Sometime around last October, I began to develop a need, a need for change. Maybe it was the onset of seasonal depression or the robust smell of pumpkin spice in the air clogging my brain; once that overwhelming desire hit, there was no turning back.
At the time I was in a completely different career position with very little advancement in sight. I felt as though my future was dim. I realized that my career and life goals would never be met if I continued down that path and immediately dove into exploring my options.
The next few weeks involved a good deal of internet-searching, soul-searching, parental advice better known as the classic “lecture,” and college course regret. Pepper in a few glasses of wine, and I had discovered the recipe for greatness! I would fiercely work to become a certified Salesforce Administrator.
With the decision made, my next hurdle was of course to pass the administrator exam. As anyone who has taken the exam knows, it is no easy feat. I studied for several months until I felt prepared enough to give it a shot. The result? FAIL. At first, my spirit was crushed. It didn’t take long, however, to get right back on the horse and put all efforts towards my second attempt. Good-bye weekends! So long fun! My dedication was unwavering. (Nicolai Johnson’s blog would have been beyond helpful at the time!)
The result? PASS! I could officially call myself a certified Salesforce Administrator.
Not long after, I joined the Wave6 team where I have been working as a Business Analyst for almost five months now. It has been a whirl-wind of new experiences and challenges thus far where every day proves to be another chance to learn, collaborate, create, and grow. The Salesforce platform is vast with endless options to meet a business’ needs. At first, I felt as though I would never be able to absorb enough knowledge about Salesforce to feel confident in spreading that knowledge to others. However, Wave6 trusted in me from the very beginning, and with that I was able to push forward each day offering my own opinions confidently on projects and taking the lead on different tasks and assignments. Being a consultant offers flexibility that I hadn’t experienced before either!
Who knew having the option to work from home a few days a week would be so rewarding? Furthermore, a little travel goes a long way. Since making the transition, I’ve had to opportunity to travel twice out of state to a clients’ office, where networking is encouraged and I am able to proudly represent my company. With the support of my team as well as endless opportunities to learn, I feel excited about the path I have chosen and look forward to where it will lead me!
So there you have it, a peak into the life of a budding Salesforce Admin/Business Analyst/Consultant. I am thrilled with the continuous learning paths available to me now as well as having a profession with career advancement potential. My advice to anyone on the fence about becoming a certified Salesforce Administrator is to sacrifice a few weekends and take the leap!
I promise it will pay off in the end.
Here’s to the future. Cheers!