Louise Powell, Senior Business Analyst (BA) here at BGL, talks about her latest event, BA: Careers and Beyond, which explored different development opportunities available to the BA community.
I’ve worked in the insurance industry for almost 20 years now, spending the past eight of those as a BA. One question I’m often asked is what my next career move will be, which is normally followed up with: “though if you moved away from being a BA, you’d need to take a pay cut until you were fully trained in your new role…
…. Well actually, no. There’s always more to learn as a BA, but an experienced BA has also developed a lot of transferable skills that can be adapted elsewhere. With this in mind, I decided to organise a career talk for BAs, looking at what development support is available, and what other roles they can successfully progress on to.
I’d previously met Lawrence Darvill (Director at AssistKD and main organiser of BA Manager Forum events), who I knew had some great knowledge on the topic of career planning. I got in touch and talked him through my plan, and was relieved to hear that he’d be happy to share some of his insight at the event. I was also keen for our internal training expert, Linda, to come along and share some of her thoughts.
The date was set, lunch was organised and my colleague Mary had helped me by designing some collateral to promote the event. I had opened the event up to internal and external BAs, but I also wanted to reach aspiring BAs, so I also reached out to those I knew in the local area, and encouraged my colleagues to share the event across their LinkedIn and Facebook pages.
Soon enough, I’d gone over the 40 headcount that we’d previously agreed...please let the caterers be generous with their portions, I thought, then we’d be fine! I officially marked the event fully booked at 55 attendees, having secured a nice mix of internal and external attendees, including a few who were not currently BAs.
The day of the event soon approached. I started the session by thanking everyone for coming to the BA: Careers and Beyond event, and talking about why I thought the session was important. I then passed the spotlight onto Milan Juza, our Associate Director, who talked about the value of BAs in BGL, before introducing our guest speaker, Lawrence. As Lawrence delivered his talk to a room full of BAs, I looked around and saw the whole audience fully engaged, listening intently and appreciating what he was saying. Lawrence finished the talk by doing a book draw – he brought ‘Business Analysis Techniques: 99 Essential Tools for Success’ by his colleague, Debra Paul; James Candle and Paul Turner, as a prize. Lawrence then introduced Linda, our training expert, who briefly spoke about the courses we have available here at BGL to support BAs in their development.
Following the event, I’ve had some great feedback from colleagues, which made it all worthwhile –it’s great what you can do with team work. I was also later contacted by a trainer at another company, who’s thinking about setting up a BA Community in Peterborough and asked if I’d be interested in joining them. Of course, I said yes.
You can watch the full talk here