So you've recognized and accepted that consulting is not something you can get into without experience. But your heart is still in it and you know SAP consulting is where you want to be. How do you get from where you are now to where you want to be?
If you're willing to work for it, there's no reason why you can't make a name for yourself in SAP consulting. Plan to make a gradual transition. Start by getting a few years of good, solid experience under your belt. Then, try this path suggested by SearchSAP.com career expert Jon Reed in his Ask the Expert responses:
Here's an example of such a process: I know a number of consultants who have moved from a user role, to a "super user role," where they became the point of contact with the functional implementation teams. They added user training skills to that background, and eventually got picked up for consulting roles based on the increasing knowledge of the implementation process. Sometimes when people have trouble getting from point A to point B within SAP it's because they are really trying to go from point A to E. It's hard to skip steps into today's competitive job market, so break down your career path, and you should have excellent results.
Scenario 1: I'm considering switching to SAP
Scenario 2: Should I become a functional or technical consultant?
Scenario 3: Planning the transition to consulting
Scenario 4: How can I avoid outsourcing?
Scenario 5: What's the right area for me to focus on?
Review: Conclusion and more resources
This was first published in December 2005