You're already working in SAP, but you have a low-level role. Maybe your boss isn't giving you the nod for a higher-level position because your only experience is on the job and he or she doesn't perceive you to be ready to take on more responsibility. You're getting frustrated and know you're capable of more. Would certification be a way to prove it?
Certification is not going to provide instant gratification in your career aspirations, according to SearchSAP.com career expert Jon Reed. It will, if you're interested, expand your skills and potentially become a tie-breaker if you are competing with an otherwise equally qualified candidate. It is possible that getting certified will help your employer understand that you are highly motivated and dedicated to your field and thus should be considered for advancement, but you have to realistically assess your situation to determine whether the cost is worth it.
Scenario 1: I'm not sure if I need certification
Scenario 2: I think certification might advance my career. Should I go for it?
Scenario 3: I wonder if my current skills will help me get certified.
Scenario 4: I'm certified. Why haven't I received a job offer?
Scenario 5: Which certification will work the best for me?
Review: Conclusion and more resources
This was first published in December 2005