Most of the experienced professionals who shift their career to SAP with domain experience in their own line of industry are invited by the corporate HR with a ubiquitous message – “your previous experience is not considered, you are a fresher and would be offered a fresher salary”. I can understand that policy to some extent but companies keep forgetting that someone with experience in IT industry with another technology (say Microsoft Technologies) can work as a pro and need not- must not be considered as a fresher to work with SAP Technologies.
I had about 13 years of IT industry experience at the time I shifted to SAP, about 2 years ago in 2010, when I was one of the thousands of employees layed-off by erstwhile Satyam Computers in India. I wanted to give my career a boost with a technology that is clearly a market leader and that has opportunities to sync with my educational background – given that I do not come from computer sciences educational background (possess master’s degree in Civil Engineering). In my 13 year stint, I worked as a Programmer, Project Lead and PMO Analyst in various companies in India and abroad.
My experience, after investing hugely in the authorized training in Siemens and post successful certification (in SAP PS module), has been that of a derogatory combat. Albeit I am able to survive, the ubiquitous absurd practice of disregarding the previous IT experience, by working as a Freelance Trainer & Consultant. I have to agree it’s not been as smooth ride as it should be.
I recently came across the linked-in profile of one of the fellow training mate in Siemens who had no experience in IT industry and also could not clear the certification exam. I was not much surprised to see that he has manipulated his profile with cooked-up experience in SAP and is now working as a Lead SAP consultant in a reputed organization. It’s a very unfortunate fact that the industry (SAP in particular) gives a better place for such professionals than someone who wants to play it fair and clean.