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Q: I am currently employed as a works manager in a medium-sized industry and have more than 11 years of experience in projects. I am thinking of doing a course on SAP module. Do let me know which module I should go for. I am also thinking of taking a projects planning management course. Will it help in career advancement? I have done a PDPMD in plastics engineering from CIPET.

Manash Chakraborty

A:You can go in for either of these two modules —Product Planning or Process Modules. Doing a relevant SAP module should be sufficient to get a good opening and further your prospects. A projects planning management course should not be necessary.

Q:I have done a BTech from the West Bengal University of Technology (WBUT) and am now working in the broadband section of Bharti Airtel. I am also doing a course in SAP (FutureSoft ManManagement in ABAP) because I want to change my domain to software. As a fresher, will it be possible to enter a SAP domain? Could you tell me about some companies in Calcutta that are implementing SAP projects so I can apply there?

Nilay Guha

A:A sound background in software is essential if you want to go in for SAP training. It is not clear from your letter whether you are a software professional with an MCA or any other relevant degree or not. If you have appropriate qualifications then being a fresher should not be a problem. You can approach any consulting company in Calcutta for a suitable opening.

Q:I completed my masters in economics in 2004. I have 16 months of work experience in a private firm. However, I had to leave the job in December 2005 due to family obligations. I have been out of work for about two years now. Currently, I am looking for a job again. I am 28 years old. Will it be difficult to get a job with an employment gap of two years? If yes, what do I have to do to land a job?

Meghna Ghosh

A: A gap of two years is likely to have a negative impact on your career progress. Initially, you may have to make compromises in pay and quality of work to get a good break. Eventually these issues will get ironed out if your work is of good quality. But to start with, you may have to reconcile to some adjustments.

Q:I have done my PhD in molecular biology from NIPGR, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. At present, I am looking for a job in the research and development section of a reputed biotech company like Biocone, Wipro, Avesthajen and Okard. I have already applied to several firms but have not yet got any response.

I have heard that there are agencies that mediate between candidates and employers. How do I find out about such agencies and how do I approach them?

Snehangshu Kundu,

New Delhi

A: You can approach placement agencies by getting referrals from your friends and colleagues. You can also network with people in your line of work and spread the word that you are looking for a suitable opening.

Getting the right job with your qualifications should not be very difficult.

Q: I have a BTech in electronics and communication engineering. I also have three years and six months of work experience in the field of test and measuring instrument sales. Now I would like to shift to software, so I want to do a SAP module in Sales Distribution (SD). Will my professional experience as a sales engineer be counted as domain experience?

I am concerned because every advertisement asks for SAP experts with domain experience. Also, I would like to know which among a SD, CRM or ABAP module will be ideal for me. Should I go for the certified course or a non-certified SAP course?

Tushar Nayak,


A: You can go in for SAP and yes, you must do only a certified course if you want to get maximum benefits.

You should only go for a SAP module in Sales Disribution because then your earlier experience will be counted as domain experience.

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