I really appreciate the flat structure, flexibility, open transparent communication with leaders, and the concept of learning anywhere and anytime!
It was early in Shipra Chaudhary’s career that she realized her career aspirations had changed.
After graduating from college with a Computer Science degree, she joined SAP in 2011 as an associate developer specializing in predictive analytics on the SAP Business Technology Platform team. After two successful years on a technical career path, she was ready to take up bigger responsibilities. Following her growing interest in management, she decided to pursue her MBA and then returned to SAP because of its brand reputation and culture.
“SAP is number one,” Shipra says, noting that SAP is innovative and profit-driven, with a stable set of cultural values to boot.
“I really appreciate the flat structure, flexibility, open transparent communication with leaders, and the concept of learning anywhere and at any time! Add to this, a diverse workforce, the attitude of helping each other, and the innovation mindset, and you have the basis for developing a career within a great working culture,” she explains.
When asked to describe her career journey in one word, Shipra replies with: “rewarding”. She counts herself lucky to have been influenced by two great managers. One taught her the functional skills of a good developer, while the other was more of a coach who developed her people acumen.
Changing her career path from developer to HR has offered her new insights.
“In development, outcomes are generally easily measured and quantified. The same cannot be said in HR, which is usually measured in qualitative terms,” Shipra says. “But today, HR is moving towards measuring impact with metrics. It makes what we do far more tangible.”
As a participant in the Global HR Early Talent Program, Shipra appreciates that she gets to be involved in decision making and take ownership of projects. She had a personal epiphany when she realised that challenging work motivates her. As part of the program, she gets to do rotations across different HR functions, allowing her to experience and immerse herself in different cultures and topics.
“I have been so fortunate to have so many great advocates for me at SAP. I strive to not let them down,” says Shirpa. “One of my first great managers at SAP was Ashokkumar. He coached me and offered me many opportunities in software development. I even worked with him on co-conceptualizing and patenting an idea together. It was exciting work.”
Continuous support during her career has raised her self-motivation to learn. She likes to explore new things and doesn’t hesitate to reach out to subject matter experts at SAP when she has questions.
“Insights from executives are very helpful and managers should always share relevant information”, Shipra suggests. “My peer coach helps me to look at things from a different perspective and enables me to come up with solutions.”
Job shadowing – spending a few days with colleagues from different functions and learning more about what they do – has also helped her grow.
“They offer experiential knowledge by sharing their real-life examples, instead of just the theory alone,” she shares.
According to Shipra, mentors provide technical support and content knowledge in your field of work, and she considers herself privileged to have so many HR colleagues as mentors. She believes that experiencing different kinds of support stimulates self-reflection, allowing you to focus on areas to improve on or change.
Shipra has completed her rotations with Talent Acquisition and HR Operations (India), and is now in her third role with the Coaching, Peer to Peer Learning Center of Excellence team, enjoying an international experience in Germany.
She concludes, “It is important to stay relevant in your career and this means staying curious and hungry for the next learning opportunity!”
Meet Ashokkumar, one of Shipra’s colleagues who supported her on a patent. Ashokkumar KN is a Senior Product Manager at SAP.
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