I think this sounds like a mouth-watering opportunity for some recruiters, but I do have 2 problems. Probably most...
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importantly, I was forced to resign my 18-year airline career in the spring of 2003, due to family problems. Next, my family is pretty much rooted in a small market (comparitively speaking) in Tulsa, OK.
My question is this: Considering my 2 year absence from the security and development arena and considering that I am pretty much stuck in Oklahoma, do I still have career possibilities in SAP/Security? The latest version that I worked on was 4.6C, and I am certified in IT security work as a CISSP.
SAP is not very forgiving in terms of taking time off of projects; and for that matter, in any IT career, it can be very hard to get back on track even if the reasons for your time off are totally understandable and legitimate. You face an additional obstacle, which is that you seem to be restricted in your options to the local market in Tulsa. Since you can count the number of SAP installs in Tulsa on one hand, it will be pretty easy for you to find out the answer to your own question: just apply to all the companies implementing SAP locally and see what happens. Based on the response level you receive, you'll get a very good idea of whether or not SAP is still a viable career path for you locally.
You can expect that the companies you apply to will have access to folks who have more current project experience than you do. But you have an advantage also: you are based locally, which means no relocation or travel expenses. So that's your advantage, and it's enough to give it a shot and see what happens. If you can't find a new position, then your crossroads will be clear: move to another area to pursue SAP, or transition into a different career path. I suspect you would choose the latter. It may be that you find yourself working with smaller companies and using your ERP security skills in different kinds of ERP environments. Good luck!
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