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I am just a commerce graduate (15 years of education); I could not get through my post graduation due to some of my personal reasons & problems.

I started my career as an accountant and 16 years down the line I was working as an Accounts Manager in a company.

I was directly reporting to MD & Chairman of the company and there were 8 colleagues who were reporting to me.


I was enjoying very good respect, power, conveyance, freedom over and above a satisfactory pay package.

My life was going very smooth and I was very happy.

Day by day slowly & gradually recession serpents started swallowing my happy moments one by one.

Staff strength was reduced in the company by imposing more burdens on existing employees. Almost all extra benefits and freedom was withdrawn by the company. More qualified personal were available in the market that was ready to work for less money and it increased job insecurity also. Work pressure along with job insecurity started increasing day by day.

I started looking into improvement of my own education & qualification for survival in the market. It was very difficult for me to pass post graduation now as it has more than 15 years passed I dropped my studies.

With the guidance of my seniors & well wishers I selected field of ERP for further studies. And with the help of market research I decided to be a SAP ERP consultant.

I approached SAP Education partners, I consulted councilors, in view of my CV I was advised to opt for FI module and I was given JOB assurance also. Passing percentage in this exam as per past records was between 30 & 50. I did not want to take any chance; as a result with all the planning & calculations I resigned from my existing JOB, I spent full time and handsome amount of money for getting through the exam. I succeed exam in my first attempt and became a Certified SAP-FI Consultant.

It took around four months time and handsome amount of money on top of loss of earning during this period. But I was feeling some relief from the pressure through which I passed since last four months as now it was time to recover all those cost.

I was very happy. Again I started dreaming respect, power, conveyance, freedom, good pay package as before or may be more than that as over and above 18 years of domain experience I am a SAP Certified consultant NOW.

Next day morning I updated my resume and mailed it to the SAP education partner who had given me JOB assurance. In reply I was told that “We are forwarding your resume to companies, you may get interview calls but at the same time even you keep searching Job from your personal resources”

It is more than 3 months are passed post certification (and 7 months passed resigning my previous job), In spite of following up with SAP education partners for N number of times, there was not even a single interview call.

I got the message that the SAP education partners are stepping back from their word & I started exploring new opportunities at my own. All the JOB portals were flooded with Job opportunities for experienced candidates. Domain experience and end-user experience was not given any weight age. Those candidates were considered as fresher in this field. And surprisingly there was not even single opening for fresher.

One day I received a mail offering me working on SAP live project, please find it below

 


We are pleased to inform you that your profile fulfills the desired minimum Eligibility Criteria and hence has been short-listed to be a part in our On-Going SAP R/3 Live Implementation Projects on Client-Site.

We are looking out for Jr. SAP Consultants with Good Knowledge of respective Domain and relevant SAP Module, Good Grasping Power, Ready to relocate anywhere in India or Abroad.

These candidates will placed in our Client Team involved in Live SAP Implementation Projects in our company. This is an Opportunity for all those Candidates who wish to make their career in ERP-SAP Industry, need a proper break in Live SAP Implementation Projects, and have the ability to handle SAP Projects.


For first life cycle you have to pay Rs 55 thousand. You work under our senior team.

Company will be providing all the documents related to HR. You will not remain a Fresher, but a Genuine Experienced SAP Consultant after the completion of the Project, with all the necessary Documentation.

 


 

One another day I received an Interview call, I appeared for interview, I got selected, I was offered not even 33% of salary which I was getting previously. I accepted it as each day passes without JOB was giving more and more pressure. I just had to finish all recruitment procedure. Surprisingly I was asked to sign a 3 years bond with a bank guarantee equivalent to 18 months salary. And to avail bank guarantee it was required creating bank FD equivalent to 20 months salary.

Ooppssss!!!!!!

It broke all my confidence & back-bone. I was almost on my knees for survival.

I decided to give up and go back to Domain, I inquired with my previous employer for job again but obvious the position was filled and there was no vacancy.

Finally I got a JOB as a shadow consultant SAP-FI with almost 25% of pay than that of what I was getting (and that too on irregular basis some time late and sometime 2 month salary together). On the top I was used as an extra personal for replacement in case of absenteeism and leave of senior consultants.

Like wise I did 2 projects but in both the projects I was not given sufficient authorization on system even to surf through the configurations. Many times I was not even given sufficient infrastructure. I was not given any guidance; no seniors were willing to share their knowledge. I was just killing golden time of my life without any assignments.

Today after completion of almost 2 years from resigning my previous JOB and I have no option but to keep on censuring & scolding my fate.

With the grace of GOD, blessings of well wishers, on the basis of certification knowledge, my domain experience and with the help of some of my colleagues and many knowledge sharing forums, Blogs and Sites etc. I started understanding a little bit of SAP. I am confident of doing wonders if I get an opportunity and of course a mentor.

Looking forward to gain back the same happy moments in my life…..

My advice to my juniors…

DON’Ts

  • Don’t ever resign from your existing job for studies. Today the world is very competitive so train your self to sail on multiple boats simultaneously.
  • Don’t relay on any third parties job assurance.
  • Don’t sign any long term bond without studying it properly and knowing all the paratroops.
  • Don’t enter into the field heaving rozy picture in your mind.
  • Don’t take hasty decision as there are all the chances of all your calculations and planning go fail.
  • Don’t dive or dip into your investments nor into borrowings for investing into further studies your current earnings should be the source of investment into it.

DOs

  • Do dream but always with open eyes.
  • Do further studies or develop your self only with your current earnings.
  • Do keep 51% reserve for your fate and do your best for rest of 49% as even after putting your best efforts there is no assurance of success as your luck always runs faster than you.
  • Do study ground level reality, possibilities & probabilities before entering into the field.
  • Do keep patience & persevere towards the goal once you enter into this field.
  • Do hold your mentors hand. This field is like an ocean, it is impossible to sail across without a Ship (Mentor).
  • Do keep on passing your knowledge. As no one on this earth has born with knowledge. Every one has gained knowledge from others in one or the other way. Therefore it becomes your duty / responsibility to pass it to your next generation.

As my journey is not yet finished, I request advice, guidance, direction, counsel from my seniors.

And appeal to juniors to learn a lesson.

Suggestion and comments on the blog are most welcome.

Regards

Chirag

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  1. Priya Gupta

    As you have mentioned Unauthorized Training Center giving training to Candidates How about a realtime consultant giving training to candidates for a money Is that is not fair If that is the case nobody can learn SAP.  You got 15 years of experience You should  look for a Managerial Role that suits to you You stepped in to wrong direction that is making you to think in different way.

    SAP Consultants requires lot of knowledge and experience . Its not about fake and unauthorized All that requires knowledge and experience.

    Interestingly you said dummy project Dummy project is to get understanding of basics of the project but not complete project

    If you really want a job as a sap consultant you have to look for a fresher job in sap companies  Opportunities wont come to us we have to grab opportunities.

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  2. Rajesh Chary

    Hi Chirag,

    while reading ur blog it made my eyes wet & heart heavy. it is very blog for freshers with Do’s & Don’ts.


    Thanks for sharing


    Regards


    Rajesh Chary

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  3. Suseelan Hari

    Hi Chirag,

    Good Day!

    Hooray For You! 😎

    This blog definitely touch each and everyone in SCN. Thanks for explaining about Do’s and Dont’s. This blog is another eye opener for freshers as well as for experience people. Keep up the good work. Once again Thank you so much for sharing about you and your experience. Keep up the good work! Waiting to see this type of blogs soon. Also you deserve a Hug!

    All the best.

    Have a nice day!

    Regards,

    Hari Suseelan

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  4. VINAY REDDY

    Hi chirag,

    really well presented u r experiences,

    it’s an eye opener for those who want shift their careers.

    i am sure u will bounce back with flying colors in the coming days…

    thanks a lot for u r valuable suggestions…

    regards

    vinay reddy…

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  5. Alok Gaikwad

    Thanks Chirag for sharing your heart touching experience.

    This Blog is very useful for juniors like me who are thinking to enter into SAP world but confused about what to do?

    There was a time where I am also thinking the same like quitting the job and continue SAP education but thanks to some people who help me to understand the fact and expectation of SAP employer.

    I am currently pursuing my SAP SD certification without quitting current job.

    Its long way to go for me so hoping best wishes and help from SCN & its member.

    Thanks,

    Alok

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    1. Priya Gupta

      Yes Alok what you did was right?

      People quit job and do SAP without even knowing what is SAP all about?

      They quit their present job just to earn more money but that is not right…

      They enter in  SAP without even knowing  the abbreviation, without even knowing the market, without even knowing the importance.

      I would request to know the flavour  of SAP before you try for a job.

      Anil Ambani and Mukesh Ambani turned to millionaire by selling clothes it doesn’t mean that whoever sells clothes will become rich.    In the same way whoever do sap doesnt become a rich sap consultant

      To become extraordinary person you need to become an extraordinary in activities whether it is sap or any other field

      Never ever think that SAP will give you a job it will give you a good career .



      The same implies to chirag

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  6. Jabbar P

    Hai

    Your blog really give the actual real world picture for all new comer to SAP with certification in India. I am one like you and trying many months for an entry into SAP with certification

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  7. Priya Gupta

    Hi Chirag,

    Please answer to my question what made you to quit present job and tried for a SAP Job? Is it because of more Money???

    Everybody needs money it doesnt mean that Money is everything.

    You mentioned that More qualified people are available in the market they are ready to work less what you said was not right People who got more experience they wont be ready to work for less money I dont know why do you bother much about them. More freshers are available who are ready to work for less money You got 18 years of experience and you are comparing with people who are ready to work less. It mean that Are you good enough to work in your company??

    Dont ever take guidance from seniors  or outsiders They say what they know what they like and at the sametime you should be knowing what is important for you and in what way it is going to get benefit

    Now people are saying in  SAP we can earn more money but it is not true …

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    1. Chirag Shah Post author

      Hey Priya,

      Sorry, somehow I skipped your comments on the post to reply.

      First thing first, thanks for your comments on the blog.

      Your points “not to approach seniors or outsiders” are very well taken with thanks.

      In reply to your question, i would say There were many factors who made me to quit from my Job, as I have mentioned in blog, and those were recession, pressure by employer, insecurity, competition, passion and apatite for growth etc.

      Further as I said with all planning and calculation I took this step, I termed it as a “Planned and Calculated Risk” but unfortunately all my planning and calculation failed.

      In continuation to your statement “Now people are saying in  SAP we can earn more money but it is not true …” I invite you to visit my new blog

      ERP Consultancy (SAP Certification) – Transformation from Introduction Phase to Mature Phase (Part – 1)

      Please read all the three parts of the blog. (especially 2nd part)

      I will be waiting for your comments on the blog.

      Thanks once again.

      Regards

      Chirag Shah

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  8. S J

    Hi Chirag,

    What’s your current job status? Employed or Unemployed ?

    Please let me know.

    Thanks

    Regards,

    Sam

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    1. Chirag Shah Post author

      Hi Sam,

      I diverted back to domain and dropped SAP career.

      With the grace of GOD i am employed today.

      Thanks to SAP for a great experience in life.

      Regards

      Chirag

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      1. Priya Gupta

        Good

        Never ever step in to wrong when you dont know Just doing certification will not get a job nor you you get more money.

        when you dont play a game with SAP You are out

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        1. Chirag Shah Post author

          Thanks Priya for advice your good wishes,

          I wish I would have sense to know before hand that what is good and what is not.

          Further

          I wish I could have scope to play game, I would have love to play.

          Unfortunately every day is not Sunday and every one is not Priya Gupta. 😉

          and Fortunately I am out. 🙂


          Thank God.

          Thank you once again.

          Regards

          Chirag Shah

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          1. Priya Gupta

            One who got 15 years of experience shouldn’t step in to sap career to do configurations They should rather shift to Management Level to play a a role as Manager.

            You are more experienced

            Many are doing certification to get a break in SAP but its not true

            In SAP You will find Consultants  in 3 Categories

            1st category  Who dont know sap but still survive in market

            2nd Category one who know everything will survive in market

            3rd Category on who something still survive in the market

            90% of consultants are in 3rd category  8 % of them are in 2nd Category and 2% are in 1st Category.

            You are not among categories

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  9. Rahul Badve

    Hi Chirag,

    This is Rahul Badve from Pune.I recently read your blog and found it very interesting to read as you have shared your experiences in SAP world. Its really worth reading.


    I am fresher in SAP world. Recently I successfully completed SAP certification in PP module with 84% marks in 2015 after much hardships. After All there is no free lunch in this world. IOne has to lead his.her own path.

    I am working as Sr.Consultant in an Industrial Engineering Consultancy firm from last 14 years field primarily focused on work measurement by scientific study. Its an productivity improvement tool.

    One of my close friend suggested me to go for SAP and get certified in relevant module. So I decided to go for it The next hurdle was to pay the enormous fees which I some how managed to gather and done OLT course of 5 months.

    The day came of getting enrolled for exam to which I did and passed the certification.

    My institute had contacted me regarding job offers in SAP PP module. Unfortunately I couldn’t able to attend the interview due to contingency in my current workload.

    Your suggestions are really helpful to all of us. Thanks for sharing the same.

    Now I am looking forward to the road of SAP world. I know it won’t be an easy road but have to go through..

    Thanks once again.

    Regards,

    Rahul

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  10. Dhaval Mistry

    Dear Chirag,

    Thanks for sharing your SAP journey with us…which is very helpful for me…

    I am working on SAP from last  6 yrs as an end user & supporting to project…now i m pursuing SAP FI module certification course from SAP partner (ATOS) for become consultant.

    wish me good luck!

    Regards & thanks,

    Dhaval Mistry

    9833509501

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    1. Chirag Shah Post author

      Hi Dhaval,

      Thanks for your comments on the blog.

      Wish you all the success in your career.

      I understand that major students doesn’t even know the role of an ERP consultant before they pursue certification. As a result they don’t gain out of course what actually they need to gain.

      Please read my given below blog (All three parts) and I am sure it will widen your vision as an ERP consultant.

      ERP Consultancy (SAP Certification) – Transformation from Introduction Phase to Mature Phase (Part – 1)

      Once again wish you Luck.

      Regards

      Chirag

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  11. RAHUL GIRDHAR

    Thank you for sharing your story, Sir !! It’s really heart breaking, when a family guy like you, loses faith in his own, because of any institution’s mistakes or frauds. I would just suggest you that, please don’t lose hope. You need to work in this field. This is really really exciting. Please, see it as a way to Excellence in a “Techno-Finance” field. Don’t just look at this as a way to earn or any job assurance. Research further, Try harder, Do further Courses (But only along with an ongoing Job), and then I am sure, you will get success sooner or later..

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    1. Chirag Shah Post author

      Hi Rahul,

      Thanks for all your wishes and advice.

      I am very much on the same career path of “Techno-Finance” field, keeping my finger crossed.

      Regards

      Chirag

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  12. Janan Mehmet

    This is pitfall for many people….thinking that certification will guarantee their dream job….

    This is simply not true.

    I have been working as SAP portal consultant for the past 7 years, and i did my certification in SAP Netweaver Portal mainly to add value to my CV. It has been almost 6 months now, since i completed my certification, but i havent had many job offers coming my way. I am not in any way dissapointed, because it was not my expectation to land a very high paying job just because i am a certified consultant.

    There are many experienced portal consultants who are willing to relocate to anywhere and willing to work for less….its a very fiercely competitive market out there…..

    Keep faith in god and yourself and keep persevering towards your future….

    Wishing you best of luck for future.

    Regards,

    J

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  13. Bhavin Patel

    Hi Chirag,

    I am very late to review your blog.

    Any way what is your status post 4 years this blog ?

    Every one has to pass through rough phase in their life.

    Any way, wish you all the best.

    Regards

    BP

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