3. Reading Literature
Reading is the best the quality for human being, whatever be profession you are in. If you are not yet a reading freak, then you must immediately switch your modes to a great reader. There are different literature available SCN, SAP Help, Service Market Place, Building Blocks etc. Furthermore, you would having lot of SAP materials, project documents, business process documents, user guides, test scripts etc. The more you read, the more it would be good for you. If you are free for sometime, please do not waste your time at Canteen or Cafeteria, just spend yourself productive reading something. Learning at least one thing by reading, then surely you be a master over a period time.
4. Practice on the System
If you have access to the system, then you should consider it as a great privilege. Many people are not even fortunate enough to have the access to SAP system. Therefore, if you have access to SAP system, you should make full use of that. Try as much as practice that you can. Make use of building blocks and how to documents etc. that are available. Some of these documents are really good, even a fresher can start learning, just by following the instructions given in the documents. Write down a plan for next one month, track your practice performance on a daily basis. I am confident if you practice like this on a daily basis, you would surely get adequate confidence to handle the complex scenarios.
5. Mentoring People
You should always consider that the mentoring is a great opportunity. You should not hold back yourself to mentor people around you. The mentoring will not only develops the good human relations, but also give you a chance to refresh your knowledge and skills. Mentoring need not necessarily be technical mentoring, it would be guiding, directing, monitoring, advising or motivating the people around you. This would give you a confidence that you can be a good constructor. When people start believing your abilities, then it gives you an additional boost to your inner abilities, this is the great starting point for a new journey.
6. Sharing Knowledge
The more you share your knowledge, it would come back to you with double knowledge. Therefore, you should never hesitate yourself to share your knowledge. There are many people who are always reluctant to share their knowledge because of their insecurity feeling. If somebody is in need to know something, explain them with the best possible way, it would definitely give you a benefit. Whatever, you are explaining to the other people would be remembered by you for life long. If you read something you could tend to forget in 10 days, if you see something, you could tend to forget in 10 months, but, if you explain something, surely, you would remember it for 10 years. Therefore, learn something by sharing your knowledge.
7. Attending Seminars
There are number of seminars / conferences you would see, something like Tech-Eds, SAP Sapphires, ASUG Annual Conferences or other related conferences. I understand they are really expensive, but whenever there is a chance and you have ability to participate, you should always make use of it. Particularly, if you go to Tech-Eds, you would see lot of excitement and you will be refreshed with number of new technologies happening around SAP. It is the main reason some of the companies would send their employees or encourage to attend these type of events. Try to attend these event and update your knowledge levels.
8. Discussion with Peers
SAP is a ocean and if somebody says they are champions, then just forget those words. Knowing few transaction codes / programs, does not make anybody a champion. If you practice 10 times more than me, then you would get better skills than me, if somebody practice 10 times more than you, then that person would be a master. Therefore, we should not hesitate to discuss with peers and colleagues. There is no rule that we should know every things. Sometimes, even senior consultants would learn few things from the junior consultants. It is always a good practice to keep your discussions open with peers / colleagues, it would really help you in your learning.
9. Attain industry knowledge
Being a SAP consultant, you would be expected to work in different industries like Public Sector, Utilities, FMCG, Banking, Chemical, Metal, Oil etc. Therefore, it is not just configuring and testing some SAP transactions. We should always update our business process knowledge and industry knowledge relating to various industries. I understand it would take years and years to master the industry knowledge relating to a single industry, however, at least we should have basic understanding about different industries. Therefore, it would always be good idea to read various journals / annual accounts or watching videos would be helpful to a greater extent.
Please do not think that leadership is something related to the top management. Every individual is a leader in his / her own abilities. Therefore, learning the leadership qualities is always a continuous process. Leadership does not mean that you need to command somebody. You need to take the ownership of the situation an able to direct, protect and guide your sub-ordinates. The foremost quality of the leader is believing in your own abilities first, then you should direct others. When you are in knowledge driven industry, you should have enough confidence in your knowledge levels to drive them towards the common goal of succeeding the project.
One must always keep the path open for new experiences. Always be willing to learn new things, discover the unfamiliar and venture into terrains that previously looked difficult or challenging. Set new goals and objectives. The enlightenment experience is essential for gaining new experiences in life. These experiences lead you to be a better person and educates you to deal with the challenges life throws at you and survive unscathed.
There are always new things to learn and discover; study new languages, find about cultures, norms, values of other societies, and search geographical locations and history. Find why squirrels bury nuts and octopuses have three hearts. Keep learning new things every day, it will keep you fresh and energized and keep the brain cells active. The world is a big whirlpool of knowledge. There will always be stuff you didn’t know and facts you were not aware of.
Reading has always been a fundamental part of the learning process. Reading increases your knowledge and makes you wiser. A good book can teach you what many other mediums may not.
"Books make great gifts because they have whole worlds inside of them." — Neil Gaiman.
Books entail a large amount of information, the reason they have always been treasured by the wise as being knowledge banks. There is no better pastime than reading a good book, nor a greater friend.
Vacations are a very good time to spend in learning new stuff (click here to earn a travel grant!). Has something intrigued you but you never had the time to explore it? Plan a research during the vacations. List the important points. Make a journal. Also, exchange with your friends what you learned over the summer and schedule an intellectual conversation over topics of interest. Share what you discovered. Learn new skills. A friend knows a special skill? Show some eagerness and request that friend to teach you too. Someone knows how to fix everyday household items, ask him/ her to show you how to do it. Learn glass painting, origami, cooking, website designing. Anything! Don’t just limit yourself.
We are lucky to have the web at our disposal. Tutorials ranging from cooking classes to how to learn Turkish can be found online. Make good use of it and increase your productivity by learning new skills and trying your aptitude at a talent you might not know existed in you. Trying new things is also a very good therapy to relieve stress from everyday chores. Make it part of your routine to try new things and tag your friends along too.
The positive aspect is there is no age bar to the learning process. Engage yourself to learn that which you do not know. Being a student is one of the best feelings. Be a student again!
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Written by Sadia Sheikh, from Pakistan.
Sadia Sheikh is an Engineer who believes in the power of faith and optimism. She loves sports, freelance writing and has keen interest in technology and international affairs.
She resides in Pakistan. Follow her at aznou.unas.cz