New To SAP …. Considering Career Change… HELP!

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I have a BS degree in Computer Science and worked for a software company for 4 years programming in OO C++ and VB. I took a break for about 2 years and I am ready to get back in the IT industry and have been hearing so much about SAP. I am considering getting into database work, but I have been hearing so much about SAP that I want to see what advice you have for a case like mine on pursuing a career in SAP. I am really stuck and am not sure which direction to go from here. Thanks Isha14

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there is no sure direction.
today’s major can be tomorrow’s major, but just can, no sure.

so, learn all what you can, you will never uses all what you learn, but you will be at least novice, not unaware

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  • DKForrer
    So you think you want to get into SAP. As they say, be careful what you wish for. Actually, it's not such a bad idea. SAP is a major force in the world of business software and is showing no signs of slacking off. But saying you want to get into SAP is like saying you want to get into computers or into sports or into entertainment. The options are enormous. Some areas would be easier for you to get into than others. It's very difficult to get into SAP-proprietary areas such as functional support, Basis, ABAP, BW, etc. without specific experience. Most people get their start in SAP as a result of their company switching to SAP. On the other hand, SAP is opening up to the outside world with its move to NetWeaver. I'd recommend two possible directions for you that could help you work into SAP, but would also be useful if you can't get into SAP. 1) If you have an interest in database work, then go with it. SAP runs on top of standard DBMSs. Our shop uses Oracle, and we have Oracle DBAs that support SAP. Work anywhere as a DBA to get some experience and try to move to an SAP shop down the road. Once you're in an SAP shop, other opportunities may become available to you. 2) SAP's move to NetWeaver opens it up to web-based development using Java. With your OO background, learning Java should be much easier for you as opposed to a former COBOL'er like me who is now working with ABAP. Similar to DBA work, you can get some Java experience elsewhere and use that as your leverage into an SAP shop. Hope this helps. Good luck.
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