Business Analysis Career Success Story: Helen Anderson

Helen is one of my recent students who embarked on the Beginner Business Analysis Training Program whilst living in Darwin, Australia.

A solo act!

She was playing the role of a subject matter expert, technical data analyst and business analyst all at the same time within a university environment where she was the only person in this role and had a lot of the challenges “solo” Business Analysts often face…

However, Helen was incredibly focused on gaining the formal Business Analysis skills whilst working to achieve formal IIBA® certifications. She completed the ECBA® Certificate exam within a couple of weeks of enrolling in the Business Analysis Excellence program! She was also the first of my students to do the new ECBA exam (in January 2017) and after waiting a few weeks got her pass results. Helen didn’t wait for any grass to grow under her feet, she went on and applied to do the CBAP® certification exam in few short months.

Getting certified whilst on holiday in Spain!

Helen was so determined that she took the exam while she was in Spain on holiday! I received the following email from Helen in my inbox:

“Hello from Madrid. I passed my CBAP exam!  Thank you so much for your help and encouragement.

Why Madrid? – I had booked 6 weeks holidays here, and I thought I’d save a trip to Melbourne to do the exam.”

When I received her email shortly after her success, I was both extremely impressed by her focus and determination but certainly also feeling proud to have been part of her journey.

Her determination and focus paid off

Helen is now employed by a prestigious Canberra consultancy firm as a Business Consultant and she said that she would not have been able to get that role without her CBAP® achievement. What a fantastic result after all her hard work, a real business analysis career success story!
Thanks Helen, you show us all what is possible with your determination and focus!