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Career Story: Systems Analyst For A Financial Services Company

Systems Analyst For A Financial Services Company

Job Title: IT Systems Analyst

Type of Company: My company is a worldwide provider of financial services.

Education: BA, Operations Management, UMass-Amherst

Previous Experience: I started working for a large financial company in an entry-level position in one of their business departments. An opportunity came up to train internal employees for computer programming positions and I seized it. I then worked through various groups, building my skills and moved from development and programming to analysis.

Job Tasks: I work in the IT department of a financial company as a systems analyst. My team is responsible for assembling financial data for internal and external reports.

One of my responsibilities is to ensure the data's integrity. We store our data used in an Oracle database and I have to ensure that it is accurate and sound. If there are any issues, I am responsible for researching the problem and finding the solution. All this is compiled into a document, a functional specification, which is then given to and reviewed with a developer on the team. The developer is responsible for any coding changes and I then need to review, test and approve these changes. Some of these changes can also include enhancements. These are requests from our end users (internal groups or external clients), which can include additional data elements that are currently unavailable to them. The same process as above is followed.

All changes for any of the above are tracked and logged. I manage all the issues and meet with the analyst and development managers to review and prioritize each item. I am also responsible for fielding questions about the reporting data and am the liaison between my team and specific groups and clients. Main contacts are setup to build a good working relationship across the organization.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of the job is the problem solving. It is rewarding to figure out the solution. Also there is a lot of flexibility with a job working in IT. There are flexible work schedules and workplace options.

The worst part of the job is all the office politics.

Job Tips:
1. If you truly want to be a good analyst, one of the key things you need to learn is programming languages. There are numerous analysts who cannot read the programming code, but knowing how to read it will help you tremendously.

2. Learning the business aspects of the data you are supporting will help you understand the users needs and requests. These requests often come in non-technical terms. So, if you understand their point of view, it will help you to find the proper solutions.

3. Pick up any "teach yourself" books on programming languages.

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