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Breaking into SAP at age 58

Whatever meager exposure I had with SAP (Its implementation in my department) has made me very enthusiastic to learn it and take it up as my next career. Is it worth making such a change at this age? If I get myself trained in SD at a SAP training center and get a certificate, what chances I have to get a job and survive with so many stalwarts around and a tight job market?

I went through earlier questions and your answers and was highly impressed with your expertise on various aspects...

of SAP issues. I too need your advice. I am 58 with very impressive functional background in Sales/Marketing/Service as well as operational areas lasting for 30 years. Whatever meager exposure I had with SAP (Its implementation in my department) has made me very enthusiastic to learn it and take it up as my next career. Is it worth making such a change at this age? If I get myself trained in SD at a SAP training center and get a certificate, what chances I have to get a job and survive with so many stalwarts around and a tight job market? Please help with your wise advice. This matter is of utmost importance to me.


If I were not already experienced in SAP, I would think real hard about seeking SAP out now. Think about what you're up against: SAP is in a slump, the overall economy is in a slump, the IT market has been in a slump for even longer, and SAP's growth is dependent on capital spending from large corporations - the very companies that have been hardest hit by accounting "irregularities," economic stagnation, etc. That's a whole lot for you to take on! There are only two reasons to do it. One is if an SAP opportunity falls in your lap. The other is if you have a total obsession with SAP. And I would find it strange if you did. After all, your core functional expertise in sales/marketing/service could go in many different directions. True, SAP excels in making software for that area, but so do many other vendors. Why not look in other directions, where your overall skills would be a strength? I'm thinking more of the "micro-economy" - local, entrepreneurial businesses that could use a real sales and marketing expert like yourself. Companies like this "make their own rules," or at least they try to, and age is not an issue if you have the skills. It sounds like you're eager for a new challenge, a bit of re-invention. I suggest looking in industries that are less impacted by economic conditions than IT. In the end, building on your core strength might have nothing to do with SAP at all. Good luck.


This was last published in October 2002

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