A trainee program to better your career

Even though this ZDNet Asia reader has ABAP certification, landing an SAP-related job remains a challenge.

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Q. I had five years of programming experience before I decided to take up ABAP training and certification. Now I seem to have a harder time looking for SAP-related employment.

What can I do to improve my employment chances?

Career advice from Stella Thevarakam, regional HR director of management and technology consulting firm ISS Consulting (M):

I would suggest you join a trainee program in any one of the SAP partners and take your career in SAP from there.

It may be a temporary salary cut, but usually after the training, the salary rise is quick and you will catch up very fast with your career.