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Everybody says eating five fruits would make you healthy, but would just eating only fruitsmake you really healthy is the question? You certainly need other food ingredients to keep us fit. In the similar way, just only doing the certification would keep you better is the question. There is definitely something beyond certifications to make us the respected professionals. If somebody asks me why should we eat fruits? There is no answer, they can also live without fruits. In the similar way some of the over smart people would ask this question, why should we need certification? We cannot blame them as they have their own set of reasons. There are even some kind of people you would see in your life that they would really become egoistic if discuss them anything related to certification, because they feel that they know everything? The would always who the hell 😑 to certify their so called self proclaimed knowledge. Let us leave those highly intelligent people alone. Please note I am not here to promote SAP Certifications or their brands, I am only writing this to encourage real enthusiastic people in education. That is the reason I have not mentioned anything about SAP Certification so far. You work hard and try to understand the business processes of the client, communicate more, help people etc., these are all part of job, that everybody will do. But, beyond that is there something that you should look into build your reputation and credibility. Reputation is something you cannot build in overnight, it takes huge amount of commitment to build your reputation. In order to build your reputation among the clients, prospective employers, friends, families and the professional circles, you should start your planning from very early age in life. Time is really gold, once you spent, you cannot do anything. If you start planning at the age of forty, then it is too much, then your kids might be start competing with you. Therefore, you should start your plans now. What is this new year’s resolutions? Let us commit ourselves to do something recognizable, quantifiable and appreciative. Learn something new and get it certified by some third party, could it be SAP Certification, Oracle Certification, Sun Certification, Cisco Certification or Microsoft Certification, whatever, just give a commitment. It could even be CCNA, CISSP, CISA, CISM, CGEIT, CRISC etc. type of certifications, may be you can also plan PMP, Prince2 type certifications. If you are more academically inclined person, then consider doing Management Accountancy, Chartered Accountancy and Company Secretary type of courses. Do not shy yourself getting the free membership of the other country’s professional bodies based on their reciprocal arrangement.  May be you can even try for a MBA, or if you have enough money try with SAP University Alliance Program, may be if you have great capability, then start doing some Phd., but do not stop doing something formidable repeatedly throughout your life.

First and foremost point in life is do not think too much about the job prospects. Just stop thinking that you are doing a course for a job. I have seen number of people repeatedly asking questions like what module is good for me? Would I get a Job? Can you give me some interview questions? What type of jobs are good for women? Please stop this negative thinking. What you should remember is doing a certification is not the ultimate aim of your life. It is just a beginning of your new journey, you should start doing such journeys regularly and repeatedly. Do not stop investing money on you. Trust me investing something for your education would always give you fruits, need not necessarily by way of monetary gains, but it gives you reputation, self-confidence, better skill set and stand out CV. This is the only way you can leave your mark on the future generations. Otherwise, you would become like one in million. Most of people try to get a job, then love to marry a beautiful wife, then get flowers and sweets to wife, purchase toys to kids and enjoy eating lovely Indian spicy food πŸ˜‰ Nobody is stopping you to enjoy your personal life, but, if you think it is the only aim of your life and rushing to flower stall every evening, then you would go nowhere πŸ™‚ . They may even argue why to put extra effort to learn something. They could even argue, I am currently getting handsome salary, if I jump from one company to other company like a frog πŸ˜› I could even get 20% jump (used to 40 to 50 percent jumps in salaries in India, sorry folks, those days are gone now). They could feel that such five or six jumps over a period of 10 years, would help to easily sail the life. Most of them think, once joining the new company, do not do any work, but just do the politics, once company realizes your non-potential, then again jump to another company. Is this something you want to achieve?

Certainly not. If you want only such type jumping in life, probably you would have joined some political party, probably, you would have earned much more money in your life. πŸ˜‰ The first thing you should remember is stop polishing, stop oiling, stop buttering your superiors. This is not the way to live. More than 95% of people do such kind of buttering to the superiors. Working loyally is different from buttering your superiors, please do not be confused between those two. What you want to do? Have your plan ready for this year. Think how much you invest on your development, if you have limited budget, use it proficiently for your development. Stop doing unnecessary expenses and purchasing luxurious goods. Meanwhile, start diverting that unlimited expenses towards some fruitful knowledge foundation to your life. Learn something, do not feel shy to invest money for yourself. Again repeatedly, I would like to say, do not think too much for the return. Concentrate well on doing something repeatedly and get yourself certified along with your working. Make this a habit of your life, you would surely excel in everything you do in your life. Probably, those who buttered their bosses might also be in the same position after 10 years, but do remember, the butter will melt and become like a 3rd grade palm oil. If you see yourself after 10 years of life, you would get wonderful working experience, plus you have 10 to 15, or may be 20 or more certification. Just imagine yourself and how beautifully you could collectively frame your strong CV.

Always try to aim high by knowing your potential. Intelligence does not really matter. Even if you are ordinary intelligent person, but if you have right attitude and committing behaviour, I am sure you are going to achieve many distinctions in your life. First of come out of the over-smart behaviour and never think you are big knowledgeable person. Always keep your feet on the ground. You should know the difference between gold and bronze. Gold always melt itself to give highest amount of purity, whereas bronze is cheap metal with unlimited and horrible sound. What you want to be is in your hands. If you want to build a gold kind of reputation start planning yourself today, aim something high every time. Trust me those who are laughing at you for your difficulties in learning new would feel lot of zealous when you realize the fruits for your hard work. Therefore, plan today, nothing is too late, put down on a paper what kind of certifications / degrees / skills you are planning to acquire month by month or year by year. Never even shy yourself to learn multiple skills or appear for multiple certification at the same period. Do not much bother about the failures in the exams, they are all part of life, would always happen. Always give your best, hit the bull eye and achieve some quantifiable certifications every year. Please do not ask the whole world which certification is good for you. Open your eyes and plan yourself for the next certification. Your marriage or kids should not be a constraint in developing your knowledge. You should even be ready to go along with your sons to classes, if you feel that is the course something you should attend. πŸ˜‰

The achievement gives you greatest self satisfaction which is the key for your outstanding enrichment. Some things cannot be counted with monetary benefits. If you think you can count the values of education with money, they you are thinking on the wrong side. I still remember one of the question posted by my ex-manager. He asked me “You are investing lot of money on educations? What would happen if you are going to die tomorrow and where would that investment goes?” I could only sense the stupidity out of that question. Nobody can guarantee what happens tomorrow, that is for sure, so we do not need to worry about that. But, even if you try to invest in shares, they could go into crashing, if you put in gold they probably it would be robbed, if you invest in real estate, the could a possibility of encroachment. But, knowledge always goes with you till you die. It is a great treasure that you would preserve within yourself forever. Therefore, you should never hesitate or count the money to invest the amount in you. We should never stop the learning new things. Now a days nothing is for free, even education is not an exception to that rule. Therefore, you should plan your monetary resources accordingly and never stop investing your time, effort and money in developing your knowledge.


At the end of the life, if you look back what I have achieved in my whole professional life, you would count your success by number of certifications along with the number of years of experience. That satisfaction is probably greater than the amount of one million dollars that you have saved. Therefore, hope my following suggestion to do any type certification / degree / educational venture would really be handy. The certification need not necessarily be a SAP Certification, but it could be anything that would up your professional career. However, if you are a SAP consultant, I would strongly recommend that you would surely plan to do at least some SAP Certifications.

Hopefully, the following points would be handy for your Certification process:

1. Evaluate the options

You have very limited money, therefore, you need to spend it very cautiously, therefore, you cannot go with the certification that you have seen. Probably, you might be interested to do 10 Certifications, but you cannot go with all of them, that is the theory of life, therefore, you need to choose them wisely. Please note what certifications you are interested on a white paper, then check what are the credentials, whether they are globally reputed, would it gives any job opportunities immediately or whether there are any long term benefits, what would the cost that I would be spending etc. You need to answer all these questions before you are committing yourself to do a certification.

2. Commit yourself

Once you have nailed down the options of the certification(s) that you are intended to, then you need to commit yourself like anything. Commitment means it is a total commitment, nothing short of it. You have decided to that certification at any cost and under any circumstances, now, you have made up your mind, should not look back until you achieve your task. Commitment is not just the physical commitment, which is only 10 percent, but you should have psychological commitment, which is 90% percent, which is more important. Always your mind should be lingering around that certification and you should have all your plans and thoughts in your mind around that. The day starts with the thoughts in your sixth sense with that Certification. That would always drive you towards achieving that Certification.

3. Plan well in advance

If you want to write a certification then you should at least plan 6 months in advance. Then it gives you ample time to plan the activities, execute the tasks and complete the preparation, unless you are a master of that subject. It is always not possible to be a master in all the subjects, therefore, you cannot really afford to decide to write an exam in just few days of preparation. You should hit the small snake with the big stick. Unless you plan well in advance, it would not be possible to reduce all the odds to crack the exam. This would give you ample to collate your materials, select the training institute, taking the bank loan (if necessary) and post training preparation etc.

4. Collate all the study resources

Half of the task for you is to collate the relevant study materials. This is the 50% of your certification task. You need to try with various resources like hard copies, library books, online literature, training materials or notes from your friends, e-books etc. But, you should know, you should not adamantly spend money on the materials. You should try to spend the money cautiously and always try to get the free materials. There would also be some yahoo groups for that certification, you should always refer to those groups where you would be provided with some kind of sample questions, the other important thing is within these groups, you can team up with like minded people share their experiences and updates. Some of these groups are spammed too much, if you are registered with such groups, then get ready for spam mails in your inbox. πŸ™‚

5. Allocate your time

Now the important task is you need to allocate at least 4 hours a day during the working days and 8 hours a day during the week ends, unless you have a strong reason to excuse. Most of the time actuals always deviate too much with planned time, therefore, you should have check on how much you are really spending on study. I know movies, friends and parties are always tempting, and adding to that browsing on the internet is another way to kill the time. But, you need to overcome all these tempting things.

6. Know the pattern of the exam

Each exam is different in its own spirit. Some exams are multiple choice, some exams written and their evaluation process could be different. Unless you have clear idea about how the exam pattern and the evaluation process, then it is really not possible to crack the exam. If it multiple choice examination, then it is always using the elimination technique would help. Out of the multiple choice questions, you need to identify the wrong options first then you would be easily identify the right answers. Usually, you end up with two right answers, which looks too similar and only one is correct. Candidate usually end up in selecting the wrong answer, in such confusing cases, read the questions more than twice.

7. Discuss with like minded people

You need to group up with the like minded people. Combined studies would always studies would always help, this is particularly true if you are below 25 years. Usually for people below 25 years, there are many distractions tempt them to go away from studies, unless you are very committed. If you team up with like minded people, you can work together towards the same goal and discuss with each other the unknown topics. Two minds work better than a single mind. It is also give encouragement as well as fill the competitiveness. This is very much important in order to occupy and accommodate all the available time towards the common goal of passing the Certification.

8. Give your best

The important thing is you always give your best to pass the examination, if you put only half heart, then there is every chance you will end up on the wrong side in the examination. Even if you are expert in that field, you should never go with half heart. The preparation is the key for passing any examination. Many skills and experienced candidates in their own subjects failed because of the over confidence or lack of preparation. Always try to give your best and do not much bother about the result. Pass and failure would be the same. If you are passed, you will get a recognition and if you fail also you would get a great experience, how to pass the examination. Therefore, treat both of them as the same.

9. Follow post passing procedures

Just passing the certification exam is not sufficient. There are many post passing procedures you need to be followed. For example, taking the membership, following the continuous education rules, getting the user ids / passwords for viewing some of their sites, paying the regular membership fee, fulfilling their ethics and code of conduct, writing the future re-certification examination are all need to be strictly followed. Otherwise, some of the certifying bodies may revoke or strip your certification. Therefore, there are lot of elements needs to be considered and lot of money is also involved in paying the membership fee and continuous education etc. Therefore, everybody should be aware these things, before opting to write a certification examination.

10. Never fear of failure

Last but not the least, never fear about the fear of failure. You would hear many horrible stories of that intelligent student or candidate has failed or somebody has not even for attempting three times. You do not need to much worry about these stories. You do not really know what their preparation is, what their exam conditions are and what the questions in examination are. You only need to concentrate is your own ability to crack the exam, you own preparation and belief on yourself. Unless you believe on your own strengths you would never be successful in any of the examination. Do not worry, even if you fail in examination, no sky is going to fall down, still you would have brighter tomorrow to pass the examination. πŸ™‚

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  1. Naren Karra

    Thank you Ravi garu for sharing a great blog with the community.

    And really thanking you for throwing light on the Post Passing Procedure.

    Regards,

    Naren Karra

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    1. Ravi Sankar Venna Post author

      Thanks Naren for your comments.

      There are many things are to be followed after the post examination, in some of the examination, it is most important thing, therefore, we need to keep vigil on those dates, payments, continuing education etc.

      Kind Regards,

      Ravi

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  2. Sanjeev Kumar

    Hi Ravi Sankar Venna,

    thanks a lot for sharing such a wonderful thought, literally saying its so fruitful that if anyone read each line and understand the clear meaning behind this blog, his/her life will surely changed to a definite aim.

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    1. Ravi Sankar Venna Post author

      Thanks Sanjeev, great pleasure to receive your comments.

      Many times candidates attempt the exam with under preparation, then they would realize the mistake when they lost of the money. Therefore, I sincerely, hope these points may be helpful for the certification participants as a guide. πŸ™‚

      Kind Regards,

      Ravi

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  3. Manjunath v

    Hi Ravi Sankar Venna,

    Really great thanks to you when I was reading the each line i recollected my examination days… It surely motivated me to plan for taking the professional course or Certification…

    Regards

    Manjunath

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  4. Jabbar P

    I had completed BI certification but finding very difficult to get a job in SAP even at entry level. Attended interviews people ask experience only.

    Everything may not be bright unless you do all your homework b4 certification. 

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    1. Ravi Sankar Venna Post author

      When we start doing the Certification with only intention of getting job is the problem of root cause. Probably, we may have put a high level hat and know the expectations from a Certification. There could also be other areas, which could help to get a job, which should not be overlooked.

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      1. Lal Maheswararao Dara

        Hi Ravi,

        This is Lal Maheswararao recently Qualified my Chartered Accountancy (CA) as well as Cost Accountancy (CMA). I am Very much interested in SAP and started my career in SAP from Last year June. I am Presently Working in Roll out Project.

        Now i am Planning for Controlling Certification because as a CA and ICWA that is suitable for me.

        Please suggest me how to proceed further. I don’t have any information about what are the materials and etc….

        You are Really my Inspiration as you are also a Cost Accountant πŸ™‚ . I can say you are my role model in this career.

        Awaiting for reply

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        1. Ravi Sankar Venna Post author

          Hi Lal,

          Good to know you. Thanks for your cheerful words πŸ™‚

          Please visit

          training.sap.com

          Usually, the triaining materials are for

          FI – TFIN50 and TFIN52, TERP10 & Solution Manager

          CO – TFIN20 and TFIN22, TERP10 & Solution Manager

          Both of them are now different certifications. If you are in India and planning to write a certification, then you need to contact SAP and pass their evaluation process. Once that is completed, you may be able to appear the certifications.

          These materials are copyrighted materials are not available for free distribution. However, you can purchase them at https://training.sap.com/g/en/

          Being a CA and CWA, you have vast amount of scope. You can even extend towards BPC / BOBJ type of areas. However, it could too early. I would advise work on FICO for two years then you can look for other areas.

          All the best.

          Kind Regards,

          Ravi

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          1. Lal Maheswararao Dara

            HI Ravi,

            Thanks alot for your Information πŸ™‚ .

            Just One more Question

            Now i am 22 years old and as i said before i started my career in SAP in the last year. Still i am in a bit confusion whether this career is good for me or not. I completed my CA and CMA by first attempt and All India ranker in CWA Final. So i am getting so many alternatives and Opportunities in terms of work and monetary benefits also.

            I am in a bit confusion about this career whether this career will be suitable for me or not and as a long term Prospective how it will be. Like this i have so many questions but one thing i can say i found SAP as interesting and i am enjoying my self while doing the work.

            Can you please suggest something about this, I will be very grateful if i got some clarity.

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            1. Ravi Sankar Venna Post author

              Hi Lal,

              Me being a CS and CWA, I worked few years in the industry in Accounts, Finance, Internal Audit and then choosen the path of SAP. Had I choose the core accounting path also, I would have been in some managerial position in a company. It is rather a personal choice. Every path has its own merits and demerits. If you are passionate about technology, then SAP would be the best choice.

              Core Accounting / CA Practice

              Merits:

              Can reach senior positions if you opt for company’s employee

              If you opt for practice, you many manage CAs and CWAs

              You can become a CXO at one point of time

              Demerits:

              So much rusted politics

              You are limited to one company

              Needs to pretend too much loyal

              Might not get much international exposure / travel

              SAP

              Merits:

              Can learn new technologies

              International exposure

              Able to meet number of clients

              Global reputation

              Monetary benefits & different life style

              Demerits:

              Could only be a consultant in your life time

              Might struck with only support projects.

              Jumping from one employer to other (could be)

              Now the choice is yours.

              If you are passionate about technology SAP, else you can choose to be a core accounting professional.

              All the best.

              Regards,

              Ravi

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  5. Aluru Murali Krishna

    Thanks Sir,

    very very Useful.will follow your suggestions.

    i am also planning to go for SAP SD where i am having 12+ year experience in Sales.

    please suggest me.

    Regards

    Murali

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  6. Arun Kumar Subramaniam

    Very Helpful , Mr.Ravi Sankar Venna,

    Have a Question Similar to Aluri Murali Krishna, I am having 12 Plus years experience in  Sales, also planning for SAP SD,

    Please advise if it is worth doing SD Module  at this stage  and 38 years of  age

    Regards,

    Arun

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    1. Ravi Sankar Venna Post author

      It is a matter of taking calculated risk. Unless we risk something, we cannot achieve anything.

      Therefore, it is always worth taking risk. Nothing is too late.

      Regards,

      Ravi

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  7. Ravi Sankar Venna Post author

    – It is always right decision, you are going to loose nothing, even if you fail to get a job in SAP field, you will be equipped with abundant knowledge, which you cut across various industries, such knowledge can be used in your long term career.

    – SAP MM / SRM / SCM / WM etc.

    – It is up to you. Please note, no guarantee at non authorised centers. At SAP, you the courses are structure, however, they are expensive, now you need to decide what you want.

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  8. Harshavardhan Mahendran

    Mr. Ravi ,

                    I’m Totally Impressed with your dedication towards SAP (y) , Currently I’m undergoing certification training in C_TAW12_731 Abap & heard that SAP has updated with complex scenario based questions , and only an expert can crack it easily !! most of my previous batchmates didn’t clear in their first attempt !! Is there any solution to crack the latest 731 version Abap certification ? Kindly spare your valuable words !

    thanks

    Harsh

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    1. Ravi Sankar Venna Post author

      Hi Harsh,

      I would have more than happy if I have a magic button to crack SAP exams. πŸ˜‰

      Your previous batch mates performance cannot be precedent for your own performance.

      The conditions are different, the questions are different and the environment would be different.

      Forget all those horrible stories.

      You need to follow the instructor guidelines and tips.

      Keep reading the relevant curriculum material.

      Being a technical course, try to do relevant practice on the system.

      I am sure you are going to come up with flying colours.

      Best Regards,

      Ravi

      Every exam is ultimately destined to be cracked. If you prepare well, nothing would be impossible.

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  9. Ravi Sankar Venna Post author

    Hi Swaroop,

    You need to decide your module where you are intending to work. Others can only suggest, however, may not help you to work.

    Based on your experience, you can go to any logistic module MM / SD / PP / PM.

    However, you are the ultimate decider.

    Kind Regards,

    Ravi

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  10. LEWELLYN ALBERT

    Hi Mr.Ravi,

              I am Lewellyn, Its an honor to know you through SCN.

    I am currently working in a Freight Forwarding and logistics company (with 3 years experience ) expat living in Singapore. I have done my B.E in Computer Science Engineering and MBA in Sales.

    I m totally new to SAP world, and I am so much interested to do SAP and also I need to get back to my core field (because of my CS engineering background)

    Kindly suggest,

    1.Can you please suggest me, what will be the Apt module (like MM, WM, SD etc) should I learn, so that my experience can be also utilized?

    2.Could you recommend any institutions in Singapore, where i can learn SAP course and clear SAP certification?

    3. Can you also suggest any online learning centers to persue SAP course?

    Kindly spare your valuable advice

    Regards

    Lewellyn

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    1. Ravi Sankar Venna Post author

      Hi Lewellyn,

      I may not be able to suggest a module, it is something I would suggest you to decide.

      If you are good in functional requirements gathering and configuration type of skills, go for a functional consultant role. You can choose MM / SD / PS etc.

      If you are good programmer / problem solving, then go for ABAP / Basis

      If you are go in Analytic Skills / Database, please go for HANA / BPC / BOBJ / BI etc.

      Please visit

      training.sap.com

      I have no idea about non-authorised institutes.

      Please contact your local SAP, they should be able to advise you the Authorised Training Centers.

      SAP is also having online training (called e-learning) facility, which could be cost effective.

      Best Regards,

      Ravi

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      1. LEWELLYN ALBERT

        Hi Mr.Ravi,

        Many thanks for your prompt reply. And your blog is really resourceful. thank you for sharing your ideas to the world.

        Regards

        Lewellyn

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  11. Mudassir Khan

    Dear Ravi Garu!

    For some reason, I have missed reading this superb blog.

    As usual it is full of inspiration and spot on. Great job on spreading knowledge.

    Kind regards,

    mudassir

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  12. Katalogi Mocne

    yes, very nice article. Now I feel more motivation and inspiration to improve myself, to be better and better. And all this knowledge, experience and possibilities in future.. πŸ™‚

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  13. SUJITH KUMAR REDDY R

    Dear Ravi,

    We are glad to meet  consultant like u in this forum.

    in fact ur words motivated me in certification days & helped me to clear the exam very easily . Please keep guiding the sap aspirants.

    Regards,

    Sujith

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  14. Kuldeep Chowdhary

    Hi Ravi

    The way you express your thoughts is really awesome.Whenever I feel low ,I start reading your blogs and they provide me immense confidence to go ahead in life.

    You are doing a great service by providing guidance to newbies.Some times I imagine how could you manage time in such a busy schedule?? Really I am clueless!!!

    Thanks once again for such a valuable advice.

    Kuldeep

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    1. Ravi Sankar Venna Post author

      Thanks Kuldeep.

      No human being is exception in this world. Every human being is bound to feel low at times. That is what life is. But, we should have that ignite power within us to come back strongly. Not sure what I am doing, but I am also surely learning many things from number of SCN community members. Hopefully, it is a WIN-WIN combination.

      Kind Regards,

      Ravi

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  15. G.S Ramanjaneyulu

    Hi Ravi,

    whenever I start reading your blog, I will always try to correlate the title of the blog with the content, You will always give full justification to the content and anyone who reads the blog will remember the Technical things with your good examples…

    Regards,

    G S Ram.

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  16. manideep janumpalli

    Hi ravi ,

    greetings for the day,

    this is best blog which i had never seen in my life , thanks for encouraging and motivating the people …

    basically i am a electronics design engineer with 5 years of work experience( hardware  designing) and i want to shift to SAP domain.. which module in the domain could be suitable to me i want see my future in SAP … its not just for earning money i want excel my self  in SAP ….its kind of complete domain change in to software….

    awaited for your reply

    thanks and regards

    manideep janumpalli

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    1. Ravi Sankar Venna Post author

      Hi Manideep,

      The module is something you need to decide based on your experience, education and interest. Please go through the different blogs on this subject.

      Kind Regards,

      Ravi

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      1. Priya Gupta

        who will count certifications these days All that matters now is experience

        Certification is mean for Freshers and not for experienced  To divert your module you need certification

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  17. manideep janumpalli

    Hi ravi,

    thanks for the reply

    i dont have any interest in coding

    do we have any kind of configuration settings or kind of security in SAP

    which wont include coding part..

    Awaited for your reply

    thanks and regards

    manideep

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  18. NILADRI BIHARI NAYAK

    Hi Ravi,

    Your writings are always Thought provoking !! It acts like a confidence booster for every SAP Consultants…Currently I am working as a SAP HCM Consultant with 4 years of exp with good career track of B.Tech and MBA in HR. 

    Some people tell at this point of time Associate level (0-3 yr exp) Certification is not so useful , However Professional level (4-7 yr exp) may be useful in future.

    What do you suggest at this point of time ? How should I plan and make strategy for Preparation ?

    Regards,

    Nayak

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  19. S. Harsha Murthy

    Dear Ravi, I’ve been following you for long time now, going through all ur articles but this one is crown of all your gems. You have not only realized the purpose of certification but also listed the points how to achieve one easily. This article should come with all certification books because when I was doing my certification i didn’t have such guidance and had to figure out the hard way. I wish u bring more such gems time to time and inspire us.

    Thank you

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  20. Praveen Kumar

    Dear Ravi Garu,

    Thank you for the inspirational blog. Presently, I am a FICO consultant and have done my CA Intermediate. Now concentrating on only FI since I am just one year old in SAP career.

    Your Blog has helped me to understand many things and plan my future well in advance.

    God Bless you!

    Regards,

    Praveen

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    1. Ravi Sankar Venna Post author

      Hello Praveen,

      You must be able to learn on a daily basis, do not limit your self just to FI.

      Learn CO, Treasury, BPC, FSCM (all niche areas in Finance). They would really give a you an edge in the market.

      All the best.

      Kind Regards,

      Ravi

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  21. Lavanya Hari

    Hello Ravi garu,

    I am really inspired by the your passion about SAP and your comments in this blog are very useful for candidates like me i appreciate your efforts.

    I am a Chartered Accountant and Cost Accountant from India (AP), and doing ACA(ICAEW) in UK (only Case Study is left), i came here 2.5 yrs back and struggling to find job bcz of lack of experience, i just had few months of big4 experience in India, i am thinking of doing SAP FICO to get good job here i am really passionate about technology so i think SAP would be perfect match for me but i dont have any prior experience in SAP, would you please suggest it is better to do SAP FICO certification.

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    1. Ravi Sankar Venna Post author

      Hi Lavanya,

      Good to know you.

      I am sad to know that being a CA/CWA and student of ICAEW, finding difficult to get a job in UK. I may not be knowing your personal commitments, but I would sincerely advise you to try in India, rather than wasting time in UK. The market in UK is extremely down and do not see any future of picking up either. SAP is no exception to this. Many of the consultants experienced are still struggling to find jobs. This is a sad reality here. Nobody cares for Certification in UK, only experience matters. It is also difficult to find a company who really take freshers and train them, the training costs for them is extremely difficult. Most of the companies in UK works on consulting basis, they recruit you, in turn, get them the consulting fee. If not, they do not encourage to recruit. The market rates / salaries are extremely getting low with number of Tier 2 consultants around.

      My words may be discouraging you, but, please do not waste your time in UK. You will have bright future in India with your credentials.

      Please let me know if you need any specific details.

      Kind Regards,

      Ravi

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  22. LEWELLYN ALBERT

    Hi Ravi,

    I am Lewellyn, working as marketing manager in a logistics company at Singapore

    Having 4+ years of experience in Sales and marketing, I want to get into SAP.

    I have a burning desire to work in SAP as Sales or Pre sales Associate.

    Tried applying to SAP academy for Pre-sales and Sales, but didn’t get through.

    Could anyone answer my below questions:

    1) SAP academy for sales(presales) are only for fresh graduates?

    2) Is there any certification for Pre-sales or sales to work in SAP or with SAP partners?

    3) Will my sales background will be counted to get an entry into SAP?

    Looking forward for your reply

    Regards

    Lewellyn

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    1. Ravi Sankar Venna Post author

      Hi Lewellyn,

      Good to know you.

      It looks this is for fresh graduates to be recruited by SAP. However, please speak to SAP.

      I do not think there is any certification for pre-sales, but it is an academy program for one year.

      You will not be SAP SD / CRM consultant, but selling SAP products at a strategic level. I am sure your sales experience would surely add value.

      However, you should check whether you qualify for this program.

      During this pre-sales, SAP would make you familiar to number of SAP technologies, their benefits and integration with other technologies.

      http://www.sap.com/corporate-en/about/careers/sap-academy/presales/what-is-it-about.html

      SAP Academy | SAP

      Kind Regards,

      Ravi

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  23. Muhammad Asad Qureshi

    Hi Ravi,

    Excellent, great, awesome and must read article. Well I am also certified SAP ABAP developer and working in a MNC. Usually I am not fond of reading articles or read blogs over the internet but whatever source of information I found helpful majorly with respect to motivation and determination, I do read that information.

    As soon as I started reading your article, I got inspired with the simplicity of its preparation and really you threw a common man emotions in it regarding education than job than post job situation etcectra etcectra.

    I definitely recommend this article to everybody out there who had or have these types of questions in their minds and searching over the blogs for their answers.

    Regards,

    Muhammad Asad Qureshi

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  24. raja sekhar

    HI Ravi Sankar,

    Great Blog & Articulation. You are absolutely right.  You have touched several points where Education, Personal & Professional Life and finally you have touched spirituality.  Life all about to move..& move.  Every thing depends on where you are & where your intention to travel. 

    Really great one Ravi.

    Best Regards

    RAJ

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  25. sweetha shankaravelu

    Hi Ravi,

    Very motivating Blog ! I had initially clicked accidently on the link .But I  would have surely missed all the motivational thoughts presented otherwise . Very apt articulation definitely.

    Thanks for the Blog .I am bookmarking it πŸ™‚ .Keep the great work going .

    I am too preparing for a certification with SAP Solution manager E2E200 , I am also looking for materials for the same. Kindly advice if there are any links from where I could get them.

    Regards

    Sweetha.S

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  26. Zeeshan Chaudhry

    Hi

    Great Blog as always.

    Quick Question

    What is the best way to switch from End user to Consultant Role without Consultancy Experience but With Basic Skills and Knowledge.

    Regards,

    Zeeshan

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