You have several years of experience and feel the time is right to consider a switch to consulting. Is it better to chase the hottest technology or to try to continue in your area of expertise?
As career expert Jon Reed repeatedly advises members, the best strategy is always to have a long-term career path. When you're breaking into consulting, the surest means of success is to build on your strengths and head into an area that is most relevant to your past experiences.
One way to determine the right niche is to visit an SAP job board and carefully research the openings. Look for the ones that best match your qualifications. Note the geographical location and the requirements posted. You will easily be able to determine if enough opportunities exist to succeed in a certain area and what your odds are of being competitive for the positions that do exist.
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