How to Break into SAP as a Functional Consultant – Part II
Continuing from my How to Break into SAP as a Functional Consultant – Part I, I want to focus on the ingredients of winning combination.
Strengths: Pick your Pie. To illustrate, if you were working as Accountant your logical choice should be Financial Accounting. If you pick up CRM instead, you will not be able to justify the business experience demands. The product should be picked not because people nominate it as ‘hot’ but based on your domain experience.
Commitment: Your commitment starts with Training. A formal training is must, possibly from SAP Academy. Formal training may lead to Certification. Certification alone does not guarantee jobs but surely helps draw attention of Hiring Managers. You will also need financial backup for Training, Certification and covering the struggle-period tension free.
Experience: SDN, Help.sap, and an existing trustworthy Consultant (of same domain) are three resources which will help you sail through technical problems reasonably well. Make sure you grow the habit of ‘Do it yourself’ to increase your experience and confidence.
Opportunities: You need little luck for opportunity to knock your doors, and to avoid missing the train put hard work in your bag. Imagine if your company is planning to implement SAP, you should not miss an opportunity to be a Core User or at least End User. It is a time when you can see and observe SAP more closely. Grow your love for SAP such that you will win over. Remember, if nothing works you can still return being proud of your sincere attempt. Plan your return in a firm already running SAP, and one day your love for SAP will do wonders in your career.
Finally, beyond ERP there is the whole new suite of BusinessObjects offering which need Functional Consultants. Who knows you are made for BusinessObjects? Never forget to check what’s new!