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Is being conservative a disadvantage in SAP?

With a BSc in engineering plus 20 years experience in marketing in the UK, I have been mostly working with databases. My job titles have ranged from database manager to market planning manager. Is being career conservative a disadvantage in SAP?

My question is, what is my next move? My background is a BSc in engineering plus 20 years experience in marketing in the UK, mostly working with databases of some sort or another. My job titles have ranged from database manager to market planning manager.

The industry sectors I've worked in include utilities, rare materials, engineering, as well as accounting and law

Firms. I have worked at a law firm for the last four years, and during the second year I was team lead for the CRM aspect of a full SAP implementation. Since then I have been in an internal consultancy role, with marketing planning and campaign management as my key area.

I now want to make my next step. Is a consultancy firm the best route or should I be looking at a client-based role, or can you suggest something better? Being fairly conservative, I don't like to take financial risks and I'd rather not contract my mortgage and my kids' education. Any thoughts?

The problem with being conservative is that it can work to your disadvantage in SAP. For example, it may seem more risky to become an SAP consultant, but actually, acquiring SAP skills on multiple projects as a consultant will make you much more marketable and have the effect of increasing your job security.

Obviously, with your concerns about job security, independent consulting is out of the question, but working as an employee for a consulting firm would be a good move for you -- assuming you have enough skills to this point to land such a position. And you certainly might. The only way to find out is to apply and interview with some consulting firms and see if you generate some job offers. Good luck.

This was first published in July 2005

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