I have the opportunity to be certified in SAP and I am thinking of a career change to SAP SCM planning, but since I started reading career advice on SearchSAP.com, I am beginning to think this might not be such a good idea.
What are the opportunities out there in SAP and how I can I get a foot in the door if I am prepared to work hard?
One thing I cannot tell from your question is whether your two years in PP are recent or not. This is a key question as it will impact your chances of breaking into SAP a lot. If your two years of PP experience are recent, and you have 4.6 experience, you have a decent chance. If, on the other hand, your PP experience came before your six years in MFG/pro, it's going to be a lot harder to make the switch back into SAP. The MFG/pro experience will help you a bit, but it's not going to be seen on the same level as SAP experience. In that case, I wouldn't say you have no chance of getting back into SAP, but it may be a big challenge, even after you're certified. It will take a lot of marketing, a willingness to travel, and you may also need to be open to full-time positions. You might remain open to other kinds of positions in this case, and not limit yourself to SAP. Oracle, for example, might be an option also.
In this kind of situation, you get your resume out there, interview as much as possible, try to generate more than offer, and take the best one. Whether it is SAP or Oracle or even a small business consulting position with Microsoft may not really matter -- as long as you try to align yourself with a market leader and find a position that will challenge you and relates well to your overall skill set.
This was first published in March 2006