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I remember when I was about to graduate from college, I (along with my friends and classmates) was pretty anxious about kicking off my career.  Luckily for me, I had an internship during my senior year that helped me secure my first “real” job. That was back in the late nineties.  Since then a lot has changed in the IT industry, no doubt, but students still ask themselves the same questions: 

 

How do I prepare myself for my first job and how do I find it?   

 

Last week I had an opportunity to speak with Ron Pike, a professor at California State University, Chico who teaches business process integration.  Chico has been participating in the SAP University Alliances Community for quite some time and offers SAP related classes as part of its undergraduate curriculum.  Some students take between three to five SAP classes during their studies.  Recently, the students at Chico have also started using the Career Center on SCN to post resumes and look for jobs.  And they have been successful on multiple occasions!  Here is what professor Pike had to say:

 

“An SAP curriculum in the classroom is particularly important because it opens new opportunities for students when they graduate. And the University Alliances Community and the SCN Career Center enable new SAP trained graduates to reach employers and identify job opportunities.  Several of my students have recently secured challenging positions by connecting with employers through the career center.” 

 

Ron Pike Ph.D.

Lecturer, Management Information Systems

California State University, Chico

 

There is a lot of excitement at Chico about the Career Center and UAC.  Students are being hired for interesting positions and they can hit the ground running because of their SAP classroom training.  If you are a student and are interested in a career focused on SAP technologies:

 

  • Try to gain as much exposure to SAP as you can in the classroom. Gaining SAP knowledge in the classroom will likely give you a competitive edge when it’s time to interview for jobs. The more you know, the more valuable of a resource you will be! If your university does not offer SAP classes yet, speak up and make a request to enhance the curriculum.
  • Apply for internships to gain some professional experience. Internships are also a great way to “test the waters” and find out what you are most interested in.
  • Use the Career Center on SCN. It’s free of charge and it gives you exposure to some of SAP’s largest partners and customers in the world, for full time positions and internships.
  • Leverage other resources that SAP makes available to you! There is a lot of helpful information posted on UAC and free educational resources throughout SCN, including elearning.
  • Start participating on SCN and contribute. We were all newbies at one point. Don’t be shy. 🙂

 

If you are a SAP partner or customer, make sure to leverage the Career Center to find resources, including entry level talent.  We know it’s often a challenge.  SAP wants to make this effort easier, and we are offering the Career Center free of charge on SCN. Make sure to take advantage of this valuable resource today!

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  1. Kenneth Schieffer
    Thanks for mentioning the University Alliances program in your blog.  I manage the NA Certification Program for SAP Education and would like everyone to know that we offer similar courseware to our valued customers, partners, and independents.  The course is called TERP10 (Business Process Integration) and can be taught through our virtual classroom (as TERP10), through our eAcademy (as TERP1e), or through online learning (as TERPe).  All three delivery options prepare you for the C_TERP10_60 certification exam.

    If you need more information, I can be reached anytime at kenneth.schieffer@sap.com or through my LinkedIn Education@SAP group (http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=1856570).

    Thank you and warm regards,
    Ken

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    1. Claudine Lagerholm Post author
      Hi Ken,
      Yes, the TERP10 certification is very valuable and highly regarded in the industry.  We’ll make sure to have some info about it in the Career Center going forward. Thanks for bringing this up. 
      Claudine
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      1. Kenneth Schieffer
        Thanks Claudine.  I am in the process of writing a blog about the Business Process Integration experience and plan to post it in the SAP Education weblog zone.

        Regards,
        Ken

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  2. Nathan Genez
    Can you be more specific?  What kind of jobs are they getting?  Are these accountants that are working as business analysts once they are hired?  Or HR majors?  CS Majors that turn into BASIS Admins?  Or are they being recruited by the Big4 for consulting opportunities?

    I’m also curious if SAP itself is interested in hiring any of these folks.

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    1. Claudine Lagerholm Post author
      Hi Nathan,
      The students at Chico were all computer science majors who had several SAP courses that helped to kick off their careers. They got jobs that were technical, mostly in procurement (like BASIS admin, for example).
      The SCN Career Center also includes non technical jobs.  It just depends what employers post at a given time. The SCN Career Center is for SAP’s partners, customers, vendors, etc.  It is not for SAP’s internal hiring. If you are interested in positions at SAP, please visit the job postings on sap.com.  Best,
      Claudine
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  3. Anurag Chopra
    Hello Claudine,

    Congratulations !!!

    I believe SDN offers great platform for people to showcase their skills and I could clearly see great value for our partners as they would surely save time and money by engaging in career center.

    Regards
    Anurag Chopra

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  4. Jim Welch
    I graduated from CSU Chico in June of 2001, which was amidst the Internet bubble burst.  Many companies were implementing hiring freezes, and I had many fellow grads lose job offers, and jobs, due to this.  However, due to my hands-on experience with SAP through the program at CSU Chico, I was able to land a job at HP as an SAP BASIS administrator with relative ease. 

    In a time when many IT positions were feeling the proverbial “pinch”, the SAP hiring market seemed rather unaffected.

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    1. Claudine Lagerholm Post author
      Thanks for sharing your story, Jim! It’s great to see that you were able to secure a job at HP  during the ’01 IT crash. I hope your experience is encouraging to new grads in this downturn cycle. Our University Alliances team continues to work very closely with Chico.  Best of luck to you in the future!
      Claudine
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  5. Adityaz Febriandri
    Hello ,…

    I’m a student from Universitas Islam Indonesia (member of SAP UA) and i have passed SAP Terp10 certification exam.
    I’ll get my graduation on Nov 2010 and as i new in SAP i really need to know where can i find any opening for an internship program?

    I really appreciates your respons

    Regards …

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