The skills Michelle gained on the part-time programme meet the requirements of business analyst roles and have increased her effectiveness when working on IT transformation projects
Michelle Devaney from Waterford completed the two-year, part-time HDip in Business Systems Analysis at WIT.
How do you believe the course will benefit your career in the long term?
The BSA course has provided me with a wide range of IT skills relating to software development, working with databases, enterprise applications, coding, web development and data analytics.
I believe that the skills that I have learnt over the past couple of years directly meet the skills required for Business Analyst roles within the employment sector.
I am also a better-rounded project manager, and have a solid understanding of the Software Development Life Cycle, analysing business requirements, mapping processes and applying different project methodologies; which will increase my effectiveness when working on IT transformation projects.
How did you enjoy the experience of returning to education?
It has been more challenging than I anticipated but in a good way. I feel that I have had exposure to a wide range of subjects within the BSA field and all of which are practical and worthy of the time spent.
The assessments are well-paced through the semesters so that they are not overwhelming and the lecturers are very encouraging and supportive and able to balance the differing levels of experience within the group.
There is significant focus on the practical application on what we have learnt, and many of the assessments were scenario-based e.g. acting like a business for mapping/using systems/producing KPI dashboards in line with their business processes.
It makes the theory relevant and provided us with an opportunity to create a portfolio of work examples that could be shown to future employers.
It has also been great getting to know my lecture group, we have all come from different employment areas, and it was interesting to hear about what we learnt applied practically to their roles.
What are the personal benefits you believe you have gained?
The course is also designed to improve some of the ‘softer’ transferable skills that are important in the workplace e.g. presentation skills, report writing, team work, analytical skills, and time management.
On a personal note, I had taken a career break for a couple of years to raise my young children and had relocated to Waterford. This course has provided me with the opportunity and confidence to change my career direction. The inclusions of a work placement or work-based project will also mean that I will apply the new skills in a work environment, with the support of WIT.
Describe the positive impact of Covid-19 on the overall course delivery or assessments?
I was initially apprehensive about how the online delivery of the course would work in the second year, but was pleasantly surprised how well it worked and that I did not feel disadvantaged by not having face to face time with the lecturers.
The lecturers used a variety of features to deliver the content including the obvious video lectures, screen sharing, chat functions, recording live lectures so that you can refer to them at a later date, group work through break out rooms, and Slack.
From a logistical point of view, the remote nature of the course significantly reduced my travel time, so fitted in well with my home life.