You may have seen me post on Twitter recently that I am going through a career change. It has been in the works for a while.
I am not changing companies, more of a promotion to fill a gap in a newly created position in my team. I have been working for the same company for 8 years now and always on the Operations/Customer Service/Processing side of things. I am now moving into a Business Analyst/ Subject Matter Expert (BA/SME) role within that same team. I have been excited by the idea since the day my Manager asked if I would be interested. I am thankful that she has given me this opportunity. I love her, and she is very knowledgeable, approachable and will help me get the best out of me, even if she does lack a little on the follow through.
So this week, over 2 days I am completing a Business Analyst Fundamentals course. After day one I am loving it! The facilitator is not exactly presenting smoothly but he is very knowledgeable and getting the point across well enough for us all to understand. I am sure tomorrow it will all pull together nicely and make a whole lot more sense. More importantly though I know what a BA does and more about what I will be expected to do. For those that don't know, a BA essentially assists in project management, writing plans to solve problems or seize opportunities within a business and achieve desired outcomes.
I am liking what the role details, I naturally like order and routine even if at times it gets tedious, its not the routine but the work itself. I can already start to see some of my challenges being my communication and networking with my shy tendencies, it is going to take a lot for me to put myself out there and make those connections with people but I am going to have my manger right there with me and I know I can do it!
All of this is part of the reason for starting a blog, to polish my written communication skills, communication styles and just get a feel for it. I am also working out what people respond to and as a form of practice for my new skills. Keep an eye out later in the week for the post day 2 update and the results of a post course meeting with my manager. Maybe somewhere I will be able to connect with someone to help me on my journey!