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Well I seem to have some luck on my side. I am currently working for a large insurance firm as a developer(contract basis) for over 3 years however my contract is ending this month.
I have not even begun to look seriously and I have been on 2 interviews. One I already recieved at offer from and the other is highly interested.
One is for a Technical Business Analyst the other for developer. The developer is at another large insurance firm. The analyst position is at a co. which is highly stable(LARGE retail parent).
Is a Technical Business Analyst a step up in a career move or a step down? I can do both but am intriged by doing something different.
I am having a hard time deciding.Money is the same, otherwise I would not have any problem deciding.
Thanks all!
 
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Originally posted by John Ranaudo:

Is a Technical Business Analyst a step up in a career move or a step down? I can do both but am intriged by doing something different.



Up and down is all a matter of perspective. More importantly, never take any step before you know where you are going. Although you can't be expected to know exactly where you're going, you should have a sense of the general direction.
So what do you want to do? What position do you want to be in job wise, in 5 years? 10? 20? What skills do you need to get there?
Only then can you decide which job is better towards meeting your goals.

--Mark
 
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I was always leaning towards management. I know I know some people say this is the worst way to make a living but my father has been a contract or over 15 years and he always said he would have liked to do something different but regrets never doing that.
that said, I do enjoy doing analysis also which is a big help.
so my question would better be stated by saying:
Would a Tech. Business analyst position be a step towards management or away from it?
[ September 23, 2003: Message edited by: John Ranaudo ]
 
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IMO, developer is seen by a large segment of society as an entry level job. Business Analyst invloves using your mind to contemplate; whereas developers are robots of the commodity type. Perhaps there's a touch of exageration in my statements, but not much.
 
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In my opinion, don't let the title fool you. I've had numerous title changes in my short career ( programmer, programmer analyst, business systems analyst ) that were the same job when you get right down to it, even though the job descriptions were different. I would check deeper into the actual duties you will be responsible for, rather than relying on the title. But on the other hand, different and progressive sounding titles probably look better on your resume on the road to management than just the same old developer title!
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Usually I get to make up my own titles, so definitely look at what the job REALLY involves.
In theory, a Business Analyst is less likely to be offshored - ergo, less likely to deadend - since there should be some attempt being made to actually have familiarity with what goes on in that particular company. Of course, if theory was all there was to life, no one would be able to understand most of the jokes in "Dilbert".
 
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I also received an offer for a business analyst position. I inquired about the job description during my chat with the VP. Well from what i gather the position required a thorough knowledge of the business process - and in this case the client was a bank. I would be in charge of requirements analysis. Then i'd give the analysis to the developers and they would create the program. I should also make sure that all the requirements have been met - before deploy and turnover. No coding.
IMO its a less stressful job compared to that of a developer.
But i am in the middle of another project so i might not take the offer.
 
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wow, thanks for all the reply's everyone. I had some more time to think about it today and I am really getting interested in the technical business analyst position. Especially since the other position never even bothered to tech me out. Strange. Only the about this other position is all the people are my age and mountain bike which I do so I feel like I could make some good friends there but I guess you can make friends anywhere.
Thanks again!!
 
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