From physicist to SAP talent – Felix’s successful IT career

Cosima Sutmar

September 26, 2023

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Hey Felix, please introduce yourself briefly.

Hello, I’m Felix, I live in Nuremberg and work at valantic as a team lead and SAP consultant in the HR sector. I am 34 years old and originally from Franconia. I lived in Vienna for about 10 years, studied physics there, and worked while I was studying. Due to Corona and the desire for a change of scenery, I returned to Franconia about 2 years ago.

You studied physics in Vienna. How did you get into the SAP area at valantic?

Through my work at a start-up, I discovered my interest in human resources and SAP, and I thought, “I’ll keep that in mind.” After my studies in Vienna and my return to Franconia, it was clear to me relatively quickly that I would like to pursue a career in this area. During my research I came across valantic because of its positive reviews. Then everything moved very quickly – application, job interview, contract offer. I was enthusiastic from the start, and a short time later I started my job at valantic in SAP Consulting.

What challenges did you face as a career changer in the SAP sector and how did you overcome them?

I experienced SAP like a new language, which you must learn first, of course. It was challenging, but I didn’t see the challenge as insurmountable. That’s mainly due to the open culture and hands-on mentality at valantic. Important for career changers and newcomers is the desire and interest to learn new things every day. The great thing about SAP is that I can learn new things every day. If you are or become enthusiastic about them, the challenges are fun. Great colleagues and managers then round out the picture – for me, at least.

Do you have any tips for newcomers?

Openness and flexibility. There are many possible solutions at SAP, but you should not let that bother you. The puzzle pieces that you will get to know gradually quickly complete the overall picture. So, stay tuned, be curious, and ask many questions.

And how did your path at valantic take shape?

I was allowed to get a taste of many areas – I thought that was very cool. Starting with support, I developed and gradually took on tasks in design and project management. Along with my knowledge, my responsibility has also increased, and now I am responsible for six consultants and specialists as a team lead. I am thrilled that I am now also responsible for training career changers. I’m sure life will continue to be as exciting as the last one and a half years at valantic.

What do you like the most about your work?

I like learning new things and confronting exciting challenges. I like the fact that I can participate in several projects at once and in the operational business too. I am enthusiastic about the diverse tasks and challenges as a team lead. In short: It’s the variety and the whole package. It can sometimes be challenging, but it’s a lot of fun.

What do you do in your free time to switch off and leave the project world behind you?

To maintain a balance, I like to go on excursions, such as hiking in nature. I also enjoy spending time with friends, walking, or just relaxing on the sofa. On the weekend, I don’t think much about my work. If I think of projects in my spare time, my thoughts are usually positive ones and I come up with solutions for topics that have occupied me during the week.

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