I want to share one thing, I was also one day in same situation where I was having Domain experience and SAP certification. But I did landed with a job in one of the MNC. There are some time when there are opening for freshers too. You just keep trying FICO is ever demanding module.
One more thinh please try getting job as end users in any company where SAP is implemented. It will give you some more points at time of interview and atleast you will be intouch with SAP screen.
SAP has opportunites all over the place.
You just need to keep your eyes open.
Three big mistakes that freshers make are -
1. Taking the interviews lightly like any other job interview - Do remember that if you fare badly in your interview there are other 1000 takers for that job unlike other jobs. So be geared up with your basics. Read your training material and as many threads on the FI / CO Forums on SDN.
2. Moolah factor - DO NOT consider a "pay package" as one of your criteria when looking for an entry into SAP Consultancy. Or even SAP end user role, as Anand mentioned above. I am a strong believer of "free work", as you get to learn a lot on such a job and grow in the right direction, without manipulation from your "employer".
3. Not Applying for "experienced" jobs - You are not going to be sued or punished for applying to a job which requires blah-blah years of experience. So PLEASE apply for ALL FI/CO jobs that come your way and take as many interview experiences as you can- - personal, telephone, etc. Don't think that you are a fresher when it comes to applications.
I corrected all of these mistakes immediately after my certification. I went through more than 30 FICO groups on Facebook and LinkedIn and connected with unknown but knowledgeable FICO people on LinkedIn and kept asking them questions about interviews, openings, and their experiences as freshers. I worked for a Pharma company as an SAP end user for free for 3 months and gave more than 20 interviews from various SAP consulting companies during that period. My end user experiences became good stories to share during the interviews. Now I am well placed in SAP with just 6 months into it and connected to a pool of talent on and off SDN. And lastly, I did not have any domain experience. I was a "complete" fresher.
So all the best with your career!! Keep your eyes open.
This is indeed an eternal question. Many have addressed it. Here are some blogs you may find helpful. The advice you have received is solid and very much in line with the Advice for Recent College Graduates blog.
I've gathered up a few blogs which might help:
A blog series for folks trying to learn SAP when they don't have an SAP job already
Hope this helps!
All that is required is a little legwork and an adjustment in your expectations.
In general, SAP configuration is not considered an entry level position. Yes, many folks are recruited to do SAP config work right out of college. Some get recruited out of undergrad, but it is far more typical for companies to recruit out of an MBA program. The key word in that sentence is recruited. Companies do not give those opportunities to the general population. They hand pick the cream of the educational crop. Assuming you've already graduated, that window has pretty much closed unless you are willing/able to do something extreme like work for free for 3 months as Zubin did. He was obviously ambitious and aggressive (and I applaud those qualities in him) in his search as finding a company willing to bring you on for free is an extremely rare event outside of a formal internship program. You can look for internships, but those are mostly open to folks who are still in school.
Read the following blogs to get a feel for the pathways open to you at this point
Hope this helps!
I am struggling to get a break in SAP FICO although I got one in one company, however I was on bench for 6 months and due to unavailability of projects I had to quit. Hence again I am sitting idle to get a job in SAP FICO. Can anybody help me with information on openings in SAP for 6 months or fresher.
Millions of thanks.
hi Vijay ,
I would like to add that only SAP Certification will not fetch you a job , it is really diffcult .
My friend is a SAP Certified FI/CO Consultant , worked six months on a support project .
But he is still searching for a full time opening in SAP FI/CO .
so to be placed as a Fresher is tough and there are quite a few guys waiting in line .
best of Luck .
do not think that there is few guys waiting in the line. i guess so... min 3 years required for sap jobs. even client will not allow the fresher in his project. so companies also prefer experience candidates. that's the reason fresher will not get a sap job in india. it take so much of time. search your self fresher sap jobs. we can not get calls from any consultancy. i'm also fresher. i know little bit.
What is the first step you took after clearing your certification. I cleared last november 2012. Calls do come in, but they prefer atleast one implementation experience. I sometime wonder, how people even became FI consultant with 10years of experience, and how they started. How and when it starts become a big question for me sometimes..