An SAP career is one of the challenging but high paying careers in information technology. Many companies are starting to use SAP products and we can say that at least 1 out of every 10 technical recruiter works on an SAP requirement at any given time. The fact that about 9% of the total IT jobs in 2010 were SAP jobs proves that anyone who is into SAP career will have no difficulty in finding a job that fulfills all the dreams that a person can have about a job.
But, guess what? People always write to us saying that they want to pursue a career as an SAP consultant but they don’t know where to start or what to do? Right now, there doesn’t seem to be a clear and well defined road map to become an SAP consultant. As a fresher, you fire up your browser and kick start a job search with the common keyword ‘SAP’ jobs and you land in a job ad page that says ‘SAP BW Architect with at least ten years of experience in SAP BW’. You try again and get another one that says 5+ years of experience working as an SAP Finance System Analyst is mandatory.
We can hear what you are saying, ‘Are you kidding me? Why can’t I find an SAP job as a fresher?’.. While most of the jobs look for experienced SAP consultants, many companies do hire junior level consultants for SAP project. The only two things they expect from you are a degree and strong knowledge in SAP. How do you gain knowledge in SAP and stand out among the thousands of freshers who are seeking a job as an SAP consultant? The answer is, to finish an SAP certification.
Learn as much as you can about SAP and its modules. Getting the right knowledge is the key to unlock the world of SAP opportunities. Once you have finished the certification by passing the exams, clearly mention it in your resume and make sure your resume has the right keywords. Post your resume so that it can be found by recruiters who are searching for freshers with SAP knowledge. While you are on your job search, read blogs and online communities about SAP and stay up to date.
The first job that you get may not offer you all the benefits that you are looking for. But if you can say that the job can give you a solid experience in working with SAP, then your best bet will be to accept it. Consider this as a part of your learning phase and use the opportunity to increase your knowledge. It may take about 24 months to become completely familiar with one module in SAP.
Remember, it is all about getting that first job. Once you get an entry level job in SAP, the experience that you gain will make you eligible to apply for better positions