As an SAP professional, a question I am often is how does one become an SAP consultant?
There are many methods and paths one can take, however this article will try to answer this question and take it one step further by also answering how to become a successful consultant. Bear in mind, a question like this cannot easily be covered in one go and therefore will be split into two parts.
First of all let me identify the scope of my answer by my definition of success. In my humble opinion a successful consultant is someone who fulfils the following criteria:-
- Has a great reputation with their clients and is often extended on projects.
- Charges a premium for his/her service as the client is aware of their expertise.
Now that we have defined the term success let us go frame the answer to the question by drawing upon my personal experience.
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To give you a short summary, I started life as a finance professional and stumbled upon SAP by chance when I worked for SHELL. From that point onwards I decided to become an SAP consultant and chose the option of specialising in SAP Finance. The good news for anyone looking to start out in SAP is the fact anyone can learn to become an SAP consultant. I recommend, however that you choose to specialise in a field that you already have domain or practical experience if possible. Coming back to my personal journey, after I decided to specialise in SAP finance, I spent all my time consuming everything related to SAP. Fortunately for me the companies I was contracting used SAP therefore I was able to merge my theory and practical experience simultaneously. Despite my exposure to SAP from a front end perspective I knew that in order to elevate to consultant status I needed to learn the backend. Unfortunately this was not an easy route for me and required time, money and commitment which was limited on my end. This concludes Part 1 and in Part 2 I share the rest of my arduous journey to becoming an SAP consultant.
I hope you enjoyed Part 1 and make sure you stay tuned for Part 2.
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