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How did you get your start in SAP?

Ideally I think I would do this as a poll, but since I'm new to SCN blogging, this will have to do. This post is intended to capture information in it's most compressed form. I have another post for collecting stories. Please check that one out as well!

In this post I'm looking for your abbreviated path to SAP.

Typical path

Bachelor's --> Master's --> Entry Level Job ( 2 years) --> Entry Level SAP job ( 2 years) --> SAP Support Job (2 years, started 2010) --> Trained by company --> SAP Certification --> Hired! (2012) --> SAP Consultant

Other path examples

Bachelor's --> Entry Level Job (4 years) --> Entry Level SAP job (3 years) --> SAP Support Job (2 years, started 2010) --> Trained by company --> SAP Certification --> Hired! (2012) --> SAP Consultant

Bachelor's --> Master's --> Entry Level Job ( 2 years) --> Earned CPA --> Entry Level SAP job ( 4 years) --> SAP Support Job (1 years, started 2010) --> Paid for my own training nights/weekends --> SAP Certification --> Hired! (2012) --> SAP Consultant

Entry Level Job ( 4 years) --> Various jobs with same company increasing responsibility (16 years) --> SME on SAP project initial install (2 years, started 2008) --> SAP Support Job (2 years, started 2010) --> Trained by company --> not SAP Certified

My path

Bachelor's --> Master's --> Entry Level Job (4 years) --> Hired! (1998) --> Junior SAP Consultant --> SAP Certification (1999,2004,2010)

What was your path?

Don't forget to tell your story in detail if you like!

Best regards,

--Tom

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  • Best Answer
    Mar 27, 2012 at 03:40 AM

    Hi Thomas

    Great idea and mine is Bachelor (Major in Marketing) ->Grocery Business (7 years) ->SAP Consulting (14 years)

    Wasn't sure how to put it but I took 5 weeks of SAP training and got certified as soon as I joined the SAP Consulting company in 1998.

    All in all it is pretty obvious I took a non-standard way to SAP (ie Marketing/Grocery)

    Thanks,

    Jarret

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    • Former Member J. Pazahanick

      University - Key User (SD) - BA (SD) - Internal Consultant (SD) - External Consultant (SD) External Consultant (SD & Solution Manager) - external Cosnultant (SD & Solution Manager & CRM) - Contractor

  • Mar 27, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Bachelor's Animal Science - Pre-vet(1980)-->various laboratory jobs as research tech 6 yrs-->Systems Analyst, Lab automation and Robotics, 5 yrs--> Senior Analyst, Trained while here by company for new SAP system as the IT QM analyst lead, 5 yrs -->independent consultant,1996-present, 16 yrs.

    Joe FF

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  • Mar 27, 2012 at 06:20 AM

    Degree in Classics (Greek & Latin) -> graduate recruitment into Esso Petroleum, Database Support Group (IMS) -> 1st task write backup & recovery system for monster project, which turned out to be R/2 4.1d implementation -> never looked back :-)

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    Mar 27, 2013 at 08:36 AM

    Hi Tom,

    My path does not include a degree...

    Left school aged 18 into work as a programmer - no prior experience, but good at logic/Maths. 14 years with 3 programming languages (3 and 4GLs) various DB's and Operating Systems. Lots of time on client sites. Recruited to SAP Consultancy, training courses in Basis (told if I failed I had to repay all training and relocation costs [approx £20,000] ! - so I passed). Five years or so in a consultancy & teaching Basis for SAP. Now freelance for about 10 years.

    Lesson learnt - you don't need a degree to get on. We have an apprentice programme at my current client and they are training people up. Better to get on to Code Academy and learn Perl. That's what I'mn teaching my 13 year old daughter - and I'm learning Perl myself.

    Cheers,

    Graham

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    Jun 25, 2013 at 06:09 AM

    Bachelors in Engineering -> SAP Technical Consultant -> SAP Certified -> SAP TechnoFunctional Consultant -> SAP Freelance Consultant & Trainer in multiple countries (Registered Vendor for SAP) -> SAP Project Manager -> SAP Chief Technology Officer

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  • Apr 01, 2014 at 02:06 AM

    Hi Thomas

    Small business grocery shop whilst at School and University (practical groundings in procurement, AR, AP, cash management, stock and order fulfilment, etc) > Bachelor's Degree (IT - Information Systems which included SAP/ERP) --:> Graduate Program --> SAP Service Desk --> SAP Functional Analyst for FICO/MM/AA/PM/PP --> SAP User Admin --> literally on hands and knees begging every senior team member and contractor/consultant please give me something to do as I hate clock watching and happy to do any grunt work you don't want to do which results in SAP User Admin Automation/Data Analysis/Project Cutovers as well as carpet burns to my knees --> SAP Security.

    Still in SAP Security --> Certifications --> SAP GRC as well --> Self education in Audit (maintaining and adding to skill base never stops)

    Cheers

    Colleen

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    • love the part ' literally on hands and knees begging every senior team member and contractor/consultant' I am smiling to my computer screen here now. Been there, know it... high five to you, buddy! loool
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    Sep 11, 2014 at 09:29 AM

    Hi Thomas,

    It is very inspiring thread, the way you shared your experience and every one is following too.

    Masters (MBA-HR) --> Officer Trainee in Personnel Dept. (9 months) --> Hr Executive in IT Company (2 yrs) --> Resign the job and started learning SAP-HR and joined as Recruitment Executive in Recruitment consultancy --> Started SAP Carrier as SAP HR Fresher with help of my friend reference in their company (small company) --> switch to other company (Big firm) as SAP HR Consultant.

    Best Regards,

    Praneeth kumar

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    Mar 26, 2012 at 08:33 PM

    Hi,

    nice blog :-)

    Bachelor's --> Master's --> Entry Level Job (IT Consultant non SAP ,4 years) --> Hired --> SAP functional (4Y)

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    Mar 27, 2012 at 06:36 AM

    Associate Degree in IT ---> SAP ABAP Training (got the training through employer) ---> Development Consultant(Major in SAP area)

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    • Former Member Former Member

      Hi,

      I finished my bachelor's degree in ECE->got job in a startup company as ABAP DEVELOPER.

      Actually there was a agreement between me and the company,

      They will provide me 6 months training in ABAP,and I have to work for another six month WITH OUT SALARY.

      And now am on my 9 month ,learned programming very well,but am not specialised in any other functional module.

      This is my path.

      Any comments??

      Thanks

      Askar

  • Mar 27, 2012 at 11:40 PM

    with an MBA and CPA under my belt i got hooked on Vinnie Mirchandani's research papers (SAP: Hope Of The Future Or Legacy Of The Past) when i was doing intercompany accounting for Gartner Group. After that came KPMG and IBM, and I'm still getting excited when learning something new every day, especially when it's in Deutschglish.

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    • Hi Tom,

      CPA designation provides a model of business practice which in many respects can help one become an independent practitioner as there are many CPA's who work in all sizes of business organizations from PwC down to solo practitioners and every size in between. Big 4 (or 5 at the time) were instrumental in SAP's success in the corporate back office operations transformation. I don't consider it absolutely necessary to be a CPA to configure FI module but I have found that CPAs make some of the greatest business analysts around and add business perspective to sometimes too narrowly focused marketing or engineering folk. Think of the roots of Accenture and IBM's GBS.

      but this is just my personal biased opinion.