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Is SAP HCM training/certification worth taking a risk and money?

Former Member
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I am based in one of the metro cities and have around 5 years of experience in HR-Recruitment field, current working with a big5 consulting firm. I sense a very slow career growth in my field and am planning to go for a SAP HCM certification. I checked with ATOS and they are charging a whopping amount of 4 Laks.

The amount is very high and also I fear of losing my current role. I am unable to decide shall I go ahead with my plan or shall I continue doing my current job.

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moazzam_ali
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Hi

You really need to ask this from yourself. If you can't afford SAP certification and training fee than this is useless to debate on. If you can afford than you'll need to sacrifice your money and time and take a risk.

There are lot of SAP guys looking for some entry in SAP market. If you get training and pass certification exam you still have to put efforts in job hunting and you might have to start career as fresh guy. This means from low salary but as far as growth is concerned you'll have goods jumps and quick growth in SAP.

In short I'll suggest you to put all pros and cons in your mind and decide are you in such position to take this risk?

Thank$

Former Member
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Hi Moazza,

thank you for your reply. The answer I am looking for is - how does the career look like in SAP HCM for a person who has 5 years of experience in HR field. I can definitately afford the money but does it worth or I should take the training from local institute and get a job.

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Hi Amit,

Yes definitely its worth taking SAP certification rather than going for local institute. The Quality of learning itself will show you where could you see yourself after couple of years.

Good Luck

Regards.

Jay

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Hi Amit,

First of all you have already 5 years of experience in your domain and now going for a SAP HCM Course seperately and then coming back to find a SAP HR consultant job after getting certified might be late for you and there is no guarantee that you will be getting a SAP HR Consultant job of your choice easily after spendinig a whopping fee to the institute.

So I would say the best way to enter in SAP HR job market for you would be enter into an organisation where sap application is used and try to work in your domain but use sap application as an end user. Also side by side start learning SAP HR module from a smaller institute who might charge nominal fee and after your learning is complete start searching sap jobs in the market. In this way you will not be loosing much financially and also your dream might be fulfilled to get into sap.

Your chance of hier might be lateral HR or trained Hier instead of experienced hier for SAP HR.

Thanks & Regards

Subhasish

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I was also have 6 years of functional experience before coming into this field. I took a drop of one year, and studied for certification. I was based in a small town where there was just one good company into SAP. So I joined that, gained good knowledge and learned how to deal with the clients. Worked there for 3 years at a low salary (it was quite low. But in metros you have good options, so you might expect more, and this was 4 years back, so that time in small town like Indore, the salary was very low as compared to Indore). Now I am in Mumbai, and earning a very good package. It surely takes time, but within this span of time, your money will be refunded to you. If you get a good branded company, it can be repaid within a year.

So, I would suggest, do try for this, and clear your certification, which will give you added advantage. Do not bother if you get a small company at an initial level. Rather I would suggest to try for a small company first, as you get to learn a lot from there. In MNC, you will have limited scope. But if you go for a small company at an initial level, your learning will be good. But yes, package will be less. I feel at initial stage in SAP career, package should not be the constraint. If you do your work sincerely, and honestly, you definately get paid in future with a good reward.

So I would suggest, do go for the certification. If you cannot afford the classroom training, go for online training (which I had also done), it might be cheaper than the classroom training.

All the best, and do your best.

Regards,

Bhagyashree

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Sir,

Your advice has remove the sting from risk taking.  Excellent guidance.  Anyone will feel encouraged.

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You can also opt for educational loan, which you will get easily from SBI.


Regards,

Bhagyashree

ShrutiJoshi
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Hi Amit

SuccessFactors is the future of SAP HCM. Gradually clients would start converting from the legacy on-premise systems to cloud based SF solution. So I dont see a point in investing bulk money and time in something which would be phasing out. Instead start reading on SuccessFactors and explore the certification opportunity in it. Currently there are a number of HCM consultants in the market so getting in for a fresher becomes difficult. On the other hand SF has far lesser certified consultants and is a growing technology. So think through thoroughly before taking a decision.