Business Analyst: 5 Steps to Start Your Career

Find the perfect Business Analyst job, create a compelling resume, ace the interview, and negotiate a competitive salary
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  • Lectures 30
  • Length 3 hours
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  • Languages English
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Published 12/2015 English

Course Description


This course is designed as a practical, step-by-step guide to assist you in landing your first job as a Business Analyst!

Utilizing my vast experience in hiring and managing Business Analysts I provide you with my 5 step process that you can leverage to begin your career as a Business Analyst! 


What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn the roles a Business Analyst plays and identify what roles are best suited for you by taking a skills assessment
  • Be guided through the creation of your Business Analyst resume, what to include, and how to get noticed
  • Get insight from a hiring manager on how to appropriately prepare for and ace your Business Analysis interview
  • Guidance on how to create a proper Thank You note to keep you top of mind for that Business Analyst position
  • Tips to successfully negotiate a competitive Business Analyst salary


Hear What Students Are Saying:

"It's very informative and I'll recommend this course to anyone who wants to be a Business Analyst." -Reuben K.

"I like how the instructor has a background in this topic and how he talks to the learner. Great communication skills (doesn't talk down to me nor does he speak over my head) for someone either entering the BA field for the first time or even for those who are in the BA field wanting to freshen up their resume and/or find out if their skills are current for the competitive marketplace. I look forward to the other lectures. Thanks Jeremy!" -DJ L.

"This is an extremely helpful reference. None of the information is rocket science, but it is presented by a professional who as been a job seeking side as well as in the hiring role. I'm making a career change to the world of business analysis, and the guidance is appreciated. Thanks" -Reubin D.

"Jeremy is very easy to understand and provides his knowledge in a no-nonsense way. I can't wait to put his advice to work in my Business Analyst profile!" -Sharon D.


What bonuses are included in this course?

  • This Business Analysis course includes a hands on skills assessment. This assessment allows you to measure your current skills to those beneficial to a Business Analyst. This provides you a road map on any additional skills you may want to pursue to ready yourself for a job in Business Analysis.
  • In addition, you receive the most common Business Analyst interview questions. Many of these questions are pulled directly from my interview documents. I not only give you the questions, I also give you the best way to answer.

Outside of those bonuses, you also gain access to to an industry expert! I am not just the instructor of this course, I am also a resource and a mentor to give you guidance and tips to begin and advance your Business Analyst career.


Enroll in the course today and accelerate your career by becoming a Business Analyst!

What are the requirements?

  • Business Analysis basics
  • Have the mindset to learn
  • Microsoft Excel (or software to open an Excel file) is recommended.
  • Take your time through this course. Reflect after each step and apply what you have learned.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Identify your Business Analysis skills through an included skills assessment
  • Understand the duties of different roles a Business Analyst can play and choose which role is the best fit for your skills and interests
  • Update or create your Business Analysis focused resume in order to utilize keywords and get noticed by the hiring manager
  • Utilize the job hunting process and tips in order to find that perfect job posting
  • Understand how to appropriately prepare for the Business Analyst interview
  • Conclude the interview with confidence and a understand why and how to create and send thank you note
  • Tips to negotiate salary and ensure you are earning top dollar

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is designed for those that understand the basics of Business Analysis and are now looking to land their first job as a Business Analyst
  • This course is great for anyone looking to change careers, leverage their learned skills, and land their first job as a Business Analyst.
  • This course is great for college students looking to utilize their educational background to land their first job as a Business Analyst.
  • No technical experience is necessary.
  • A secondary audience for this course is anyone looking for best practices in updating their resume, interviewing tactics, and negotiating their salary.

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Section 1: Course Overview and Introduction

This lecture will give you an overview of the course and it will set clear expectations on what you will experience as you go through each of the 5 steps (+1 bonus step).


This lecture will help you to understand all about me. I give you insight into my background, how I got into the Business Analysis field, and why I am here teaching online courses.


This lecture is solely to house the downloads. I was getting questions on where they could be found, so I decided to make it easy and put them all in this one lecture.

Section 2: Step 1 - Identify your transferable Business Analysis skills

Welcome to step 1! This will give you an overview of what you will be learning in this step.


There are 8 key skills a Business Analysts utilize. This lecture dives into each of those skills and talks about why they are important.


Regardless of your background, this lecture will give you insight on what skills you likely already have and can leverage as you move into a Business Analyst role.


Download and complete the attached Skills Assessment. The Excel document is recommended, but PDF is also provided.

2 questions

This quickly validates you understand the concepts taught in Step 1

Section 3: Step 2 - Choose a Business Analyst Role

Welcome to step 2! This lecture will give you an overview of what you can expect in this step.


Not all Business Analyst jobs are equal. BAs play a variety of different roles. This lecture dives into the main roles a Business Analyst can play.


This lecture helps tie together the skills lecture and the roles of a Business Analyst lecture. In the end, you will learn about what roles lean more heavily and certain skills. After this lecture you should be able to form a plan as to the Business Analyst role(s) you will be the most successful in.

2 questions

This quick validates you understand the concepts taught in Step 2

Section 4: Step 3 - Create/Update your Resume

Welcome to step 3! This lecture will give you an overview on what you will learn in this step.


This lecture will explain why resumes are so important and why there is a full step dedicated to them.


The most commonly asked question for those applying for jobs...."what format should be resume be in?" After this lecture, you will question no longer!


I have seen candidates make crucial mistakes on their resumes, which alone, caused them not to get pushed through for an interview. In this lecture I will share best practices you can apply right away and help ensure you do not fall into this category.


This lecture is dedicated to some best practices to use for your social network profiles.

4 questions

This quick validates you understand the concepts taught in Step 3

Section 5: Step 4 - Find that Job Posting

Welcome to step 4! This lecture will give you an overview on what you will learn in this step.


I tell you about my favorite job search website and how to best utilize it.


LinkedIn is an outstanding tool when looking for a job. Let me show you why.


As discussed briefly in the resume section, your resume should be adjusted to highlight the skills and experience you possess that match up with the job posting. This lecture will revisit that topic and tell you my process to do so.


I often get asked, "Should I post my resume to job posting websites?" I answer that question and give you some tips in this lecture.

Test Your Knowledge - Step 4
3 questions
Section 6: Step 5 - Ace the Interview

Welcome to the 5th and final(ish) step! This lecture will give you an overview of what you can expect in this step.


This lecture will cover what the hiring manager is looking for and how you can grab their attention.


This lecture will give you the tools necessary to appropriately prep for your Business Analyst interview. I will tell you where to go and specifically what to look for.


This is where the nerves kick in, right? It is the day of the interview. I will give you all the guidance necessary to help you put your mind at ease. From what to wear, went to arrive, how to greet, etc. This in-depth lecture will be a godsend to ensure you are confident and comfortable in your Business Analyst interview.


This lecture continues where the Day of the Interview 1 left off. You will continue to understand how to appropriately conduct yourself in the interview to give you the best chance to land that job.


After the interview you are all done, right? WRONG! This lecture will teach you the crucial step with creating and sending out thank you notes or cards.


This lecture will explain why companies do phone interviews and some best practices for both preparing for and executing them.

4 questions

This quick validates you understand the concepts taught in Step 5

Section 7: BONUS Step - Negotiate a Competitive Salary

Welcome to the BONUS step! This lecture will give you an overview of what you can expect in this step.


YEAH! You have successfully navigated all of the steps, got your resume noticed, aced the interview, and now you have received an offer. This is an extremely exhilerating time for you! All of your hard work has paid off and you are going to get to do what you always dreamed of.....but wait. Do you just accept what they are offering you?

This course will answer that question and more! I will give you the insider scoop from the perspective of the hiring manager/company. This will not only increase your knowledge, but it will also increase your paycheck!

Section 8: Bonus Section - Final Wrap Up of the Course
Bonus Lecture...What's Next?

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Instructor Biography

Jeremy Aschenbrenner, Business Analyst Manager & Coach | Author | The BA Guide

Hi there! My name is Jeremy Aschenbrenner and I am so glad you have found me!

I am a veteran Business Analyst with more than 1000 completed projects. I've done business analysis work for companies in many industries including health care, telecommunications, automotive, agriculture, consumer goods, financial services, food and beverage, and more.

I created The BA Guide to break down the barriers to becoming a Business Analyst. I teach you the base knowledge of what a Business Analyst does, the techniques they utilize, and how you can start your Business Analyst career.  

But I don't just stop there. Once you have successfully started your Business Analyst career, I ensure you stay at the top of your game by providing training on techniques, tools, and best practices.  

Outside of online teaching, I am a Board Member of the IIBA (International Institute for Business Analysis), where I play the role of VP of Education and Certification.

When I am not behind a computer I love to spend time with family and friends, enjoying some warm weather, and if I'm lucky, with a cold drink in my hand and sand between my toes.  

I am here to serve you so please don't hesitate to message me on Udemy or on social media. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!

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