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by Inga Davids · Updated on October 27, 2020

3 R’s To Avoid Becoming A Me-llennial Business Analyst

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Be recognizant, realistic and responsive to show your progressive, team-player, who loves working, side and avoid becoming a me-llennial business analyst.

Bright eyed and bushy tailed millennials are entering the business analysis profession at an ever increasing rate. Yet, when people hear the word ‘millennial’ it can conjure up images of self-centred, entitled and eager-for-promotion twenty-somethings. 

Is this a fair assessment?

We emerge from university with expectations high. Expectations of entering a business analyst role that immediately exposes us to a deluge of projects. Each posing the opportunity to binge on the variety of behaviours, knowledge and techniques. Cementing all of the business analysis competencies we need to land us with a swift promotion. However, as we begin, the reality is somewhat different and the dreams of our millennial utopia slowly start to blur.

Good things take time, and the same rings true on our journey as young millennial business analysts. Great business analysts hone and master their authority over years, over good projects and bad projects, over ups and downs. Their wits are tested on a minefield of initiatives, their skills sharpened through a plethora of engagements and their insights groomed with experiential exposure.

As millennial business analysts we look in awe at these heavy-weights, the ones who hold the title of Senior Business Analyst or Principal Consultant. Wondering how they got to be where they are, but not truly understanding the effort, time and dedication that it took for them to get there. These role model business analysts carefully crafted their careers, knowing that success doesn’t happen overnight.

As millennials, is our greatest trait of eagerness our biggest downfall?

Do we approach our career trying to accomplish ten years of experience in one year, whilst keeping our fingers crossed for the quick promotion and recognition? When the rewards are not immediate, are we too quick to jump to new pastures only to realise it might not be as green on other side? If we’re constantly looking to cherry pick the best projects, that we deem fit for us, us me-llennial business analysts won’t get very far along the winding path towards growing into great business analysts.

The next time you’re hit with the pang of ‘me-llennial  syndrome’, remember the following bites of humble pie may just curb your appetite to impulsively jump to greener pastures, and, instead, help you to put down roots.

Let’s be recognizant

Have you taken stock?

Be recognisant of the competencies your role requires, track those you’ve been exposed to, reflect on the skills you’ve gained, be honest with the ones you still need to master and understand the gaps that need to be addressed.

Remember the steps you’ve taken and how far you’ve come, and chances are you’ve probably achieved more than you are allowing yourself credit for. It can also be easy to think we are better than we are, be mindful of that too.

Let’s be realistic

Are your expectations reasonable?

Be realistic in what you are able achieve right now, considering the level of experience that you have gained and where you are in your career. Build on your abilities with each new project, cementing your business analysis fundamentals.

Remember that the job requirements of the business analyst role are intensive and extensive, and that the necessary behaviours, knowledge and techniques you harvest have been cumulatively grown over days, months and years.

Let’s be responsive

Are you reacting appropriately?

Be responsive to your personal development, considering the reasons behind your learning path and how these circumstances may favour your career. Seize opportunity by suggesting alternative options to advance your career.

Remember that managers have a responsibility towards your success as a business analyst, and trust that their career guidance is shared in the best interests of giving you confidence and helping you build a solid foundation.

Companies are investing heavily in growing our behaviours, knowledge and techniques for the future, but we can be too quick to cry foul when progress is seemingly not happening quick-smart enough for us. Can we blame our peers for stereotyping us as the self-obsessed, entitled and wasteful Generation Me when we’re so flighting in our endeavours?

Is it time to practice some humility on our journey as millennial business analysts?

Let’s fight to show our progressive, team player, who loves working, side by taking the time to learn the business analysis trade. Let’s embrace the little steps, the small experiences, the bite-size lessons, and truly become a reckoning millennial business analysis force because of it!


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