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Better Career Choice for Junior Programer: JAVA vs SAP (ABAP, CRM, WEBUI)

 
Suraj Nambiar
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I'm a recent college (Computer Science) passout with no industry experience whatsoever and I currently have offer letters from two totally different companies.

One is a SAP partner company that implements ERP and CRM solutions for different types of companies. They'll be training me for six months on ABAP/4, CRM (SAP) & Web UI. I have no knowledge of any SAP Technology but they have provided me with a book on ABAP/4 to study before the training begins.
Another is a service based company that works on JAVA, J2EE, Web Technologies, and all the other regular stuff. The salary here is a bit less than the other one but its not really a concerning issue for me as I like to work in Java more than anything.

My queries are:

Will it be good for me to work in SAP technologies so early in my carrer as I will have no core language experience?
Will my experience in SAP count if I wish to change my carrer to something else (perse JAVA)?
I'm also worried that I wouldn't be exposed to new technologies while working in ABAP/4. I love to learn & play with new technologies. (I know SAP will be a new technology for me but I'm more concerned about the future)?
Is the future scope better in Java or SAP technologies?

I've no idea what goes around the IT industry and I would like some guidance for making my career choice.
 
Jeanne Boyarsky
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Suraj,
Welcome to CodeRanch!

First, you are making a choice for your first job and not your entire career. Your career will span many languages.

It's almost always good to learn different technologies. I think it is easier to switch from Java to SAP than SAP to Java later in terms of finding a second job. Your experience in another technology counts a little but not as much as relevant experience does. Especially at the entry level stage.

Nobody can predict the future, but I think the skills you'd learn in the Java job would serve you more broadly in the future than the SAP one.
 
Suraj Nambiar
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Hey Jeanne,

Thanks for the reply. I found your answer to be very precise. I've decided to join the Java Company and drop SAP for the moment.

Thanks again
 
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