Tom Sweeney

It's a coming of age tale….

Posts Tagged ‘Career’

Big Dollars in SAP: If I knew then what I know now…

Posted by sweens on July 22, 2009

Well once again I am back on the SAP train searching for SAP professional to fill a contract position I am working on.  Again I find myself jealous at their pay rates.  I wonder if people who look back on their careers today, would make a change in their career if they applied what they know now today, back when they were entering university.

 I once took an object oriented programming (OOP) class in University which I struggled immensely with.  I could never have imagined myself doing that type of work as a career.  But now that I have a career and I place people with OOP skills, I might have put more thought into it then – now that I see the potential they have.

 But there is potential everywhere, isn’t there?

 I have a friend from high school who has been asking me to review his CV as he gets more professional experience to put on it.  He is currently working as an SAP ABAP programmer.  I wonder if he knows what kind of money he can be making in three years, because I certainly know where he should be!

 Does anyone else have these thoughts?  Would anyone else have made a career switch had they had more information?  As Rod Stewart would sing “I wish that I knew what I know, now when I was younger”.

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The Way I See It

Posted by sweens on March 19, 2009

As I am sure you are aware by now – I suffer from a small Starbucks coffee addiction. I have often thought about incorporating the Starbucks quotes I read on the back of my cup into my blog and today I figured I would as it has some relevance on a conversation I had today.

 BACKGROUND – Starbucks has a section on each cup titled “The Way I See It.” If you go to their website you will find a tab that explains the thought behind this. Starbucks tries to promote good and healthy discussions amongst its customers. As such, they put a quote on the back of every cup which represents a collection of thoughts, opinions and expressions provided by notable figures in an effort to promote these healthy and good discussions.

Back on track – I was having a conversation today with a friend about choosing between a job that pays more money but offers less career potential or a job that pays less but offers more of a career path. Which to choose? Based on that conversation, I only offer the idea that getting trapped into a job that you hate but is financially satisfying can be dangerous.

On that note, I leave you with my Starbucks quote from today:

“Failure’s hard, but success is far more dangerous. If you’re successful at the wrong thing, the mix of praise and money and opportunity can lock you in forever.”

Please visit the following URL for more information on “The Way I See It”.

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