Marion originally joined SAP’s Marketing team but is now part of the SAP Sales Academy. We spoke to her about her SAP career so far.
When did you start working at SAP?
I start working at SAP 7 months ago in the Marketing team. My first responsibility was to help organize one of our biggest events of the year – the SAP Forum with 1700 attendees. I started the Sales Academy program mid-September and will be working as Global Account Executive.
How did you move from marketing to the Sales Academy?
I had met with HR to discuss my goals and expectations and how I would like to pursue my career within SAP and what was important to me. We then discussed the opportunity that is the Sales Academy: a 9-month world-class program training in Sales.
As my profile and past experiences matched the requirements of the Academy, I was invited to a one-day Bootcamp with other candidates. This Bootcamp was to assess our ability to analyse, build a case, and work in group. We had to solve a case study, build a presentation and we took part in several interviews during the day.
I was successful at Bootcamp and officially started the Sales Academy Program in September 2017.
What qualifications did you need for the Sales Academy?
I needed to have a university degree and be fluent in English as well as one other language. For my region this was French.
If someone else was considering joining the Sales Academy what skills would you say they need to possess?
They need to have the ability to really listen and have empathy to better understand our customers. Alongside this is strong communication and leadership skills, resilience and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
What does your career at SAP mean to you?
Being able to work on innovating and inspiring projects to help the companies you are working with, being challenged every day and keep learning.
What does success look like to you?
I define success as spending the majority of my time focused on tasks that are fulfilling and that I am passionate about, having a positive impact on the life of people I am working with or living with, while finding the right balance in all important areas of my life.
If you could go back in time and give your 18-year-old-self one piece of career advice what would it be?
Take risks and leave your comfort zone, as you’ll find there the most interesting opportunities. Learn from failures, do not regret at all, and do what you like, it is the most important.
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