Let’s get started by emphasising that there is no ultimate way to becoming a Salesforce functional consultant, but this was and is my road.
Back in the Netherlands, less than half a year ago, I would probably say yes to that question. I would discuss this with friends at home and I noticed that many people were experiencing a similar feeling. Except for one person, my partner. (You might see this one coming…yes indeed, he is a Salesforce Developer.) I was sincerely jealous of his passion for his work and decided that is was time for a change.
Moving to Australia felt like the perfect opportunity to switch gears and try something new. I promised myself to set new goals and so I did: do something I like. That’s not so easy, is it! I started looking into different career paths until I ended up checking out Salesforce opportunities. The idea of being part of a team helping customers build custom solutions to make their jobs easier, more efficient and perhaps even more fun, sounded like music to my ears. So from there my Salesforce journey began.
What is the best way to get started with Salesforce? That is by familiarising yourself with the platform by becoming a member of the Trailhead community. Still don’t know where to start? I didn’t at least, but then I found the ‘Prepare for Your Salesforce Administrator Credential’ Trailmix. I recommend doing that first and slowly but surely you will find your way around.
You can collect as many badges as possible, but without actually scheduling the exam, you need a whole lot of discipline to keep on studying. For me that was the trick, book the exam, and your goal is set.
Obviously just by setting new goals, trailblazing, and planning the exam, you are not going to become a Salesforce Consultant overnight. You need experience, heaps of experience. I was lucky enough to get certified on the same day as the Salesforce World Tour, so I combined the two. Connected with a lot of people in the field, listened to their stories, and absorbed as much knowledge as I could. Having recently joined ProQuest Consulting, I’m learning more and more each day and am lucky to be involved in a lot of great projects.
Now, a few months later, I understand how much you can benefit from enjoying your work. I recommend this feeling to everyone out there.
To conclude I would like to share some tips for the Admin exam: