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So, you’ve just finished your SAP certification program/graduated from school with a degree in IT/completed a course of study on the latest SAP skills. Congratulations! Now that your education is all finished, you might be wondering what you should do now. Other than finding a job, that is. Employment is critical, of course, but there are some other things you need to do as well.

Such as going back to school

If you’ve just finished up a grueling 4 year program or spent the last several years or months of your life cramming arcane knowledge into your brain about the latest topics in IT, this statement is probably one you don’t want to hear.

Unfortunately, it needs to be said: if you’re a day out of school, your knowledge is rapidly becoming obsolete, and you need to stem the flow by keeping up-to-date as much as possible.

Staying up-to-date in the field of IT is a little like bailing water out of a boat that’s sinking faster than you can save it. And the problem is, you often don’t realize that you needed to stay updated until it’s too late.

Even if you do manage to stay up-to-date, you may not always pick the right thing – after all, even if you narrow IT down into sub-categories, there is no way humanly possible to stay on top of everything in your field.

But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. For people who have chosen SAP, you’re very fortunate: there is a huge selection of training resources available for you to choose from, and a supportive community that can provide you with up and coming news and developments so you don’t have to miss anything.

Whether you’re maintaining a system, implementing SAP for new companies, or developing add-ons for it, you must be aware of all the moving parts in your industry if you want to succeed.

Very few systems and IT fields are as robust and long-lasting as SAP. For example, programming languages seem to go in and out of style almost as quickly as the latest clothing fashions, and computing power continues on its ever-upwards trend.

You may find your current skill set in demand right now – every IT job you come across may mention your specific talents – but that does not mean it will be the same case tomorrow, or next month.

You must dedicate time each week to staying current and learning new things. Even if it’s impossible to tell what the next trend will be, you must remain on the bleeding edge or else suffer the quick slide into obsolescence.

The downside:

You might guess wrong. It’s a risk people in IT take when they embark on this constantly shifting career path. But you still need to guess. If you aren’t ahead of the curve and ready to meet the next wave the field of IT has to offer, you risk losing your career altogether.

Aside from staying updated by following the latest blogs and publications in the SAP field, you should also think about things you can do to contribute to the bleeding edge. What can you offer that could make some kind of difference? What ideas do you have rolling around in your head that could benefit not just your company, but your industry?

If you harness your ability to think creatively and develop new ideas, not only will you be “on top of it” as things in your field progress, but you’ll become part of the group of trendsetters that forms the “bleeding edge.” If you manage to build that kind of momentum, remember to keep it going. Don’t rest on your laurels.

One example of how it can be a disaster to become complacent is none other than Motorola. This tech giant rolled out its infamous Razr cell phone back in 2004. At that time, virtually everyone seemed to have one. But as the years progressed, the product stayed the same – Motorola’s answer to everything seemed to become “more Razrs”. Eventually, the price plummeted so much that they took heavy losses and discontinued the phone for a time.

Motorola failed to stay up-to-date on what consumers wanted: feature-rich cell phones with touch screens and 3G connections. Where they left off, the iPhone seemed to pick up, and Motorola hasn’t regained its market share since then. Can you think of another company following this trend?

In the same way, you need to keep your ear to the ground about what future employers will want. Even though you have that new diploma, degree, or certification, be careful not to let it collect too much dust before you supplement it with constant attention to growth and innovation.

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  1. Kumar S

    Mixon

    Started with ‘Congratulations! Now that your education is all finished’ and then proceeded with the IT career problems like you might have seen many black shades in industry.

    Hope a bit of take care marked well.

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  2. Andy Silvey

    Hi Pete,

    nice blog and summary.

    SCN is the best tool for keeping on top of the moving horizon of SAP IT.

    Here is a perfect example from today supporting just that hypothesis.

    I think horizon is a nice analogy because, if we’re on a ship on the ocean we can see the horizon, but we never reach it, and that is how technology is, it never stops, it is always moving forward and SCN gives us the opportunity to be as close to the horizon as we can be.

    And like on a ship on the high seas, as captains of our own destiny we all have to keep watching the horizon to be sure that we plot the best course.

    If anybody wants to keep up with what’s going on across the SAP world,

         then

              every morning

                   when

                        you get to work

                        take a coffee

                        click this link

                            and

                        read the latest blogs on any subject which interests you

                        then

                        dig deeper and search the SCN Library and SMP for

                        more documentation on the areas that interest you

             

                             and

                        read and read and read and read

    It’s all there waiting for you.

    The beauty of SAP is it humbles us every day with what we do not know.

    Nobody knows everything about SAP, and anybody who says they do is

    simply not telling the truth.

    Enjoy learning and keeping as close as possible to the horizon.

    There is simply no substitute for effort and hard work, and it will be

    rewarding and rewarded.

    All the best,

    Andy.

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    1. Benno Eberle

      Hi Andy,

      I like your analogy!

      And it’s great for everybody beeing the captain of that ship moving towards of it’s personal horizon.

      Cheers

      Benno

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