Ideally I think I would do this as a poll, but since I'm new to SCN blogging, this will have to do. This post is intended to capture information in it's most compressed form. I have another post for collecting stories. Please check that one out as well!
In this post I'm looking for your abbreviated path to SAP.
Bachelor's --> Master's --> Entry Level Job ( 2 years) --> Entry Level SAP job ( 2 years) --> SAP Support Job (2 years, started 2010) --> Trained by company --> SAP Certification --> Hired! (2012) --> SAP Consultant
Other path examples
Bachelor's --> Entry Level Job (4 years) --> Entry Level SAP job (3 years) --> SAP Support Job (2 years, started 2010) --> Trained by company --> SAP Certification --> Hired! (2012) --> SAP Consultant
Bachelor's --> Master's --> Entry Level Job ( 2 years) --> Earned CPA --> Entry Level SAP job ( 4 years) --> SAP Support Job (1 years, started 2010) --> Paid for my own training nights/weekends --> SAP Certification --> Hired! (2012) --> SAP Consultant
Entry Level Job ( 4 years) --> Various jobs with same company increasing responsibility (16 years) --> SME on SAP project initial install (2 years, started 2008) --> SAP Support Job (2 years, started 2010) --> Trained by company --> not SAP Certified
Bachelor's --> Master's --> Entry Level Job (4 years) --> Hired! (1998) --> Junior SAP Consultant --> SAP Certification (1999,2004,2010)
What was your path?
Don't forget to tell your story in detail if you like!
Great idea and mine is Bachelor (Major in Marketing) ->Grocery Business (7 years) ->SAP Consulting (14 years)
Wasn't sure how to put it but I took 5 weeks of SAP training and got certified as soon as I joined the SAP Consulting company in 1998.
All in all it is pretty obvious I took a non-standard way to SAP (ie Marketing/Grocery)
Bachelor's Animal Science - Pre-vet(1980)-->various laboratory jobs as research tech 6 yrs-->Systems Analyst, Lab automation and Robotics, 5 yrs--> Senior Analyst, Trained while here by company for new SAP system as the IT QM analyst lead, 5 yrs -->independent consultant,1996-present, 16 yrs.
Kudos to you Pradeep! The saddest phrase I've ever read (and I read it far too often) is: I just graduated college... now what? The secret that many kids in college don't know is that the time to start your job search is long before you've graduated. Most campuses put a lot of effort into getting companies on campus to recruit and far too few undergraduates take advantage of the opportunity. It reflects very well on you that you did. I predict a bright future!
I'm curious, though, did you do any IT work as an undergraduate? Did you work on campus in one of the computer labs or anything? -td
I actually worked in the grocery business from when I was 16 until 28 in virtually every role and department (ie produce, meat, bakery) though I counted the 7 years above after I graduated from University when I went through a 2 year management trainee program and worked my way up to managing over 100 people and a large grocery store. After a few years I moved on to the corporate office in a variety of roles before getting a timely introduction by a friend and jumping to a SAP consulting company (without any real computer or HR experience). It was a lucky break that wouldnt happen today but in 1998 in SAP HCM/Payroll there was a lot of opportunity. My background has given me a unique perspective and I think help me relate better to customers. Having another a career before SAP has also helped me appreciate what a great job SAP is and it is something many that started right out of college dont fully understand.
So a little more to the story and the grocery business still has a fond place in my heart as I love doing all the family shopping :-)