Volunteering is a great way to connect with like-minded people, learn new skills, and give back to your community. The world of business analysis is no exception. In a recent interview with Fabrício Laguna, two business analysis experts, Julia Newell and Linda Parker spoke about their experiences and the value of volunteering for the business analysis community, and the value it brings.
About Julia and Linda
Julia Newell, Community Director for Scotland in the North and for IIBA UK, started volunteering a number of years ago with the IIBA UK in the Scotland branch. She highlights the importance of meeting fellow BAs in the local community and getting together on a regular basis to chat about problems, listen to speakers, and find out what’s happening in the industry overall. Linda Parker, who has been a member of the Scotland branch for over 10 years, initially volunteered to build up her contacts but has since found that training, meeting people, and giving back to the community is what keeps her hooked.
Volunteering is a great way to give back, but it can be hard to know where to start. For those looking to get involved, both Newell and Parker suggest joining a community or meetup group. The International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) is a great place to start as it provides a community for BAs to connect with each other. Additionally, attending events, and asking to help organize the next meeting or meetup can help establish a connection with the community.
The value of volunteering
The benefits of volunteering in the business analysis community are numerous. Not only does it provide opportunities to learn new skills and knowledge, but it also allows individuals to make connections with others in the industry. Business analysis can be a difficult field, and having a network of peers to turn to can be invaluable. Volunteering also provides a way to give back to the community, share knowledge, and mentor other BAs, fostering growth and development within the field.
In a world that often focuses on individual success, volunteering provides a way to connect with others and give back to the community. The business analysis community is no exception. Volunteering not only provides a way to meet new people and learn new skills, but it also allows individuals to give back to the community and foster growth and development within the field. If you’re looking for a way to get involved and make a difference, volunteering in the business analysis community is a great place to start.
BA Life 2023
Join Julia, Linda, Fabrício, and many other BAs at the BA Life Festival on April 27, 2023.
Find out more about the value of being an IIBA Member in this interview with Jared Gorai.