During the dotcom boom of the 1990s, companies were hiring new talent left and right. If you were a high school graduate who had read a book about C++ or Java and knew an applet from an executable, then you could probably find a job in IT. In some cases, it could even be high paying!

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Sadly, those days have come and gone. In today's job market you often need a college degree to break in, certification to get a decent salary, and experience to get anything other than the lowest entry-level position. SAP careers are no exception. It's essential to have a proper IT background and SAP-specific training if you want to have any hope of landing an entry level SAP job.

Along the way you will probably encounter some issues. Are you sure that SAP is the right path? Maybe it's not going to turn out to be as wonderful as you think it will. What's the best way to know for sure? What's the best path to take straight out of college? Is certification essential? Why do so many certified IT pros still have trouble breaking in? These are but a few of the questions that may come up as you try to switch to an SAP career.

NOTE: Don't miss Breaking into SAP's companion guides:

This was first published in December 2005

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