• A quick update

    Life has eased up a bit which means I can slowly start getting back into blogging more regularly. Last week I had a whirlwind of a week - I finished off at a client after being there for close to 2 years, went straight into my BASSA conference (where I presented) and started at a new client. It was a week full of mixed emotions and incredibly tiring. I was looking through some photos I took during the week and remember taking this one on my drive home after work one evening, it was a good metaphor for the journey I was on and continue to be on.
    I have been working incredibly hard on my career, especially over the past two years. Really focusing on rounding out my competencies and ultimately growing into a Senior Business Analyst. During this time my company also moved to a Consultancy framework which meant that performing at the level of a Senior Business Analyst wasn't enough, you had to have rounded out competencies spanning across Project Management, Agile Methodology, Quality Assurance as well as have experience in Leadership and a number of other things. So suddenly in order to get my promotion, I had to do A LOT more. I want to grow in my career as much as I can so I really pushed myself. That meant doing a lot of extra work and the blog taking a bit of a back seat. I finally got my promotion to Senior Business Consultant. I don't go around telling everyone I can about it, but it is something I feel proud of and want to share here. I was spoiled rotten by my family (so a big thank you so them for all their love and support!).
    I have been going through quite a bit in the background especially in the last 6 months. I was on a challenging strategic project at a client - it is the type of work that Business Analysts wish to do - I got involved in shaping the way a client structures their department, assisted with developing new business processes and designed functionality to support the processes. It was very challenging but looking back on it, it helped grow my skills (technical and soft skills) and I met such wonderful people, some of whom I now call friends.

    During this hectic project I decided to submit an abstract for consideration for the Business Analysis Summit of Southern Africa Conference (BASSA), I was accepted to speak last year and I wanted to prove to myself that I wasn't just a flash in the pan and was capable of presenting again, so I submitted an abstract again this year. I was fortunate to make the cut, because I was told that the panel were very strict when reviewing the submitted abstracts. Preparing for a conference presentation is not easy. All the preparation could only be done after work and on weekends. I also couldn't get the tone and content for my talk to a point where I was happy with it. Eventually I just decided to go there and speak from the heart - my true passion in the work that I do is helping organisations achieve their strategies. I always do my absolute best to ensure that all the work I do adds value, so my talk was centered around how one does that and more importantly, I shared my thoughts, methods I use and encouraged others to share their viewpoints. I believe my talk was a success and despite all the nerves and at times pure anxiety (the sleepless nights and challenges of work) I enjoyed it. I think I might be crazy enough to submit an abstract again next year.
    After 2 days at BASSA I headed to my new client the very next day - one thing about being a contractor is that your moves from client to client very much means starting over from scratch each and every time. You have new systems, processes and people. It is overwhelming and I hate feeling like I am not adding value (basically I hate feeling clueless) but that is just how it is initially. The first month is always the hardest but the reason I chose to be a consultant is because of my hunger to learn new things. As a Business Analyst, my biggest fear is becoming complaisant. Jumping from project to project, across different industries, not only teaches me new things but it helps grow my portfolio of work - making me better at my job. It means that for the next month, I might not be back to blogging "full time" (meaning after work) but I will be able to post a bit more frequently.
    So there is a bit of an update as to what was going on and why I was so quiet. I had to let some things go and unfortunately the blog was one of those things. I am incredibly grateful to those of you who have waited patiently and stuck by me. Support and loyalty from my readers is what keeps me blogging.

    Big Hugs,
    Charlene XXX

    PS. Janie, I know that it is VERY overdue, but your prize will be on your way to you this week. I am putting it here for all to see so that you know I haven't forgotten despite the LONG time. Thank you for being so patient for your prize. It is a MASSIVE box! You and your Mom are going to have a lot of fun with all the goodies.

    6 comments:

    1. Love ur post,Hard work always pays off Congratz to u . May God bless u endlessly :)

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      1. Thank you so much Lameez. It really means a lot to me XXX

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    2. Congrats! It is the best result to see all your hard work pay off.

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      1. Thanks Anye. Hard work is always worth it in the end XXX

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    3. Congrats! I'm so glad you are back. I wish you all the best success as a Senior Business Analyst :)

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      1. It is good to be back to blogging Claire. I was worried that I had lost my desire to blog, but it feels good being behind the "Create post" screen again.XXX

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