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SAP Jobs at Clarkston: SAP Consultant Career Q&A with Nicole

Nicole Sharp is a consultant at Clarkston Consulting. She shares her SAP career journey below! Read her Q&A to gain insight into what an SAP career with Clarkston is like!

Nicole’s SAP Experience

How does Clarkston help you pursue an SAP career of excellence and job fulfillment? (ie. What is your favorite part about working at Clarkston?)

Clarkston has been a wonderful source of learning and professional development for me! My previous experience is not in SAP, I came into Clarkston with a Quality and Compliance background. I had been exposed to SAP ATTP through a previous role and was looking to learn more about SAP. The SAP Community here at Clarkston has been the perfect opportunity to do just that! I have been able to engage with, support, and learn from the SAP community and am expanding my SAP knowledge. This cross functional learning and sense of community have been some of the things I am most grateful for during the year I have been with Clarkston.

Why did you join Clarkston as an SAP consultant, and why have you stayed?  

As previously mentioned, I did not join Clarkston as an SAP consultant. However, the SAP community and the training that has been encouraged for me are some of the reasons I have stayed here at Clarkston. The attitude at Clarkston that professional development and learning are strongly encouraged and valued are in line with what I want in my career.

What advice would you give to someone hoping to grow their SAP skillset and career? (ie. What has worked well for you?)

As I am just beginning my SAP learning journey, the thing that has helped me the most has been engaging with SMEs. When I joined Clarkston, I reached out to the SAP Community leads as I was hoping to attend the SAP community calls. It happened that they were looking for support with these calls and I was able to take on a planning role for the community. This has allowed me to engage with our SAP experts and learn from some excellent presenters. In addition, the professional development team here at Clarkston has a wealth of resources! This includes many beginner friendly guides and articles that have been of great benefit to me.

What made you pursue a career in SAP? (ie. What was your career path like? Is there a typical SAP career path?)

I became interested in SAP through a Q&C lens. I was writing work instructions for the use of SAP ATTP and became curious about SAPs uses in the life sciences space. It was not until I Joined Clarkston that I really had an opportunity to explore SAP.

Clarkston Career Story

How long have you been with Clarkston?

I have been with Clarkston for one year now. During that time, I have been able to participate in both client and internal projects in multiple subject areas.

What is your role at Clarkston?

I am a consultant here at Clarkston. My current project is in IT Qualification though internally I support the SAP community through the planning and running of their community calls.

Tell us about a new skill you’ve developed recently.

I have developed a number of skills in the past year at Clarkston! These include my Validation and Qualification knowledge. I have also developed my time and project management skills.

If you had to choose, which of Clarkston’s core values do you feel resonates with you the most?

Brilliant Client Services! I believe that so many of the values are linked to Brilliant Client Services, for example flexibility and adaptability are key and something that I take pride in. Without the ability to adapt to changing circumstances it is difficult to serve our clients effectively and enjoy our work.

Which internal initiatives, communities, or projects are you involved in at Clarkston?

I have been involved with the SAP Community in a community call planning and execution capacity, this has been a wonderful learning opportunity and has allowed me to engage with many stewards at the firm that I may not have met otherwise met. I am also a member of the Women’s Empowerment Network, The Pride Network, and the Neurodiversity Network.

What advice would you give to someone starting at Clarkston? 

The best advise I can give to a new Clarkston Steward is to join communities and networks and see where you can get involved. If you are curious about an area of expertise or passionate about something reach out to others in those communities.

Tell us about a memorable experience you’ve had while working with a client. What was your key takeaway or lesson learned from that project?

My current project has had a lot of changes during the time we have been with the client. Having an adaptable and flexible mindset has allowed me to view these changes as interesting learning opportunities.

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