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Hi All

I'm trying to get back into revamping and cleaning up careers tag.I have a blog series for careers pathways to launch (when I have the energy to cover the content)

For now, I am looking at pulling together an FAQ blog to direct users to for career questions. I can see it being used predominately in moderation. I'll build up the answers by linking to blogs and other content in community or links to other SAP sites depending on the question.

Below are the questions I have come up with so far (they need to be grouped). Would love to know if you have any other. Happy for jokes but they may not make it through (I thought what is the difference between Career, Carer, Carrer and Carrier? as an example)

Careers FAQ

  • 1.How do I get a job as a fresher?
  • 2.What training institutes should I study/recommend a good/best one?
  • 3.How much does training and certification cost?
  • 4.What free training is available?
  • 5.How can I get access to a demo system?
  • 6.Should I put fake experience on my resume
  • 7.It is worth doing certification?
  • 8.How can I qualify for certification? (India specific as well)
  • 9.What module should I learn for my background?
  • 10.Should I study HANA?
  • 11.How do I restart a stalled career?
  • 12.What can I do for skill upgrade?
  • 13.What training resources are available?
  • 14.What are the SAP Modules?
  • 15.I’m over 40, is it worth studying/will I get a job in SAP?
  • 16.How do I change modules in SAP?
  • 17.What is the job market like?
  • 18.Can someone share sample certification questions?
  • 19.What is the salary for my skills?

If you have answers to any of then then that's great too.

Cheers

Colleen

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Jul 13 at 11:13 AM
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Good idea, Colleen. :)

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2.What training institutes should I study/recommend a good/best one?

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"Should I go to an inofficial institute to save a lot of many or put more money into going to an official SAP supported institute?"

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Question 5 How can I get access to a demo system?

Answer : Trials and Downloads

-Yogesh


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The top question seems to be "Will this move work for me?", which is impossible to answer. Rather like #15. No one can predict future with certainty.

Otherwise looks like a good list.

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Jelena Perfiljeva
Jul 13 at 05:46 PM

Being impossible to answer, it still keeps getting asked. So, this entry in the FAQ might be, "It's impossible for anyone else to answer this question for you. You must look within."

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FAQ will include lots of explanations like that. Makes me think of Gareth's blog

https://blogs.sap.com/2014/04/25/i-want-to-sign-for-a-premiership-football-club-which-team/

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Awesome blog and comments. That should be part of FAQ for sure.

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1. How do I get a job as a fresher?
It depends on where you are based, your background and a sheer amount of luck.
If you are based in an off-shore/near-shore location: some big companies face challenges retaining support employees - just look for job adverts on their sites, read company reviews online and if the offer is good enough for you - apply.
If you are still a student - look for internships and/or part-time jobs on shift schedule.
If you are not based in an off-shore/near-shore country - try getting a job as business user and attempt to move internally later within the company, if possible.
And, please, start using search engines! This has been asked so many times...

2. What training institutes should I study/recommend a good/best one?
The fees for official SAP education are steep for residents in some countries, but if you can afford them - go with the official trainings. I have attended 3 so far (several years ago) and the quality was really good. If you have financial difficulties, but you are willing to put an extra effort - get access to a demo system, buy a few good books, read SCN Wiki, SAP Help, visit the forums and try solving the questions from the forum in the test system.

3. How much does training and certification cost?
If you are asking this question - you are not making good use of web searches.
If you have not learned yet how to search and interpret information, please postpone your plans for training/certification until you master these two skills. If you are planning to rely solely on textbook content to pass certification exams without additional research online, you will most probably fail, anyway.

4. What free training is available?
Learning Hub has some free courses, there is also OpenSAP, SAP HANA Academy. If you prefer more academical presentation (not specifically targeting SAP products, but explaining how things work), you can check OpenHPI. If you are learning web development from scratch - use Google and you can find plenty of sites with free trainings. For HTML, CSS, JavaScript and jQuery Mozilla Developer Network and W3Schools are good starting points.

5. How can I get access to a demo system?
If you are currently working as a business user in a company, which uses SAP - check if you can request access to a demo/training system at your company.
Another option is to pay for access to third-party providers. And no - I have no idea which ones are good, do some online research.
If you own good hardware and have some knowledge on installing OS/VM - you can try HANA Express Edition.

6. Should I put fake experience on my resume.
I have never done that and I still get job offers. It is a very risky path (faking experience) and if you chose to take it, anyway, be prepared to face the consequences of your decision.


7. It is worth doing certification?
Depends on why you wish to take the certification exam: if you do this to have a better chance of getting a job - then no, if you are doing it to gain confidence and if lack of confidence is what impedes your development - then yes.

8. How can I qualify for certification? (India specific as well)
For EU countries I am not aware of any restrictions. For India and Middle East - contact the local education via e-mail. Of course, if you are planning to take an exam in a different country and it requires visa/international passport - you need to have valid documents. If you are applying for exam/training in non-native language, make sure that you are at least at advanced level - some questions can be trickier for non-native speakers, and to get the most out of your training you need to be able to keep up with the trainer's pace.

9. What module should I learn for my background?
Your background does not define what is interesting for you. If you rely on random people to tell you what to study, in the best possible scenario you will end up with a job, which you will hate.

10. Should I study HANA?
You are asking the wrong question. First - what do you mean by 'study HANA'? Second (based on the answer from the first question) - is this interesting for you? Third - does your job depend on that knowledge? Fourth - do you have sufficient free time and nothing more important to do?
If the answer to at least one of second and third question is 'yes' and the answer to the fourth one is 'yes', then, maybe the final answer is 'yes'.
Still, if you needed this kind of advice, please refer to point 12.

11. How do I restart a stalled career?
By self-study and prototyping, looking for potential new projects within your company or by looking for a new job...


12. What can I do for skill upgrade?
Learning to use search engines, problem-solving and using critical thinking is a good start.

13. What training resources are available?
Refer to answer 12.

14. What are the SAP Modules?
Refer to answer 12.

15. I’m over 40, is it worth studying/will I get a job in SAP?
Studying at 40+ is worth it for your mental health. Is this not enough as an argument?
Fortune-telling is out of my expertise.

16. How do I change modules in SAP?
You can look for opportunities within your organization, or study really hard (and prototype) and apply for jobs elsewhere.

17. What is the job market like?
Refer to point 12.

18. Can someone share sample certification questions?
There are sample questions in the official training site, which can help you evaluate your knowledge. Other than that - avoid studying by memorizing answers, it is pointless and you will most probably fail the exam. If you are planning to cheat with exam dumps - this is a really bad idea, no matter if you are caught or not.

19.What is the salary for my skills?
Your salary depends on how well you can sell yourself and how much the potential employer is willing to pay. You can, of course check out a few company reviews online (some state salaries), or look for job advertising sites. Refer to point 12 (again).

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Learning to use search engines, problem-solving and using critical thinking is a good start.

It's so sad, that this is missing sooo much in so many "consultants" here. -.-

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I guess they start with someone deciding "best module" for them, then naturally, expect someone else to do their job, etc.

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Fake Resume - Should I ask the owner of a real one If I can use it as mine?

(And yes - that has happened to me 3 times. You can imagine my replies and who I sent copies to....)

Can you recommend any good training institutes - Yes None in Bangalore.

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(And yes - that has happened to me 3 times. You can imagine my replies and who I sent copies to....)

Fascinating... and you are sure, that they were not trolling?

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No. One got fired, one got disciplined and I'm not sure what happened to the other. They were literally emails asking permission to use my CV or parts of it and pass it off as theirs. In each case the directors of the companies were sent copies of their emails and two wrote back to me apologising.

That is now one of the reasons why I will not conduct telephone interviews any more. It's either face to face or Skype.

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Oh, my... even kids in elementary school know how to cheat without being caught. Your example is upsetting.

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This was in the early 80's, however, another reason why I won't do telephone interviews is that I did one and the candidate was really good. He was flown over and soon complaints were arriving from clients that he was always on their phone calling internationally.

Turns out he was calling his brother who did know SAP and who was the one who took the interview.

Both of those things together are enough to colour peoples perceptions.

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Veselina - well there is a good chunk of the blog

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Another one

What should I learn next after x days/months/years experience?

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Q: Why SAP? How is SAP different than any other company?

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Fresher ??? purlease - This is not America (although some might think it may be India).

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If you read enough questions you'll see I'm matching lingo

But agree fresher would capture: fresher, beginner, level entry, junior, newb and clueless :)

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Faking your CV should be avoided, you can change the focus in your work experience or leave things out if you want to steer your career in a specific direction.

So for instance if in 1 year you have spent your time between 4 different subjects, subject A was half of your time and B, C and D the other half divided equally.

If you didn't like to do A, or if this is not interesting anymore just leave it out and say you spent your time on B, C and D.

19 should not be what is my salary, but rather how to find out my worth in the marketplace. So for that answer you must first understand what your job is and what skillset is needed and describe that into words. Then you can use that information to google for similar jobs. Another way is to simply apply for jobs and see if you can go through the selection phase.

Cheers, Rob.

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"7.It" hyperlink?

Edit: Using IE I entered this in plain text and see the same issue above in the post, where it turns into a random hyperlink...

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"it" is recognized as an ending for urls. Like ".com", that's why the editor thinks that must be an url. ;)

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this always happens if you have no space after the point

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I think, it will be good to include somewhere in the blog a link or a few hints on how to ask good questions specifically in Careers tag.

Since the blog will be mainly used for moderation purposes, you could guide members how to improve their chances of receiving replies.

What is your opinion?

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I think Gareth's blog mentioned above pretty much covers the most common scenario when a question is unanswerable.

Other than that, this good old blog has many excellent points.

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Sadly, many members don't read it before posting, which is why I thought that it would be a good idea to include a link to something of that sort in Colleen's blog.

My inspiration was this this thread from today: https://answers.sap.com/questions/261478/i-am-a-beginner-i-want-to-start-my-carrier-as-abap.html

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