We all know a lot of companies have started to or are already looking into adopting cloud solutions. And over the past three years I have been speaking with many SAP consultants around the world, working first as a recruiter and now as a consultative career adviser.
Many of the consultants approached me asking if it’s “Too Late” to move into this area; “Have I missed the boat with SuccessFactors training? “Will I be too late to start now?”
As long as you are confident that you have a project lined up for next few years, and you have your plans for the next 5 years.
I have a huge respect for those who have the attitude to grow and are always thinking about their personal development. The most important thing in your career is your attitude to evolve and grow.
So, my question to you is “Have you thought about moving into the cloud?”
If so, try to do something now, not tomorrow, not next week. Sure, you could just as easily start next year, but you have to think about the benefits and advantages you would have by having that gain in terms of time, and working on the “new technologies” as an early adopter. You get to be the first people to be in these new projects. If you know that is the area you want to move into in the future, why not do it now? What is stopping you?
All of us find it difficult to dedicate ourselves when training or preparing for a certification, so here are a few tips that I can give you to kick off your future career.
1.Find a study partner: Try to find a buddy who has a similar goal to you. If you are preparing for a SuccessFactors certification, try to find a colleague who is as dedicated as you towards your goal.
2. Set yourself a realistic timetable for each week and stick to it. If you know you are busy on your current project, don’t set yourself targets that you won’t be able to achieve. It is more motivating to set goals and achieve them than get stuck behind the schedule you have set yourself.
3. Do your research about timings and courses – speak to someone who can give you information to help you set your schedule properly. Especially working with a lot of SAP consultants, I see that there are many consultants who are unclear of the Learning Journey they can use. These journeys are very easy and well structured. You can choose the course that fits your own level and expertise.
4. Pick only one or two modules to focus on. Don’t try to take many certifications, try to stick to one or two that you will be specialised in. It is important for you to have a certification but at the end of the day, it’s not about how many certifications you have, it’s about how much you understand and how you can use that knowledge while working with your client. Especially with cloud solutions, the releases are much more frequent. If you have too many certifications, it will be difficult for you to keep up to date with all of the new releases across the different modules. It is better to be an expert in one or two areas than to try to spread yourself too thinly.
If you would like to discuss any of these points further, please feel free to reach out to me via email firstname.lastname@example.org or in the comments below, I would love to hear your thoughts!
Momo Yamada is a K2 Konnect Project Manager at K2 Partnering Solutions.