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Harness IIBA Chapters for Business Analysis Success

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IIBA digital certification and Member badges let your network, peers, and employers know about your ongoing professional development and highlight your commitment to your business analysis career.

Are you an aspiring business analysis professional or student looking to break into the field? Are you eager to start building your professional network now? Do you want valuable professional development opportunities outside of work hours?

Embarking on a new career journey can seem challenging at first, but with adequate support and resources, you can lay the groundwork for success early on. That’s where IIBA chapters come in—and many of their resources are free with IIBA membership (along with many other perks).

Chapters around the world cater to the needs of their local community. They do this through annual conferences, study groups, mentoring programs, workshops, and professional development days, among other things. Plus, chapters enable IIBA members to volunteer, work together, and forge lifelong connections with their fellow practitioners. In doing so, they provide a solid foundation for a successful business analysis career.

According to LinkedIn, “Business Analyst” ranked ninth among the top ten roles with the highest number of paid LinkedIn job posts in the first quarter of 2024. Given this growing demand for business analysis professionals in today’s global economy, future practitioners need all the support they can get on their path to guiding organizations through change.

Let’s explore how IIBA can help.

Understanding Necessary Skills

Much like our planet’s relentless rotation, the business world is in constant motion. This perpetual movement demands an unwavering commitment to learning for those seeking to climb the career ladder and make an impact. Aspiring business analysis professionals are no exception.

IIBA chapters offer a wide range of educational resources, including workshops, webinars, and certification study groups. Beyond technical proficiency, soft skills are increasingly in demand by employers. Participating in chapter-organized events and professional development programs can help you develop essential soft skills to thrive in any role. These include communication, problem-solving, and stakeholder management skills, which are highly valued in the field.

Leveraging Informational Interviews

Transitioning into business analysis roles requires insight and guidance from those who've walked the path before you. Our chapters provide a vibrant community of business analysis professionals at various career stages and experience levels, so you’re never alone on your career path.

Attending chapter events and participating in discussions allows you to build relationships with experienced business analysis professionals. They allow you to conduct informational interviews with current business analysis managers who can provide invaluable firsthand knowledge, mentorship, and potential job opportunities, giving you a competitive edge in the job market.

Networking within the IIBA community can also help you gain insights into the latest industry developments, practices, and emerging tools and methodologies, keeping you informed and up to date.

Building Relationships

In the competitive landscape of business analysis, having someone vouch for you can make all the difference. Even if you don't meet every job requirement on paper, having a relationship or advocate within the industry can open doors and elevate your candidacy.

With IIBA chapters, you gain access to a community where you can connect with experienced professionals who can offer guidance, recommendations, and endorsements.

Breaking into the field of business analysis requires more than just technical expertise; it demands strategic networking, continuous skill development, and mentorship. IIBA chapters offer aspiring professionals a wealth of resources, support, and opportunities to thrive in their careers.

By leveraging the advocacy of industry relationships, honing essential soft skills, and seeking guidance through informational interviews, you can position yourself for success in the dynamic world of business analysis.

Landing Your First Job

Be sure not to miss our upcoming public webinar: Jumpstart Your Business Analysis Career: Strategies for Landing Your First Job. Our speaker will share actionable insights and strategies tailored to post-secondary students looking to enter the business analysis field.

Are you ready to take the next step in your business analysis journey? Explore your local IIBA chapter today and unlock the doors to your future success.


About the Author
Jared Gorai, Director, Chapters & Membership Engagement, International Institute of Business Analysis™, IIBA®

Jared Gorai loves being a business analyst. He has held the title for over 15 years, with over 25 years of business leadership experience in both the retail and energy sectors. He is a strong advocate for IIBA, having served in various capacities with the IIBA Calgary Chapter as well as chairing the Volunteer Chapter Network. He brings his passion for business analysis and experience as a chapter leader to the role of Director of Chapters & Member Engagement with IIBA.