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SAP, long the gold standard of IT employment, is feeling the global economic crisis. SAP’s growth has slowed, the company is taking cost-cutting measures and there are many frustrated SAP job seekers out in the marketplace.
On the assumption that the global economy will not recover for at least 18 months, what should SAPers — whether currently employed, or seeking a job — do? Here are some ideas culled from SearchSAP experts over the past several months:
- Build your functional skills. In the future, low-level technical activities such as configuration will be increasingly automated, and there will be greater demand for people who understand both SAP application logic and business processes. Look into getting the BPX certification to learn more about business processes from SAP’s perspective.
- Build your industry credentials. Getting a one-week tech certification isn’t the same as passing something like the APP test offered by the Institute for Supply Management (ISM). A techie who possesses industry credentials will tend to be more employable, all else being equal.
- Build your academic credentials. How about getting a one- or two-year MBA? For non-U.S. residents, there are plenty of credible one-year MBA programs in Europe and India, and you can always apply for a scholarship.
- Keep building your SAP intelligence. SAP technology is constantly shifting, and you need to keep up with current trends even if you take time off to build another aspect of your professional portfolio.
These tips can help you position yourself for an SAP job, or a better SAP job, after the downturn ends.
Demir Barlas, Site Editor