It was nice seeing the career path of different people.
I never imagined that I will ever work on SAP. My aim was something different. I did my Engineering in Information Technology, and started my own business. After a year, I felt the need of a post graduation degree, and so, I went ahead, appeared in competitive exam and joined an institute for MBA. I completed my dual degree in Finance and Marketing and was recruited in a company and started working on SEM suite. Later, the new EPM suite was introduced and I started working on that. And now, I am working on SAP, with SAP, for SAP.
Mine starts a bit different... I still remember getting an Atari 800XL for Xmas back in the early 80's, since then I became addicted.. I remember tweeking conventional and extended memory so I could run my games when I was a child. By the time I was 16 i had build networks, servers, worked with HP-UX and NT, funny enough when I got to University I choose Accounting.. but didn't took me long to realize my mistake. To help to push my career in IT I took a bunch of certs MCSE, MCSA, MCDBA, Comptia A+, did the Cisco Networking Academy and then a few years and IT jobs later joined SAP as an IT Administrator, got transfered and moved into SAP Basis about 9 years ago, today I still enjoy my PC games!!
After seeing all the above posts i feel that im very lucky to get into SAP domain early.
My Path is Bachelors Degree->campus recruitment->SAP BW
Infact Pradeep Kotikalapudi who commented above is my classmate in Engineering
Nice !dea Tom!!!
Even I'm lucky to get into SAP very early. Mine goes in this way
Bachelors Degree > BPO (6 months) > SAP BI Consultant (2+).
Infact Harish Babu who commented above is not my classmate but my colleague..
I stared my journey from Diploma in IT(2006)-> then teaching at Computer Center(6 month) ->next 6Month(teaching at school as computer teacher)-> join BE in IT(2007)-> during BE(i also give tuition to my juniors )->then campus recruitment(2010)-> database training by company->Sap-ABAP training by company->Sap-PI training by company->Sap-PI associate consultant.
BA degree in economics- Temping at various accounting jobs in the UK- worked at a company that just implemented SAP R/3, worked with travel & expenses,-SAP support- big break at Travel management project at Glaxosmithkine as a team lead and consultant- various consulting assignments-switched to logistics, over 13 years of SAP experience
Hi Thomas . You know, I ended here looking for more info. about moving from technical role to functional role, my path degree: computers engineering -> help desk analyst for 4 years (non SAP) -> abap programmer for other 5 years I got a certification in ABAP ( associate ) , however the technical area I think is not for me , my degree integrates several fields of electrical engineering and computer
science however I don't have any education in business , I´m planning study a master degree in Logistics, I had so contact with retail long time ago and I found supply chain management fascinating. great article by the way , cheers.
Mine is as follow:
School - > One year IT Intern (Non SAP) ---> Bsc Computer Science Degree --> One year Intern at Caterpillar IT (non SAP) --- > Back to uni for Final Year --> Graduate Job at a Retail based Company as a Analyst Programmer (Java, IBM iseries RPG) [ Company is now moving away from IBM AS400 to IS-Retail SAP) ===> I have now change job role to SAP Trading Analyst (two week ago) been to a SAP course called SAPTEC (more fundamental) , Now I am not sure exactly what I will be doing in future as we are in the implemention process atm but Probably development in ABAP..
That's great news Hadi! You are going to get to participate in an SAP implementation from the beginning and your company is confident enough in your abilities to provide training for you that will provide you with steady, gainful employment (not to mention intellectual and career growth) for the rest of your life! It sounds very exciting! Drink in this time and cherish it! You're going to have fond memories of this some day! -td
Be sure to investigate schools in your area that participate in the SAP University Alliance. If you're lucky, they'll use SAP during your MBA program to demonstrate the academic ideas you'll be learning. I agree with you, also, Supply Chain Management is fascinating. I love the intricate dance between suppliers and manufacturers in order to make sure parts arrive just in time, in the right numbers. Awesome!
Best regards, -td