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What is the future of SAP SD consultant?

Hello everyone!

I was wondering if all of you could help me here.
I am SD consultant. I am 32 years old. I live in India. I love my job. The reason I love it because it is not monotonous in nature. I get typical issues everyday. Some are new and some are same old. Same old issues build my confidence levels whereas new issues give me a challenge. This is how the time is flying.

My strengths are:
1. Analytical/logical/reasoning, patience, deep digger into issues (but sometimes I am lost due to lack of integration knowledge).
2. I also work as communication trainer (part time). This is my passion. I love training and motivating people. But I am little shy in public.

My future plans:
1. To learn SAP MM as it is the closest module for SD. And I always fail to understand some issues holistically (due to no integration knowledge)
2. I want to leave SAP after 10 years. But before I leave, I want to get to its peak level (in my selective modules).
3. I love NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming). I will learn it shortly. My NLP areas of interest are: Career development, Anger Management, Relationship Management, Time Management and etc. I lack in most of them. So I would like to practice it for next 10 years while working as SD or SD-MM consultant. Then I would like to start my own NLP consulting in these areas.

My questions are:
What options do I have in SAP career path as a functional consultant?
In next 10 years where can I see myself?

I am looking forward for your suggestions. Please guide me considering my strengths and future plans.

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  • Dec 12, 2018 at 08:28 PM

    "I want to leave SAP after 10 years." - that's a rather strange goal... If you're sure you can make enough money in 10 years to retire then sure, by any means. But otherwise... You'll be 42 years old. It's a bit too early for retirement but might be too late to start a completely new career. Not because of your physical or mental abilities but simply because at that time you'll likely have family and financial obligations, so starting a new job with an entry level salary simply won't be feasible. At minimum, instead of a complete change you should start thinking about pivoting on your existing skills into a different career path (e.g. with some luck, an ABAPer could find a job as a developer in another programming language or become a functional SAP consultant). And start laying the groundwork for it accordingly.

    Regarding the rest - make sure to browse in the Career tag Q&A, there are very many questions on the same subject. No one has a crystal ball though to tell with 100% certainty what will happen in 10 years.

    There is even a blog from 2014 on the SD consultant future. General advice is still valid.

    • Dec 13, 2018 at 06:14 AM

      Dear Jelena,

      I really appreciate for your comment.
      And thank you very much for sharing the blogs. It really cleared the confusion between CRM vs. CS. And gave insight knowledge on career path for any SD consultant.

      But I am waiting for more suggestions in this community. Let me pick the most suited one.

      • Dec 14, 2018 at 07:22 PM

        It seems you might be confusing Coffee Corner discussions with Q&A section. If you're expecting reasonable answers from which you could "pick" then this needs to be posted as a question under the Career tag (link in my post above).

        Coffee Corner is, essentially, an SCN "water cooler" for random chat, so you're likely to get some funny comments rather than serious answers. And there is no "answer picking" process in such posts, everything is just a comment.

        Think through what you are really asking and what you are trying to achieve, then post as a question.

        • Dec 15, 2018 at 09:34 AM

          Thanks Jelena to distinguish between Coffee Corner and Career tag.
          I am new to SCN. I always used SCN to post SD related queries. When I saw Coffee Corner first time, I read few discussions on general topics. I never had information about Career tag. And actually after seeing Coffee Corner, I was too excited to ask this question (SD career path).
          Going forward, I will surely ensure to post questions at the right place.

          • Dec 19, 2018 at 03:31 PM

            To add to the previous comment - if you post this as a question in Careers then you can also add SD tag as secondary and then SD folks will see it too. That's the biggest advantage of using questions vs. Coffee Corner discussion. The latter cannot be visible outside of CC.

  • Dec 14, 2018 at 12:02 AM

    In next 10 years where can I see myself?

    such question would be addressed to a forecaster - magician

    however, if you want to drop sap after 10 years, you should know who you will be ...

    • Dec 14, 2018 at 09:58 AM

      Especially for the person loving NLP :)

      • Dec 14, 2018 at 07:24 PM

        Yes, no disrespect but my first reaction was also "what are you even doing in SD?" :)

      • Dec 15, 2018 at 09:53 AM

        Dear Vadim,

        Thanks for your support to Oleg. I do not need any magician to forecast my career.
        I am crystal clear about who I want to be.
        On my death bed, I do not have any regrets in life. Whether or not I succeed in NLP is a different story altogether.
        Accepting failures in life after try-out is the most beautiful attribute of any human. Just because of "Fear of unknown" and "Risk" we should not stop chasing our dreams. We get life only once, let us explore. May God bless all of us.

    • Dec 15, 2018 at 09:56 AM

      Thanks Oleg for your beautiful reply. It shows how beautifully you understand people and their minds - just emphasizing the words than its actual meaning.

      I really appreciate Jelena who understood my question well and gave professional reply (shared career path and corrected my question posting mistake) - she did not have the magician style :)

      For you kind information, it is clearly specified who I want to be after leaving SAP

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