Will SAP FICO Course help me find land a good job after my MBA / CA ?

Can SAP FICO course add on something more to my MBA / CA knowledge and land me a good job ? Can I do this right besides my current course curriculum ?

This is usually one of the first question that I get from most of the Finance MBA /CA freshers. I will take this up in this post.

SAP FICO Course is a job specialization and not a general college level course.  This should be taken up when you are already in a finance related job and have gained some working experience and have god understanding of what you are doing.

Most of freshers seem to be undermining the value of knowledge and effort that you have put in earning yourself an MBA or CA degree. I still consider MBA Finance / CA degrees to a far far higher in content and value that some job specific specialization like SAP FICO or  JAVA or CSS or whatever.

What you have learned from college are the core concepts and building blocks that will remain with you for life. SAP FICO or any other course is just a course that you are learning to under some software better so that you are good at working on it. You never know few years later you might need to learn a new software course for some great revolutionary product . Still your core MBA / CA conceptual knowledge will be used even in that.  So firstly, give due regard and value to what you doing in college. That is what you should be learning well .

You should be looking out for jobs based on your MBA or CA degree and not based on the tag that you have done some 4 weeks of SAP FICO training after MBA/CA . Any Job specialization degree like SAP FICO  right after college is useless as you will just be cramming the subject since you never had appropriate work experience to understand what you are doing .

Think about this – Let us assume that I am a hiring manager at Toyota and I need to find folks who are experienced automobile engineers so that they can work on designing toyota cars.

Who will I prefer from the two options below

1. A fresh automobile engineer out of college who has taken up a 1 month training on Toyota Car designing.

2. A 3-4 years experienced automobile engineer who has practical work exp on Honda / Nissan   or maybe even Toyota cars.

Well, obviously the choice is very clear . I will take the second option. I can take a Non toyota experienced guy  and train him for for few weeks/months and he will very well get accustomed to work on my company as he knows the concepts and have practical work experience in working on car.  This is all because concepts and practical work experience is more important to me than he having trained on Toyota car.

Job specific training is easy to get and understand only if you have the work experience. Similarly , folks experienced in accounting jobs are far more preferable to hiring managers than any fresh Finance MBA/CA with SAP FICO training.  Freshers best bet is to get jobs based on their degree rather than such kind of job specializations. This can be “nice to have” but definitely this has remote chances of landing you a good job.

I guess that answers the above question.  Feel free to drop any comments .