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A New Home in the New Year for SAP Community!

Corporate applicants to the digital skills initiative: Tell us your story!

David_Chaviano
Employee
Employee

Note: Pre-existing SAP professionals within the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) will no longer be considered for this initiative. The share of free certifications distributed to professionals within the Middle East and North Africa has been high and the remaining certifications will be now be reserved for newcomers to the SAP ecosystem. 

Campaign code redemption requests from MENA will no longer be accepted.  Newcomers from MENA are asked to sign up as instructed below, then present their first name, last name, street address and national ID number along with their SAP Learning Journey completion to digitalskills@sap.com to receive their free certification attempt. Thank you for understanding.

 

Hi all,

The digital skills initiative is primarily aimed toward people generally considered to be "underrepresented" in the technology industry. The definition of "underrepresented" can vary from region to region, but as the name betrays it is generally groups of people not normally associated with tech jobs in your local area. The reasons behind can range from a lack of access to high level education due to living in a remote area to systemic inequality in a particular region. 

For those corporate applicants to the initiative who did make it into the tech industry: we want to hear a bit more about you! Share some inspiration for the newcomers to the SAP ecosystem and tell us why you belong to an underrepresented group in tech and how you made your way into the industry despite that.

We want to hear from you! Share your story as a reply to the discussion below, then send me a private message with your email address. If you are a digital skills initiative applicant who already completed a learning journey, I will send you your free certification attempt. 

Note: if you do not yet have a username in the SAP Community, see the demo at the bottom of this blog in order to participate.

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mehmetaytac
Galactic 2
Galactic 2

I was studying Civil Engineering before graduating from Industrial Engineering. However, I left Civil Engineering by making a radical decision. After graduating from Industrial Engineering, I came across SAP consultancy job advertisements by coincidence and applied, and I never thought I'd have a job like this.  Here we are 🙂 🙂

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@mehmetaytac , cool story! Was there a particular event in your life that made you change your focus? Or simply a matter of job market and opportunity? 

Mostly because of my interests

reshmarajabali
Galactic 1
Galactic 1
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I am a Computer Engineer graduate. After completing my Graduation, I struggled a lot to get into proper IT job, even though I was a computer engineer. I realized that learning new skills and regularly upgrading my skills is the key to remain relevant in the IT market. Digital Skills initiative has been really helpful to learn new skills.

Ozan_yanık
Galactic 1
Galactic 1

I graduated from the chemistry department. I was working in the quality control lab of a pharmaceutical company. I met SAP at the company I work for. I did some reading on quality management. I am now a QM consultant. 🙂

rayyavu
Galactic 1
Galactic 1

SAP's digital skill initiatives programmes  helps by bridging the digital skills gap and enabling people and organisations to embrace the digital future. I was able to swiftly grasp the most recent technologies, such as SAP BUILD products on SAP BTP, SAP Extension development on Kyma, SAP Signavio, and SAP Datasphere, by watching recorded sessions and reading articles on SAP Learning Hub and other SAP platforms written by SAP specialists. 

Ahmad_Abdullah
Galactic 1
Galactic 1


In a world driven by technology, my passion for innovation led me to embark on a remarkable journey with the SAP system. With a strong desire to contribute to the digital transformation of businesses, I delved into the realm of SAP, discovering a world of endless possibilities and opportunities for growth.

Embarking on the SAP Path:
My journey with the SAP system began with a curiosity to explore its comprehensive functionality and its ability to integrate various business operations seamlessly. Recognizing the significance of SAP in today’s corporate landscape, I embarked on a dedicated path of learning and self-improvement.

Acquiring Knowledge and Skills:
I immersed myself in SAP training courses, online resources, and practical projects to deepen my understanding of SAP modules and their application in real-world scenarios. The extensive knowledge I gained allowed me to navigate through SAP’s complex ecosystem with confidence and efficiency.

Making an Impact:
Armed with my newfound SAP skills, I sought opportunities to make a tangible impact within organizations. From streamlining financial processes and optimizing supply chain management to enhancing human resources functions, I leveraged the power of SAP to drive operational excellence and deliver measurable results.

Collaboration and Innovation:
One of the most rewarding aspects of my SAP journey has been the opportunity to collaborate with cross-functional teams. By effectively communicating and aligning our objectives, we harnessed the potential of SAP to foster innovation, identify areas for improvement, and implement transformative solutions that propelled business success.

Continuous Growth and Adaptation:
The world of SAP is ever-evolving, and I have embraced the ethos of lifelong learning. Keeping pace with the latest SAP advancements, I have expanded my skill set, obtained certifications, and actively participated in SAP communities. This commitment to continuous growth has enabled me to stay at the forefront of SAP technologies and best practices.

Looking Ahead:
As I reflect on my journey with the SAP system, I am excited about the future possibilities. The digital era demands agile professionals who can harness the power of SAP to drive organizational excellence and unlock new avenues for growth. I am eager to continue exploring innovative solutions, collaborating with talented individuals, and making a meaningful impact on businesses through my expertise in the SAP system.

Conclusion:
My experience with the SAP system has been nothing short of transformative. From its vast functionality to its ability to revolutionize business operations, SAP has become an indispensable tool in my professional arsenal. As I navigate the dynamic world of technology, I am confident that my journey with the SAP system will continue to shape my career, empower organizations, and contribute to the ever-evolving landscape of digital transformation.

kousik
Galactic 1
Galactic 1

In today's world of digital transformation having digital skills is of utmost importance. SAP digital skills initiative is the first step towards thriving professionally in this digital world with confidence. And what better than having SAP skills along with SAP certification can equip me and help me in having a strong footing in the Multi Cloud environment.

ankushs350
Galactic 1
Galactic 1

I was in my graduation last year when my cousin's friend introduced me to SAP ecosystem. My major subject in graduation was Materials Management and my cousin's friend shared about the MM module in SAP, I find all the similarity in SAP MM module and my graduation major subjects that's how I choose to pursue my career in SAP. 

Rest is history and since that day I am learning every day to keep myself updated in SAP ecosystem. 

MuratV
Galactic 1
Galactic 1

I met with SAP almost 13 years ago when i was working as Jet Plane Technician. Then I've worked as SAP Help Desk analyst. Then i had chance to work in industrial manufacturing companies as Production Planning and Logistics responsible and also SAP Key User. Finally i got chance to work as PP Consultant. I am really very eager to learn new subjects about SAP digital skills. This learning journey was really enjoyable and helpful for me. Hope to get my first certificate with this journey.

hyigitgur
Galactic 1
Galactic 1

One year ago, I graduated as Textile Engineer and if you had asked me about what I am planning to do after graduation at those times, you took an answers about jobs in textile industry. I knew that, I was pretty sure that I want to be part of dynamic jobs. Then somehow I met consultancy and SAP! This was a breaking point of my career. After a year with full of studying hard and working hard from zero, here I am. Keep sharpening your skills mates!

yousefm96
Galactic 1
Galactic 1

I have graduated as a petroleum engineer, and have worked for 3 Years as a real estate consultant. I always aim to develop myself and gain new knowledge everyday as i always believe " the day you stop learning, the day you grow up. When my friend told me about Consultancy with SAP, i saw it as an incredible opportunity satisfying my passion towards development.

Beltagy99
Galactic 1
Galactic 1

I graduated from electromechanical engineering and I was told about by some of my friends at first I didn't get what is it and how does it work but then I loved and enjoyed every step of learning all about it and i would love to take the free attempt to prove my skills.

BilalFaikoglu
Galactic 1
Galactic 1

Hi,

After graduation for uni, I have a plan to get a job about business analysis and SAP was the most important option on my route. Because there is a huge community in my country, it would be a good idea to join that area. By the years have gone, technology is changing and I have to concentrate on changes on SAP, starting from ECC 4.6 to Public cloud versions, so journey is continuing:)

gauri-deshpande
Galactic 2
Galactic 2
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I am HR professional. I have domain experience and working in a leading tech company on SAP platform. I am passionate about SAP consulting. I wished to complete SAP SF certification and this will give me opportunity to fulfill my desire to be a certified SAP SF professional. 

mohamed_997
Galactic 1
Galactic 1

Ive studied engineering but I had a great passion towards business and technology and SAP consultancy was the one and only path to fulfill this passion and merge between tech and business.
Thanks to the SAP Digital Skills center efforts, I am now equipped with the knowledge and resources to thrive in my exciting job as an SAP Consultant.

Kabbani
Galactic 1
Galactic 1

Ive been working as SAP FICO consultant for two years now. The best journy ever, full of experience and new challenges. The best thing ever about SAP consultancy as a career, there is no routine work, always new industries and new solution implementation. SAP's digital skill free courses has enriched my knowledger and experience thorgh those free courses, adding so much about SAP in general and business process integration, also about SAP cloud. This learning journey was really resoursefull and helpful. Hope to get my free certificate attempt with this.

mnaser395
Galactic 1
Galactic 1
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Hello

I'm interested to join the beginners coner and looking forward to learn more about SAP

haithem41
Galactic 1
Galactic 1

My story with SAP start back in 2021 when a friend of mine introduce me to it.

after graduation, i worked in various jobs, but i always felt that I’m missing something, that i can do more and be in a position where i can make a greater impact and i always was curious about other people jobs and what they do, until one friend told me about his work as an sap consultant, the idea of helping companies to have a Digital transformation was exciting for me specially that i live in a country where we still far behind in term of digital infrastructure. 
it was challenging at first, specially I’m not from an IT Backround since i studied management of distribution, with time using various sources like youtube and LinkedIn, i could take my first step into the sap ecosystem and get my first job related to my new sap skill back in November 2022. 
until this day im still learning new things every day, and my ambition never been greater

i hope my journey could inspire someone to have a career in sap and who knows maybe we will work on the same project one day 

Mm83m4
Galactic 1
Galactic 1

I graduated from a college of commerce and worked as a customer accountant for 5 years. I also obtained a certificate in networks and another in Oracle Development. After that, I worked in the support team for SAP at my company. Then, I studied the Sales and Distribution module and became a consultant.

jagan3
Galactic 1
Galactic 1

i graduated in electronics department,initially i sufferd to get a job in sap field.then taken a course on sap and joined  as a consultant. i hope this free cetification will help me in improving my skill set.

Thanks sap for support !!

CassYu
Galactic 1
Galactic 1
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Good day David,

I come across to SAP field for few years and realize the importance of self learning and self growth. SAP's digital skill initiatives programs play a vital role in addressing the digital skills gap and empowering individuals and organizations to embrace the opportunities presented by the digital future.

Looking forward for more exciting learning journey.

 

nada-qasrawi
Galactic 1
Galactic 1

Hi all 🙂 I am a girl who is just in LOVE with anything related to IT. I was introduced to SAP first time when my company decided to adopt SAP ECC as its ERP system. The more I dag deeper into SAP the more I fell in love with SAP. It was hard to learn SAP properly since I am in Jordan, and here SAP is not adopted in many organizations and the learning resources are rare, but I struggled and learned more about SAP Utilities, MM, PM, PS, and PI/PO, and was certified in Utilities, MM, PM and PS. Though it is a big struggle, it is a sweet one, where learning is fun and challenging. 

aberawi
Galactic 1
Galactic 1
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SAP MM Consultant from Jordan  with 15+ years of extensive experience in analyzing issues in Complex Business processes, blueprints, functional and technical design, configuration, gap analysis to customization, unit and integration testing, preparing Functional Specifications, User Manuals, Reports, Go-Live and Post Go-Live support.

looking forward to be certified in more modules.

Frizzel_Tino
Galactic 1
Galactic 1

I graduated as a polymer engineer in 2020, I have always been fascinated by the intricacies of manufacturing processes and had dedicated the few months, I was working as a production engineer to honing the skills in optimizing production lines. I worked diligently at a data card manufacturing organization, striving to improve efficiency and quality.

While attending a conference on industrial automation back in 2021, there was a presentation about SAP. The speaker passionately described how SAP software revolutionized the way businesses managed their operations, streamlining processes and providing real-time insights for decision-making. Intrigued by the possibilities, I decided to delve deeper into this mysterious world of SAP.

My curiosity led me to an online forum dedicated to SAP enthusiasts. Here, I discovered a vibrant community of professionals sharing their experiences and knowledge about SAP implementation and usage. Inspired by the stories of successful transformations and the potential for career growth, I became determined to explore SAP further.

With unwavering determination, I embarked on a journey of self-learning. Devouring books, online tutorials, and attended webinars to gain a comprehensive understanding of SAP's various modules and functionalities. Gradually, I began to grasp the immense power that SAP held in transforming businesses across industries.

And here I am today, 

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A disciplined self-learner! Very cool. Let me know what you think of the learning experience on learning.sap.com! 

ayayi_jj
Galactic 1
Galactic 1

Hi @David_Chaviano 

As someone who is brand new to the SAP ecosystem and passionate about gaining digital skills, I am really grateful to be part of this initiative. I understand the importance of diversity and inclusion in the tech industry and I am eager to learn SAP.

Thank you again for bringing this opportunity  and I appreciate your assistance  and I am excited about the potential it holds for my personal and professional growth.

Best regards,

Jerry

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Hi @ayayi_jj ,

Thanks for sharing! We have outlined some more details on the folks we are targeting with this initiative.

Let me know if you feel like you are a good fit!

UmaIyer
Galactic 1
Galactic 1

Hi 

I am woman from India and i actively wanted to be a part of supply chain industry which is still male dominated.

I came across SAP'S APO as a part of my job and still amazed by its market share.

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Thanks! 

SAPchamp1972_
Stellar 2
Stellar 2

Hi @David_Chaviano to start I chose my educational career in computer science and in mid of my graduation I heard about SAP from one of our great teachers that his relative professional path in SAP by applying in IBM etc. from there I took interest in SAP and started to learn about SAP products and its innovation.

Looking at SAP working on multiple products and Empowering businesses for a better future.

After my graduation learning a lot about new innovative technologies SAP working was hoping to get certified to one of the SAP products to kickstart my career in SAP.

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Thanks for sharing! Click here for the sort of folks we are looking for with this program.

Let me know if you feel like you are a good fit!

mustafa-061
Stellar 2
Stellar 2
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Hi @David_Chaviano ,

I am currently studying as a Bachelors student. I heard from a friend he is working in SAP field and from there I took motivation and started learning about SAP products i.e(SAP BTP, SAP IOT)etc.

Once my academic completion I will be choosing SAP career by applying one of the company.


However I am currently going through OpenSAP courses and SAP journey and soon I will be working on an SAP product.

Thanks

mariah123
Galactic 2
Galactic 2

Hi @David_Chaviano ,

I am a highly motivated professional with a diverse background and a strong passion for technology. I hold a Bachelor's degree in Dental Sciences and have worked as a Dental Surgeon in several clinics. However, due to the sudden lockdown imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic, I made the decision to explore a new career path.

 

During my time at home, I decided to utilize the opportunity to learn computer programming skills. Building on my prior exposure to programming during my secondary education, where I completed a computer programming course at Aptech, I focused on expanding my knowledge in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. This self-directed learning led me to develop a couple of websites to further enhance my programming skills.

 

It was during this period that I came across a job posting on Facebook for a Programmer Trainee position in a software house. Eager to apply my newfound skills and gain practical experience, I joined the company as a trainee. Over the course of three months, I consistently demonstrated my dedication and ability to learn, which led to my promotion as a Junior Application Developer.

 

As a Junior Application Developer, I have been involved in various mobile application development and upgrade projects. However, one of my most notable achievements was when I successfully integrated SAP ERP with a third-party .NET application using SAP Cloud Platform Integration (CPI), a middleware technology. I took the initiative to learn and implement interfaces, and I independently deployed them. This accomplishment not only showcased my technical skills but also highlighted my ability to work effectively within a team. Although these are just a couple of interfaces those I have developed through using SAP CPI but more in depth still learning and theory is still on the go.

 

Since then, I have become an integral part of the integration team as a junior, specializing more in SAP-based integrations through SAP Cloud Platform Integration (CPI). I continuously strive to stay updated with the latest advancements in SAP CPI and integration technologies, ensuring that our solutions align with industry best practices.

 

With my strong foundation in dental sciences, combined with my newfound passion for programming and integration, I bring a unique set of skills and perspectives to the table. I am committed to leveraging my diverse background to drive innovation, solve complex problems, and deliver exceptional results as a SAP Integration Consultant.

 

Thank you for considering my profile, and I look forward to the opportunity to contribute through learning SAP Technologies and make myself a Certified Professional

Hi @mariah123 - very cool story. Thanks for sharing. What was the timespan that it took for you to upskill from dental science to SAP BTP?

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Thank you for your kind words and your interest in my journey! I'm thrilled to share the timespan of my transition from dental science to SAP BTP with you.

It took me around a year to upskill and make the transition. However, I'd like to clarify that it wasn't a sudden shift for me. During my secondary classes, I had the opportunity to get some basics in computer skills from a computer institute. So, when the COVID situation emerged, it became a turning point in my life, making me realize the untapped potential and possibilities beyond dental science.

Once I started learning SAP BTP, I quickly discovered my passion for it, and I felt a strong sense of conviction that this path was meant for me. This conviction fueled my dedication, and I embraced the learning process wholeheartedly.

While the actual duration of transition may seem relatively short, it's essential to understand that the foundations I built during my secondary classes played a significant role in preparing me for this journey. So, in depth, I would say my journey has been a combination of preparation and dedication over the years, leading up to this point. Cheers!!!

ahsan_moin3
Galactic 1
Galactic 1

I Ahsan Moin was a dedicated and ambitious professional who began his career in the field of SAP as a SAP PMO (Project Management Officer). Although i enjoyed working in this role, I had always been fascinated by the potential of SAP SuccessFactors and wanted to explore its possibilities further.

One day, an opportunity presented itself for I to transfer to the SAP SuccessFactors team. This was the chance I had been waiting for, and I eagerly accepted the offer. I knew that this transition would require additional knowledge and expertise in the SuccessFactors domain.

I wasted no time in embarking on my learning journey. I enrolled in a renowned online learning hub that specialized in SAP SuccessFactors. The learning hub offered comprehensive courses and resources that covered various aspects of SuccessFactors, including the Learning Management System (LMS).

For months, I immersed myself in the online courses, diligently studying and practicing my newly acquired skills. I realized that the SuccessFactors LMS had immense potential to revolutionize the way organizations managed their training and development programs.

Driven by my passion for SAP SuccessFactors, I decided to pursue the SAP SuccessFactors LMS certification. I dedicated countless hours to studying the intricacies of the system, its functionalities, and its best practices. I took practice exams, sought guidance from experts, and refined my knowledge.

Finally, the day of the certification exam arrived. I walked into the testing center with a mix of excitement and nervousness. I knew that this certification would validate my expertise in SAP SuccessFactors LMS and open up new doors of opportunity for me.

As I sat down to take the exam, My mind remained focused. I carefully analyzed each question, drawing from my extensive preparation and practical experience. Time seemed to fly by, and before I knew it, I had completed the exam.

Days turned into weeks as I anxiously awaited the results. The anticipation was both thrilling and nerve-wracking. Finally, the email I had been waiting for arrived. With a racing heart, I opened it to find the words I had longed to read: "Congratulations! You have successfully passed the SAP SuccessFactors LMS certification exam."

My joy knew no bounds. I had achieved my goal and become a certified SAP SuccessFactors LMS professional. Equipped with this prestigious certification, I was ready to make a greater impact in the world of SAP SuccessFactors.

I began actively seeking opportunities to apply my expertise and contribute to the success of organizations implementing SuccessFactors. My knowledge of the system's functionalities and best practices made me a valuable asset in implementing and optimizing the SuccessFactors LMS for clients.

With each project, I continued to grow and refine my skills. I collaborated with colleagues, shared my knowledge, and always remained eager to learn more. My dedication and passion for SAP SuccessFactors were evident in every task I undertook.

As time went on, My reputation as a skilled SAP SuccessFactors professional spread far and wide. I became known for my expertise in the SuccessFactors LMS and my commitment to delivering exceptional results for MY clients.

My journey in SAP SuccessFactors was far from over. With my certification as a foundation, I knew there were countless opportunities ahead. I was determined to continue expanding my knowledge, exploring new areas within SuccessFactors, and making a significant impact in the world of HR technology.

And so, My story as a SAP SuccessFactors professional continued, with each chapter bringing new challenges, growth, and fulfillment. The journey was just beginning, and I was excited to see where it would take me next.

 

#sap #successfactors #Tech #Innovation 

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@ahsan_moin3 - Thank you for sharing! Where do you see yourself going next? Will you remain with SuccessFactors?

KathrynKazibwe
Galactic 2
Galactic 2

Hi @David_Chaviano and all on this platform 👋

I guess I could say the tech industry found me, as I always thought I'd be a doctor! 😁 Anyway, I started out as a graduate trainee in Software Services and from there I fell in love with solution development. When the company decided to implement SAP, they advertised for an ABAP developer and I applied despite knowing nothing about SAP at all. My managers were great, and they took a shot on me. I've been developing ABAP programs ever since! 😊

As for inspiration to African women like me, please shoot your shot! Do not discount yourself prematurely. You never know where your opportunity lies.