I am new to this forum. I am in desperate need of some advise. I'd like to start off by mentioning my background. I have a BE in Mechanical Engineering, MBA in Sysyems and Marketing, and an MS in Management Information Systems (Yeah, it was an overkill with all those degrees). I am struggling to make a career. I started out in the data warehousing world, building reports, SQL, PL/SQL programming. I have some exposure to Java Script and JSP, but not much. I was bored of building reports, so I asked my current employer to give me a BA role.
I speak very well, and have no issues in language communication. However, the first year of my BA did not go very well due to a Manager who took a dislike towards me. He went out of his way to put me down. He never gave me good reviews, and the learning did not happen under him for the past 2 years. I either need to get away from this job, or ask for another project. Either way, I'd like you to tell me what it is that is expected out of a BA candidate to get a job outside? I have not done requirements gathering, led JAD sessions, etc. I did however, analyze a lot of problems inherent in our application, and suggested solutions. I could not interact with the client as much as I needed to.
Are there some basic requirements that is expected out of a BA? I have mentioned my skill sets. Given those, what gaps do I need to fill? Do I need to learn any additional tools liek UML, etc that I don't know? What am I missing, and how do I get these under my belt?
I am very frustrated with the situation. I very badly need your expert advise and opinions to break this impasse. I am stagnating under the current job, and have not prospered one bit in the past 3 years. Please help me out here by shedding some light. I live in the Washington DC Metro area. I have been trying hard to meet a BA outside of my work area to get some advise, but unfortunately, in my currents contacts, I am unable to find one. I would love to meet a BA face to face to discuss this.
Thank you, and God bless you.