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  • 30. Re: How did you get your start in SAP?
    Thomas Dulaney
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    I appreciate you taking the time to contribute! I am definitely seeing a lot of support for the argument that the best time to look for a job is BEFORE you graduate. We have had a few folks respond to this thread that they got the entre into their post graduate job either through an internship or by working at the company to support their way through school, as you did. This is very valuable information for folks still in college today. Thank you again! -td

  • 31. Re: How did you get your start in SAP?
    Thomas Dulaney
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    Marssel,

      How did you spend your time in the Army? Were you able to use your administration background? IS that what lead you to the SAP FI/CO Academy? I would love to hear a bit more about that junction!

    Best regards,

      --Tom

  • 32. Re: How did you get your start in SAP?
    Thomas Dulaney
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    I'm starting to see a consensus building around one area. While CPA may not be strictly required to be an SAP FI consultant, it certainly seems to help. I see questions from MBA students reasonably frequently about what their next step should be. I've generally recommended that those heading towards FI concentrate on CPA or related certifications before they get fixated on SAP. I'm interested on your take on this question. Your story (and a few others on this thread) seems to support that approach. It will be so nice to have this thread as an example to provide in the future. Thanks for contributing! -td

  • 33. Re: How did you get your start in SAP?
    Thomas Dulaney
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    Your story reminds me a blog I'm researching about career paths. I'm a big believer in PMP certification for SAP Project Managers and the whole career path of Project Management for senior SAP consultants looking for new challenges. Thanks for your post! -td

  • 34. Re: How did you get your start in SAP?
    Thomas Dulaney
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    You'll get there. You definitely have worked up your experience and have a lot to offer! I would recommend trying to get a non-SAP job at a company that runs SAP doing data warehousing or something that leverages your current skills. You have the initiative and drive that will get you into the SAP support group once you're in the door. There is not much advantage to getting SAP certified prior to getting a job using SAP. The certification exams are optimally designed for folks with 1 to 2 years of hands on experience. You're definitely on your way though! Best of luck! -td

  • 35. Re: How did you get your start in SAP?
    Thomas Dulaney
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    Jagadish,

    What experience did you have leading up to your Bachelor's that made you attractive to the Campus recruiter, do you think? I think that information would be very interesting for students still working on their Bachelor's or Master's. Thanks for posting! -td

  • 36. Re: How did you get your start in SAP?
    Christopher Dlugosch
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    Hi Thomas,

    My career path is as follows:

    Bachelor (IT and business) at university of cooperative education and my company --> short (1/2 year) excursion into a SCM department --> then IT again and first contact with SAP as a Junior LE Consultant (3 years) --> 2008 till now Senior Consultant for automotive subsidiary.

    Since the beginning of my education with the same company and mainly inhouse training, unfortunately no SAP certification (yet?).

    Chris

  • 37. Re: How did you get your start in SAP?
    Tejash Bavishi
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    Thanks for the reply Thomas !!!

    I am currently working as DW and BI consultant, I have seen shifting to new tecnology within Company is not that easy as there are lot of layers in between and i think it also depends on the luck which can bring the opportunity but we have to be ready to take it, so i have started preparing on my own and trying to get projects with the company...hope fully it clicks soon.

    Thanks again for your reply.

  • 38. Re: How did you get your start in SAP?
    Tejash Bavishi
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    I agree with you Leon....getting to know the experiences from various people can definitely motivate people and it also make me belief that its never too late

    All the Best....

  • 39. Re: How did you get your start in SAP?
    Benedict Venmani
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    nice blog thomas!!! for a long time I was wondering how the biggest brains in SCN got started. Everybody has got an intersting story to tell....from groceries to colloge grads

    Myself,

    Bachelors(Physics) -> Masters(Computer Applications) -> Campus Recruited -> ABAP trained(did my final sem project in BI parallely) -> Failed my ABAP tests -> continued in BI -> BI Consultant 5yrs

     

    BenyV

  • 40. Re: How did you get your start in SAP?
    jagadish gudla
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    It was simple .. Good in general aptitude and communication skills .. Recuiter thought .. I can perform whereever he places in the company :-) ... After I joined the Organisation .. i got the training in SAP Basis .. Initially struggeled a bit to get to know SAP.. But after that I loved the work.. and exploration.. still so much to do :-)

    I feel for a techinical graduate . it would be good if he gets into Basis , ABAP or BI.. Once he/she is comfortable with these.. they can explore the functional part of it...

  • 41. Re: How did you get your start in SAP?
    Marssel Vilaça
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    Hello Thomas.

    I had operational and administrative activity in the Army. I was in charge of purchasing and storage of materials and food. I also have worked in the Financial sector. This role was helpful in consulting, but due considering only the public sector I faced difficulties at the start in SAP.

    The Financial and Accounting processes in practice were the challenge. I could fill this gap doing extra-curricular courses, considering I have a theoretical basis.

    I could say that the biggest challenge was left the beaches of Brazil to face the Amazon jungle and then move to a city of 20 million inhabitants such São Paulo. This is the SAP!

    Best wishes

  • 42. Re: How did you get your start in SAP?
    Luis Díaz
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    Hi Thomas

    While studying Bachelor's  i got an SAP Entry Level Job (1 year)  -> then i worked for a company that started an SAP Implementation  i did SAP Support  there( 1 year) 

    I got my major on Industrial engineering, learned ABAP while @ sap support

    After Bachelor ( ABAP programmer at a local company ( 2 years) -> ABAP Consultant at a consultancy firm( 2 years ) -> SAP manager at a local company ( 2 years )


  • 43. Re: How did you get your start in SAP?
    Gregory Misiorek
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    Hi Tom,

    CPA designation provides a model of business practice which in many respects can help one become an independent practitioner as there are many CPA's who work in all sizes of business organizations from PwC down to solo practitioners and every size in between. Big 4 (or 5 at the time) were instrumental in SAP's success in the corporate back office operations transformation. I don't consider it absolutely necessary to be a CPA to configure FI module but I have found that CPAs make some of the greatest business analysts around and add business perspective to sometimes too narrowly focused marketing or engineering folk. Think of the roots of Accenture and IBM's GBS.

    but this is just my personal biased opinion.

  • 44. Re: How did you get your start in SAP?
    Thomas Dulaney
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    Thank you but the credit goes to everyone who has told their story. I can't get enough! Thank you!

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