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Often I am approached by companies who want to develop a relationship with the university so they can gain access to our SAP graduates.  These approaches have increased in recent times as companies are suffering from skilled resources being poached by other companies.  The motivation is that if the companies can develop a relationship with graduates then they may stay with a company rather than being poached by others.

The companies often suggest Graduate Programs.  I ask whether they have a Graduate Program and if not how would they like it to work.   I don’t mind advertising job vacancies to students but a Graduate Program is more than employing a graduate. 

I would like to collect different models for graduate programs so these can be shared with companies to help them develop a meaningful experience for students while at the same time benefiting from the student’s skills.  I will collate these models and develop a document which be made available via the SAP user groups.

So please post about some of the different Graduate Program models you have been involved in. 

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  1. Otto Gold
    Hello,
    I would be interested in the document. I was “young” not that long ago and could add a point here or there as an “average graduate with average problems”.
    But of course only in case you would see a value in such activity.
    Have a nice day and say hello to all the people in Vegas:))
    All the best, Otto
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  2. Tammy Powlas
    Paul – it was great to finally meet you in person and welcome as a SAP Mentor.  I am not aware of any specific graduate program, but I will speak of my experience.

    I received my master’s degree at George Washington University in Information Management Systems.  This graduate degree was from the School of Business.  I opted not go to for my masters in business administration as I already had an undergraduate accounting degree.

    I took 30 hours of courses in object oriented programming, operating systems, database analysis, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and the capstone course was a real-life project.   We worked on a prototype with the District of Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission and on the last night of my course we had to present it to a team of professors.

    I liked the format of formal education but ending the program with a real-life project.  To me, that is the heart of a great graduate program – not necessarily reading about case studies, but doing an actual project.

    I hope this helps.
    Tammy

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  3. Sambhaji Chawale, PMP
    Hi Paul,
    I think the SAP Business Processes Overview across the Enterprise Application including the area of Supply Chain Management, Operations, Financial Management and Human Resources could be used as a starting point for these students seeking employment in the field of SAP Consulting or seeking employment as Management Trainee where SAP is used as an ERP.

    Specifically if students go through the Industry Business Scenarios like “Order to Cash- OTC”, “Request to Pay – RTP”, “Invest to Divest- ITD”, “Record to Report – RTR” within SAP it gives more insights of the SAP Application Strength and helps them to build interest.

    We have conducted many sessions like this for corporates and I am confident that this helps a lot.

    Warm regards,
    Sam

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