This Blog is also not meant to criticize a particular trainer or Institute.
I am a SAP ABAP BW Consultant with 10 years of Experience.
In 2014, I have gone for SAP training at a Reputed Training Center (which is a SAP PARTNER) in India for CRM Course.
So 2 months before the training I have gone through many CRM Documents and gained a Good Amount of Knowledge on CRM.
So when I attended the actual training, it was like a piece of Cake.
After the classes, I used to go to my hotel and used to study for another 6 hours daily.
Who is Important – INSTITUTE OR TRAINER
We were three People for CRM Training.
The Trainer was never punctual on time and after every 1 or 1.5 hours of lecture, he would tell us to do exercise and he will go out for either Breakfast or to chat with Marketing Team.
There was no one to assist us during Exercise.
We all went and told this to the Head of that Institute but it fell into Deaf Ears and it was of no use.
I used to finish my exercises (assignments) and used to help others two (Both of them were new to SAP Environment).
75% of the time I helped them but sometimes I could not help them as I had to finish my exercise (assignments).
We know Exercises should be done by individuals but at some points if a person is stuck, he can not proceed with out a help or assistance.
During the class, most of the times the trainer used to deviate from CRM to some non-related topics which is no way related to CRM / SAP / IT.
We had three books for CRM. He completed only first 2 Books. When we asked him, he said 90% of the questions would come from first 2 books. But the motive of the training was not entirely getting certified. Motive of the training was knowledge and we could not get the knowledge of third book.
Then we came to know that previous batch was taken by him and all of them have failed. It was another disappointment. In our batch except me, all got failed and I felt bad.
During the end of our Training, we met students of another trainer who were taking SD Training in the same institute. They all gave Best feedback about their Trainer and we even saw the trainer used to assist them during Exercise (assignments) and he used to stay back late to help them in the Exercises. He used to utilize maximum time in Training and used to give real life examples.
So in short its not the INSTITUTE but its the TRAINER who plays the Biggest Role.
How INSTITUTE is Important
Few Reputed Institutes have a tie up with few companies. So after the training if you clear the Certification then you would get a chance for the interview to these companies through the institute.
But for Experienced SAP Consultants, Institute does not play a Major role but the Trainer does.
IMPORTANT POINTS for FUTURE SAP ASPIRANTS
- Never Believe the Marketing people blindly. Their Aim is to achieve their Targets (Most of them). So always get a second opinion from others or SAP SCN Career Center.
- Never Leave your current job, instead apply for a Leave and go for training. After the Training and Certification there is no Job guarantee. However they add value in getting a job.
- Every institute says they have got placements. But we need to verify if its truth.
- This is most important. Enquire about the Tutor and get contacts of the people who got trained by Tutor. If they are in the same city then try to meet them in person to know about the trainer and his training. You can also meet the current batch students individually and get their feedback on Tutor. This is difficult task but needs to be done because we are investing huge amount on our Training.
All the Best.