Create a Plan and Skill Up
After completing this unit, you’ll be able to:
- Identify resources to skill up for your next Salesforce role.
- Learn how to get connected to the Salesforce community.
- Create an action plan for preparing for your next role.
Now that you’ve identified one or two target roles that you’re interested in pursuing, it’s time to make a concrete action plan for what you need to do to prepare for that role.
There are three main areas to consider in developing your career plan.
- Learning: what are the skills you need to acquire, and where can you learn them?
- Earning: what credentials do you need for this role and how can you demonstrate your skills to employers?
- Connecting: what are ways to connect and network with others in the field?
For most skills and roles, you can find many options for learning—from self-paced online learning to instructor-led classes, events, and even formal degree programs.
What type of learning you choose to do depends on your time, learning style, and budget. Sometimes what works best for you is a combination of different learning programs. There’s no one right way. It’s up to you to choose the adventure that works best for you.
One of the best ways to skill up for Salesforce career paths is through Trailhead—the fun, free, hands-on way learn.
If you’re new to Trailhead, here are a few recommendations on where to start.
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Developer Beginner (trail)
Build a Conference Management App (project)
Developer Intermediate (trail)
Develop for Lightning Experience (trail)
Build an Automated Workshop Management System (project)
Admin Beginner (trail)
Build a Suggestion Box App (project)
Admin Intermediate (trail)
Admin Advanced (trail)
Grow Faster with CRM (trail)
Sell Lightning Fast with Sales Cloud (trail)
Integrate Outlook and Gmail with Salesforce (module)
Drive Sales with Operational Excellence (trail)
Personalize Your Customer Journeys with Marketing Cloud (trail)
Explore with Analytics (trail)
Admin Beginner (trail)
Another way to learn is from experts in live classes and workshops. This option is ideal when you can take time away from work for a concentrated learning experience. Learn more about the classes that Salesforce offers.
If you are skilling up for a Salesforce career path, another great way to learn is to get answers and tips from fellow Trailblazers by joining the Trailblazer Community.
Here you can engage with and get answers from a passionate community of customers, partners and Salesforce experts. Whether you’re tied together by geography, industry, role, or product, there are a variety of ways to connect with people who really get you.
Check out a few resources to get you started.
- Trailhead Collaboration Group on the Trailblazer Community
- Salesforce User Groups
- Salesforce Developer Meetups
- Featured Online Collaboration Groups
For developers, there are some additional resources and ways to connect to the thriving community of more than 3 million Salesforce developers.
- The Salesforce developers discussion forums are an important resource to get answers to your questions. It’s not uncommon for project managers, developers, and other R&D staff to contribute.
- On the Salesforce StackExchange, get expert guidance from an active developer community featuring some of the most prominent developers from across the globe.
- Using the #askforce hashtag on Twitter immediately connects you to hundreds of Salesforce administrators and developers. The answer to your 280-character questions is sometimes only a few seconds away!
Have you been? We highly recommend it. Dreamforce is a great place to learn, network, and connect.
Can’t get to Dreamforce? Attend an event the next time we roll into your hometown. These events give you the chance to attend great keynotes, learn firsthand from leading customers how to be successful with Salesforce, and get up close and personal with our entire suite of products. You can also find Salesforce User Groups in cities around the world that meet regularly to network and learn.
Here are a few resources for finding in-person events.
- Salesforce User Groups: User groups are customer-organized groups that meet online and in-person. Join one today to network, share ideas, and get tips on how to get the most out of Salesforce.
- Salesforce Developer Groups: For person-to-person interaction, join a local Developer Group. There are more than 160 groups around the world, and more are springing up all the time.
- Salesforce Meetups: Find independent local events to meet Salesforce users, administrators, and developers in your area. Swap business cards and develop a support network of Salesforce professionals.
- Community Events: Join the community of Customer Trailblazers at an event near you.
- Keep an eye out for the Salesforce Developer Events and Salesforce Admin Events in a city near you as well.
Finding and working with a mentor can be another great step to building your career. Mentors can help you identify skills to make that next step or provide valuable feedback. Or consider building your leadership skills by becoming a mentor yourself.
In either case, the Mentorship Central group on the Trailblazer Community helps pair up mentors and mentees and can be a good starting point.
Credentials like badges and certifications are a great way to demonstrate to employers that you have the skills for the role you are seeking.
As you learn with Trailhead, you’ll automatically collect badges and points for everything you learn. As you level up your skills, earning superbadges and Salesforce certifications will show you’ve got what it takes to crush complex real-world challenges — and give you industry wide recognition of your expertise.
If you need more experience to step into that next role, nonprofits are looking for volunteers to help with Salesforce projects. Apply your skills for a cause you’re passionate about and build your portfolio and expertise at the same time.
Here are few ways to find a volunteer opportunity.
- VolunteerMatch.org: Search for Salesforce administrator or developer volunteer opportunities by location and cause. Or find marketing and fundraising opportunities.
- LinkedIn for Volunteers: The LinkedIn Volunteer Marketplace connects professionals to nonprofit volunteer opportunities.
Blogging, helping on forums, and speaking at events are more great ways to build your reputation and expertise and take your career to the next level. See the Public Speaking Skills module for tips.
For Salesforce developers or aspiring developers, hackathons and challenges are another way to build your resume. Check the Salesforce Developers home page frequently, to find new challenges, hackathons, and other opportunities to show your skills.
Now that you know a little bit more about the resources that are available to support your career development, it’s time to set some specific objectives and commit them to paper.
Complete the career plan worksheet from the Career Development Resource pack you downloaded.
The format for this plan is similar to the one that Salesforce uses for goal planning called the V2MOM. For more in-depth information about the V2MOM see the Organizational Alignment (V2MOM) module .
Now it’s time to start implementing your plan. Here are some tips for making career development happen.
- Block out time each week on your calendar to focus on your development.
- Set a time on your calendar to review the status of your goals and readjust your career plan as needed.
- Participate in some kind of networking every month.
- If you are currently working, schedule time at least quarterly to talk about career development with your manager.