Skip to content Career Development

How to develop my career as a Business Analyst?

Your career is your vehicle for success, now and for the future. The world around you won’t wait or hand you a tool-box that guarantees long-term success and an established future. You and you alone are the driver of your own success and to be successful, you need to have a realistic plan you're committed to, and that works.
To help you on your way, here are some helpful career planning tips and resources, that International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®) would like to share with you this year and beyond.

Career Planning Tips

  1. Recognize what is important in your career and life
  2. Develop a mindset of lifelong learning that supports career advancement
  3. Keep up to date with changes in the work place and your industry or sector
  4. Identify any personal blocks or life constraints and how you can overcome them
  5. Have an unobstructed vision of your future
  6. Identify broad aims and SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-Bound)
  7. Find people who can support you in completing your goals e.g. career coach, mentor, manager or supervisor
  8. Mistakes happen: use this experience to learn and develop a new career strategy
  9. Know what strengths and talents you can offer and how you can add value to an organization
  10. Be flexible, review your progress regularly and be willing to adapt and change
  11. Realize one career size does not fit all organizations
  12. Take control of your career, to remain relevant and employed

Business Analysis Career Planning Resources

Take Action!
Step-1 Understand: Familiarize yourself with the Business Analysis Competency Model
Step-2 Evaluate: Assess your business analysis competencies
Step-3 Plan: Create your career action plan
Step-4 Act: Implement your career action plan
Step-5 Review: Review and refine your career action plan
View the Business Analysis Competency Model and Business Analyst Career Action Guide for more information on how to take charge of your career!


For other Business Analysis career development resources, please be sure to visit our site at to experience our many offerings:

Want your competencies recognized? Get certified.

Learn more about IIBA.

Want to become an IIBA Member? If you're an organization, please check out our Corporate Program.

Already a Member? Get involved! Join your local Chapter or become an IIBA Volunteer. 

Start Developing Your Professional Business Analysis Career


Business Analysis Resources

Find free and Members-only curated content dedicated to advancing your career in business analysis including webinars, IIBA bookstore, online library, whitepapers, and more.

Browse Business Analysis Resources

IIBA® Certifications: The Global Standard

Certification improves your marketability, your employability, and your earning potential. Prepare and equip yourself with expertise and key competencies.

Find Out More

Challenge Your Business Analysis Knowledge

Business analysis demands creativity, rigorous analytical thought, and the ability to work well with people. Use these tools to assess your knowledge, plan your career, and understand the skills needed to perform effectively as a business analysis professional. 

Challenge you Business Analysis Knowledge

Endorsed Education and Training

IIBA endorses education and training delivered by EEPs and Academic Members to support the ongoing development of business analysis professionals from entry level to seniority.

Find Endorsed Education and Training

Upcoming Certification Exam Preparation Courses