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
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
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
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?).
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.
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
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
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...
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!
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 )
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.