CERTIFICATION VS. WORK EXPERIENCE: MY LIFE AS A BUSINESS ANALYST
I’m Mary Fashanu, an event planner extraordinaire and aspiring badass business analyst/Scrum Master.
When I moved back to England, a cousin of mine talked to me about taking a business analyst or project management course. My first question was “how much is it?” – Well, I just returned and didn’t have a job just yet. I had to make sure I wasn’t about to break the bank.
Fast forward to 2017, I joined WayMaker Learning Academy to do the Business Analyst Bootcamp – 2 weekends (4 days) of intense traveling and grilling. I enjoyed it because it was intense and learned a lot.
However, that wasn’t the end. Along with the course came an excellent opportunity to work on a project! I was nervous at first. Why? You may ask.
I just finished the course, how am I to know what to do? Working with people I did not know from anywhere? Adding to the pile of responsibilities I already have? Did I tell you I am a mother, wife, career lady and a business owner (not just one by the way)?
So imagine adding the project on top of that. Not only that, but I nominated myself as the SCRUM MASTER! Oh Lord! I was thinking to myself “what am I doing?” Because, there’s this notion that as a Scrum Master you should know more or act like the team leader (this is not true in reality, just what a bunch of inexperienced BAs believed including myself) of the group and I had no idea of what I was doing.
I’ve been with WayMaker Academy now for a year and on my second project, and I have to say that EXPERIENCE IS KEY! I cannot begin to tell you how much I have learned and grown. I know that I could easily get an interview now and with the help of the team at WayMaker Academy and my experience on different projects I will smash that interview.
Experience gives and builds your confidence. You learn. When you go for an interview or speak to someone about what you know – you show that you know what you’re saying and trust me, people can tell when you’re making up things, and I believe that’s what would happen if you focus on gathering papers (certificates).
Please do not get me wrong; certificates are great, however, don’t stop there! Look for opportunities to acquire practical ways to showcase what you’ve learned or learning. It goes a long way.
I will be sharing my experience as a Business Analyst and Scrum Master on two projects soon.
Until then, stay tuned.
Also published on Medium.