Tips to Build a Career in Business Analytics

In a country like India, we see majority of fresh graduates and other mid experienced people struggling to find work based on their academics, skills or experience. On the other hand, employers say that they can’t find applicants with the skills the job and organization demands. With such growing divide of unemployment and underemployment, there is a need of skill based and job relevant training required for each person specific to the employment they choose to do.

Study Analytics is pioneering a new way to bridge this gap with its unique methodology of providing training and skill development programs in the arena of Analytics with its varied learning solutions. With our one-on-one counseling and a detailed discussion with the candidate, we ascertain the strengths and improvement areas of every candidate and offer the customizations in their learning plans as per industry standards. Also, success in a role is not only limited to technical and analytical skills; but behavior, communication ethics and problem solving skills are also considered equally important performance parameters in the workplace.

Through our collective experience, we’ve learned what works in industry. Our Alumni’s, who are now part of major IT conglomerates, banks and financial institutions, retail giants and Ecom players have told us what it takes to be a Business Analyst:

1. Domain Expertise: No matter which industry you work for, it’s essential for you to have working knowledge of your domain. Research on industry trends, domain advancements, stakeholder’s vision and policies, project outlines, business expectations and business environment are among a few knowledge traits which are always considered as an added advantage for a Business Analyst to get hired faster. Though, domain knowledge isn’t always a factor to be considered when hiring a Business Analyst, but it certainly helps in differentiating you from the talent pool in front of the hiring manager.

2. Quantitative & Logical Reasoning Skills : It isn’t necessary for you to be excellent in quantitative skills but application of basic mathematical formulas and logical reasoning skills will help you in analyzing larger data sets and gaining insights from them in no time.

3. Hands on knowledge of Tools : SAS, R and Excel are few of the leading tools used in the industry to analyze large data sets. 99% of Fortune 500 Companies are depending on SAS for their Analytics Solutions. SAS is a software suite that is used for data retrieval, data integration, data mining, and data management, data analysis, connecting with different silo data sources or platforms of the same business and effectively does the best statistical analytics on it. R is the Open source counterpart of SAS and is widely used for research and statistical analysis. If you are looking at starting a career in Analytics, we would suggest to learn SAS and take certification in the same as it holds a major market share and is widely accepted in the worldwide market.

4. Interpersonal Skills: Being a Business Analyst, you are the only point of contact with internal and external key stakeholders of the projects. Needless to say, communication, negotiation, decision making and team building skills are of utmost importance for any employer.

We hope this post must have helped you in knowing of what it takes to be a Business Analyst. Do let us know if you found this post helpful, for any queries regarding analytics training programs, careers, etc you can drop a mail to mansi.khatri@studyanalytics.in and can check our website at www.studyanalytics.in

Also check out our Business Analytics Course for more details.

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