5 ways to balance business analysis training while working

Posted on April 13, 2021

Want to train in business analysis but struggling to fit it into your working schedule?

Continuing professional development is a great way to advance your career but the common problem is making time for it in an already-busy work life. Let’s talk about the 5 ways that the BCS Business Analysis Diploma can work around your routine!

1. Course Dates

The BCS BA Diploma consists of 4 courses (3 practitioner + 1 foundation) and the training is spread out over a year. These courses are ran regularly with multiple dates to choose from so if the upcoming date doesn’t work for you don’t worry there are always more available. This takes away the pressure of having to cancel other priorities just to attend specific training dates.

2. Weekend Courses

Even with options of dates, it can be difficult for professionals working the typical 9-5, Monday-Friday. We advise looking for a training provider offering courses that are ran over the weekend. Weekend courses are slightly more intense considering that they are held over a shorter time (weekday courses are held over 3 days and weekend courses are held over 2 days). For some, it can be a hassle to request holiday for BA training so this way busy professionals can continue their professional development without having to take time off!

3. Exam Scheduling

Exam timings can often put professionals in a sticky spot but the beauty of the BA Diploma is that you take the exams when it is convenient for you. Take the exam at the end of the course or take it a few weeks later. Pick a time that’s suitable for your schedule, it’s all down to YOU. There’s no longer a need to worry about an exam clashing with a project meeting.

4. In-house Training

If your organisation needs to train other staff too, an in-house course is another way of incorporating BA training to fit into your work schedule and is also cost-effective for your organisation. We can deliver any of our public courses on your site (currently online due to COVID-19 pandemic). Training a group of staff can put even more pressure on time restraints and we understand this, that’s why we often work with organisations to develop a personalised time schedule that is most suitable for them. Can’t do a 3-day course from 9am-5pm? Let’s split it into a 6-day course from 9am-1pm.

We can combine training with consultancy and examine how you can improve your business analysis and agile practices. We can use examples from your recent projects to illustrate to your staff potential improvements. Training sessions have sometimes become workshops geared towards improving the business analysis, requirements specification, and software development processes.

5. Evening Revision for the Oral Exam

The final oral exam is probably the toughest part of the Diploma but well-organised preparation can help minimise the nerves and increase your chances of success. Having a full day preparation course is great but if that doesn’t fit your schedule? Evening trainer-led revision sessions are a perfect way to get that prep in after a full day of work. We run regular online prep sessions in the evening for our delegates preparing for the exam, not to mention we also provide access to a library of previous oral prep recordings!

If you are interested in learning more about the BCS Business Analysis Diploma and what it can do for your career, join our free online open evening on 14th April from 18:30pm – 19:30pm. You can register in the form below.

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