After her traineeship, Ayse Bilgi, 27, started as a Junior Consultant SAP SD at valantic in 2020. She tells us about her experiences as a trainee, her career start at valantic and gives us an overview of her tasks as Junior SAP Consultant.
How was your start at valantic?
My start at valantic was very easy and pleasant. When I began my masters studies in mathematical economics, I was contacted by the valantic HR department and made aware of the upcoming traineeship. It suited me well since at that time I was searching for a traineeship in the SAP sector. valantic especially intrigued me with its open, warm corporate culture and the traineeship individually tailored to my needs. My initial discussions with employees in the HR department were very informative and made me look forward to the traineeship. I felt at home right away, and the atmosphere was very friendly and familiar from the start.
In the first three months of the traineeship, we acquired process-spanning knowledge of the logistics modules at the valantic Academy, knowledge that we were able to put to the test on the final exam. The selection of the modules was entirely up to us, so that each trainee was encouraged according to his or her specific ideas and desires. Then, in a three-month training, we focused on the programming language ABAP. Despite having little programming knowledge in the beginning, the experienced consultants gave me a very good introduction to this topic. They were always available to answer questions and they explained what initially was quite complex material using practical examples.
Thanks to the trusting and collegial atmosphere among the trainees, we grew together as a group and we help each other with difficult module-spanning questions. My personal highlight was the valantic kick-start event, where, despite the problematic pandemic conditions, it was possible to celebrate our successful conclusion of the trainee program with a virtual dinner with all participants and the management.
What do you do as Junior Consultant SAP SD?
I have been a Junior Consultant focusing on sales and distribution since December 2020. My tasks are to make adjustments according to customer requirements in customizing and then to test these. In addition, I create customer presentations and present these personally in meetings with customers. I am also working toward my SD certification in order to further expand my knowledge in the SD sector and of the interface modules.
What are the challenges of your job?
As Junior Consultant in the sales and distribution sector, you encounter a new process with a new complex question every day. This includes, among other things, the analysis of business processes on the customer side in order to map them in the SAP system. Here it is important to consider the individual industry requirements and to implement the various requirements. This makes my job extremely varied and exciting; I can learn something new every day. My first customer presentations taught me a lot in a very short time.
What do you especially like about valantic?
First and foremost, I like the open, friendly environment. The atmosphere is familiar, with flat hierarchies and quick decision-making processes, which are supplemented by bi-weekly coffee calls and monthly specialist and networking sessions. Management decisions are communicated openly, and it is always possible to incorporate your own suggestions, ideas, and discussion topics.
Similarly, I appreciate the start-up program in my current module, which is perfect for me, and the quick opportunities for promotion at valantic. My team manager is preparing me very well for my later tasks and challenges. In addition, great value is placed on the topic of further training after the traineeship, for example via the valantic Academy. I’m striving for official SD certification from SAP in the fall in order to deepen my knowledge even further.