/ Asked by samuel
I'm a graduate with a degree in General studies. My 2 concentrations are business administration and psychology. I want to become a business analyst. Where should I start in order to work my way up to this level?
Answered by Rachel, Hiring Expert at Eaton, on Tuesday, October 20, 2015
It really depends upon what industry you are planning on entering as each will have a slightly different path to follow.  In general, look for an initial entry level role that is either going to put you in touch with the back end of the business so that you can learn process of how your organization makes it's products, a customer facing role that is going to allow you to learn the front end of the business and make key contacts within the organization, or look for a role that is a hybrid of the two that will give you the opportunity and flexibility to learn.  Learning is the key and is more important than what role you start out with in a company.  If you have the ability to learn the industry, understand your company's current state, have access to the strategic plan and future state goals, and the drive to do your own research and build your network you can move yourself forward.
Answered by Lori, Hiring Expert at Cigna, on Friday, October 23, 2015
Congratulations on graduating and looking to take steps to find a full time position. The first steps you can take is to do research to determine if you would like to focus on a specific industry, location, or size of company. A business analyst can be more operational or technical so you should also determine which direction is your preference. Understand what motivates you through analyzing your likes and dislikes, to further hone into the type of environment that you would thrive in. Utilize the career services area of the school you graduated from to help you with the above steps and to also see if they can assist you in networking with individuals in roles that you are looking to target. Speaking to people who are in those roles will help you gain a better understanding of the expectations of the position and confirm it is in fact the direction you want to go in. Good luck!
Answered by Suzi, Hiring Expert at HP Inc., on Monday, October 26, 2015
Congratulations on getting your degree!   The combination of your specialized areas could be very effective for you in the professional environment.
Even though you've graduated, you will still need to do your homework!  Research companies in the industries which are of interest to you, and find out which ones have the best career development opportunities.   My company has a stellar reputation for providing professional/career development and a catalog containing hundreds of courses of additional training that are available to all employees.  I've worked with sales recruiting previously, and this could be a fantastic place to start in either a sales operations or sales support role. 
Landing an entry role in an organization with an aggressive career develop program and additional training for employees could be the first step towards that business analyst career you desire.
Best of luck!
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