know the ins and outs of software.
As a systems analyst, you will be responsible for understanding how software functions - but it doesn’t stop there. You must be able to understand how technology can meet a business requirement or solve a business problem. If you love playing with software and can think of a use case for virtually every product feature under the sun, then becoming a systems analyst is the job for you!
Systems analysts are fast learners. If you’re the type to open a package and put together furniture with minimal use of documentation, then you may have a knack for using your intuition. This skill is essential for systems analysts. However, reading and understanding the documentation that is provided is often key, too. Understanding technical jargon can be helpful if you’re reviewing admin documentation. However, most end-user documentation is non-technical user friendly in nature.
But they’re also resourceful! You can expect to find creative ways to meet a stakeholder requirement which might not be readily available with standard product functionality. Get used to the term ‘workaround’ as you’ll often find yourself developing workarounds until the requested feature is available for use.
In addition, the ability to understand how various tools that perform similar functionality relate to one another is good to master as well. Being able to draw the connection between two competing tools will not only help you pinpoint the strengths and weaknesses of software but will also be a significant help when encouraging others to adopt new software.
While there are no particular degrees dedicated to becoming a systems analyst, you’ll want to brush up on your analytical skills. Whether you’re the coursework type or would prefer to read a book, find resources that will help you strengthen the left side of your brain. In addition, understanding basic information technology terms and concepts would be helpful as well.
If you’re ready to dive in and prep for a career as a systems analyst, find a software category that interests you most and sign-up for as many free trails as possible. Review all of the user documentation and get to know the top software in your chosen category inside and out.