding going further, doesn’t seem exciting to me I am inclined to a Business Analysis career. I am very excited about it and keen to pursue further.

I am a testing/QA professional and doing some part of BA work, I would like to move into a full-fledged Business analysis career, can you help me with this?”

Does this sound like you?

Being in the business analysis domain for many years, we come across similar issue very often.

Business Analysis has been an upcoming promising field and has gained high popularity owing to its techno-functional nature, where functional/domain knowledge plays a significant of role.

A high-level knowledge of technology is a great booster to the skills.

Often professionals find it difficult to join the BA professionals even though they may have a good industry experience and knowledge.

Some suggestions/points to follow if you are also in this situation:

  1. IIBA has now come up with ECBA, an amazing certification scheme spotting the need of the hour and catering to the aspirations for many.
  • ECBA as some of you may know stands for Entry Certificate in Business Analysis, and as the name suggests caters to those professionals who would be making an entry or begin their career in BA domain.
  • It could also mean changing the domain from a different field to the BA field. The good part is it doesn’t require any experience in BA domain to take this certification, and focuses on those knowledge areas of Business Analysis domain which are going to be of use for the beginners like Requirements Analysis, Requirements Life Cycle Management, Elicitation, and Collaboration.
  • ECBA certification from IIBA is recommended for aspiring and new Business analysts. This not only gives you a rock solid foundation for getting into the BA profession also helps you with a global certification. ECBA has the backing of market recognition of IIBA hence the job opportunities it would bring in due to acceptance in the corporate segment. ECBA is framed rightly to suit the needs of an entry level Business analyst focusing on requirements analysis, modeling and requirements lifecycle management with a good amount of emphasis on modeling concepts and tools.
  • We have helped 100+ professionals in getting ECBA certified and giving better prospects to their career.

See the ECBA certified list and feedback

Please read through a detailed blog on how to get certified with ECBA.

2. If you are keen on getting certified from IIBA then consider taking a BA training session and acquiring the IIBA prescribed BA skills.

  • Post-training you can go in for a full-fledged BA career using your background, domain, and experience. Once you acquire the required 2.5 Years of relevant BA experience you can comfortably go for CCBA certification. Please weigh these options looking at all pros and cons and then take an appropriate decision on the same.

If becoming a business analyst without experience is your primary concern then this is the way ahead to a great BA career ahead.

3. Career development planning makes the transition smooth from QA or developer or any other domain to a Business Analyst role:

  1. Get involved in the requirements gathering process proactively.
  2. Take proactive measures to talk to stakeholders/users.
  3. Show interest, gather knowledge and be proactive to be part of the requirements gathering and documentation process.
  4. Learn the modeling tools (diagramming tools) and Requirement management tools.
  5. Try to learn the business terms, business process, look for any business (domain) terms repository available in your project with client/on the web.
  6. Try to understand the existing system and the new proposed system, the overall objective of the project and the big picture.
  7. Learn industry or domain process framework/best practices using APQC Framework.
  8. Take lead in any defect resolution/analysis with users during the deployment process.
  9. Get involved in the user /implementation training
  10. Most important start thinking more like a business user (business mode of thinking) and stop thinking like a developer or a tester(solution mode of thinking)
  11. Take lead/active part in any process/requirement changes in the project/account.
  12. Follow some great leaders in the industry that you are in.
  13. Join Professional groups on Business Analysis and try to follow the discussions, Participate in forums and conferences which can help you enhance your career in the new field
  14. Keep pursuing your goal and be focused on your goal/objective
  15. Be open to learning and make learning your objective for everyday

You can become a Business Analyst without experience, no need to break your head or burn your heart.

With all these steps we definitely can assure you that you will see yourself in a promising and bright career.

All the best on your career, don’t forget to share your success story to us and in the BA network.

Always remember to extend help to someone who is in need of some career guidance and help.


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11 thoughts on “Chicken or Egg: Certification or Experience, the never ending dilemma”

  1. It is indeed possible to start a BA career without BA experience. I myself transitioned to a BA career by undergoing BA training from Adaptive US and completing my ECBA certification.

  2. Pratik Kothari

    I transitioned from a QA role to a BA role and have been working as a BA since the past 2.2 years. Should i opt for ECBA?


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