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Who is a Business Analyst?

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It is a big decision to relocate to Canada and moving to a new country comes with its own set of challenges. Oftentimes, immigrants find it difficult to get right into a regulated profession irrespective of the education and experience they had acquired at their country of origin or internationally. Such professionals have to reconsider whether they would like to stay in the same profession for which they might have to go for some training, education and licensing. For others who don’t belong to the regulated fields, they might be unable to transfer their jobs into their new environment.

The other option for this category of immigrants is to branch out into something new.

You often hear people say – why don’t you become a BA? High on the list of considered careers for immigrants is Business Analyst. It is popular with immigrants because it is one of the most in-demand jobs in Canada. Getting trained to be a Business Analyst is unlike rocket science. It is doable with the right mental re-orientation, some training and domain expertise.

Anybody with the right mindset can be a Business Analyst. With your determination and some training, you can make it the career of your choice.

The host of Immigrant Life Podcast, Dapo Bankole is a BA and provides trainings for people who are trying to switch careers to become Business Analysts.

But who is a BA?

BA is a miracle worker or a magician. It has consistently appeared on the topmost career list for the past few years in Canada, as recent as 2021. People with no prior experience are doing excellent jobs as Business Analysts. Chances are you may have performed tasks related to business analysis during your career without knowing it.

Dapo has a hoodie that reads –

“A business analyst is someone who does precision guesswork based on unreliable data provided by those of questionable knowledge.”

That pretty much sums up the life of a BA. The International Institute of Business Analyst defines it as: a diverse field of business that combines innovation, technology, and managerial skills.

However, that does not say much. The reality, of course, is that broadly speaking, a business analyst is someone who helps to leverage an opportunity or solve a problem or do both.

Think about this:

Imagine you want to buy a house – you pick up a phone and call your realtor, David. You tell him you want to buy a house within the next twenty days. David hangs up the phone and after 15 days he calls to tell you that he has the house for you. You show up as agreed and you look at the house which is nowhere near what you were looking for. You do not like the location, how it looks outside and inside. It turns out disappointing.

Now think of calling Jane, who starts by asking questions after questions. She begins by asking you your intentions and objectives with this new house. You explain your interest and tell your changed reality about expanded family and need for office space at home etc. She asks how long you intend to live there and what your options are for locations. What you are going to do after a while with the house. Do you intend to turn it into an income generating property? How many rooms are you looking for? What is your layout preference? Is it a detached, semi-detached, townhouse or a condo that you are looking for? With each question she asks, you are forced to think about them. Did you consider those options? Did you look at what is available? Her stream of questions is making you think of choices, options, and possibilities in a different way. By the time you end your conversation you are confident that based on your answers Jane will find a gem for you. She will show you pros & cons of every option for a house that you have, and she will help you see through the fluffs and make a better decision.

That is what a BA brings to an organization. BA is the intermediary between business and technology side of projects. If your BA does a poor job the project is destined to fail. Arguably, a BA is the most important role in a project. BA is described in the industry with various names such as Business Analyst, Business Systems Analyst, Business Solution Architect, Business Intelligence Analyst, Enterprise Architect, Financial/Functional Analyst, Information Architect, Business Consultant, and more. At the end of the day, he or she helps you to save money or make money through carefully planned set of activities. Therefore, you can say that a Business Analyst is probably the most important role in any project.

Listen to the Immigrant Life Podcast series 78, 79 & 80 where host Dapo Bankole deep-dives into BA and helps you understand the nuances about Business Analysis.

Leave a review for The Immigrant Life when you are done listening at https://reviews.immigrantlife.ca/collect

Written by Yinka Bakare.

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