To give some background I am working at a fintech company in India as an Associate Business Analyst in Delivery department of a MNC. Associate BAs are considered as Level 1 employee at this firm meaning they are not very knowledgeable about the systems from business perspective since they are freshers or less experienced. Recently I was assigned a task which involved good accounting and systems current function knowledge in order to prepare the user stories for the given requirement.
These user stories need to be very detailed to the level that every db field mapping needs to be prepared for every scenario related to that implementation and requirement. Now after spending more than a week on it I was not able to make much progress on it and I explained difficulties I am facing to senior business analyst to whom I report daily. He said to pause the work on it and focus on other items to avoid backlogs of other items and said he will look into it.
Now after 2 weeks when I completed the other items assigned to me my senior business analyst asked for a meeting in which he was trying to explain some half baked approach to the problem I was facing earlier. After discussion he also agreed that he didn't had the complete idea on how to proceed with this. So usually what happens if senior BA is also not able to solve the problem we go to manager who then asks us to consult with business architect or senior folks within the team.
Now problem as an associate BA I face is I feel guilty for wasting two weeks working on requirements which was not in my expertise. I also feel my senior BA whom I report daily makes me feel I am incompetent by saying things like "If you think you are only going to work on one feature at a time then we need to take this up with manager" meaning he expects me to finish work anyhow even though he is not able to do. I feel intimidated by his approach towards to me. I feel senior is not able to assist me and also not asking me to take help from business architect directly.
And this is not one off thing. Usually I get assigned such requirements one every month or two. I am looking for new job but not able to find therefore stuck, also this company has 90 days notice period so it is not making easy for other companies to hire me.