Breaking into Tech

My family and close friends know my story very well but I wanted to put it in writing hoping that it encourages other moms to upscaling into tech, upskilling and reskilling. 

A few days ago I was asked to put together a short bio (my success story) and this is what I came up with:

Gaby has a Bachelor of Science (BS), Computer Software Engineering degree with experience as a Web Developer and Support Manager. She is currently re-entering the tech world (after taking a career break to raise her children and dabble as an artist) with the support of the partnership between Salesforce and CareerCircle which is designed to bring Trailhead training to new Trailblazers all across the United States. 

She successfully got certified as a Salesforce Administrator and reached Ranger Ranking during the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. She is currently supporting a Blockchain and Digital Assets start-up by implementing Salesforce, managing the CRM, and training their users on the platform.

Gaby has recently started a blog named “The Creative Trailblazer – Trying to find Work-Life Balance” which can be found at the following link: thecreativetrailblazer.com She will be writing about two topics that she is passionate about, Salesforce and Art. 

Yes, that is my story summed up in a few lines. I’m in the midst of a transition in my life and I’m working hard to make it work and have a great start. I work and learn new skills every day. The same way as my daughter practices for a gymnastics competition or the guitar, or as my youngest daughter practices violin. Every day is about hard work, dedication and determination. 

Let’s rewind and go back to the moment when I decided that it was time for me to return to my career. I taught my kids how to fly so now it’s my turn to fly higher along with my husband and our two girls. I never stopped flying. I was just devoted to motherhood, bonding with my daughters, painting, creating, traveling and doing many other fun things that life has to offer. 

Ok, so what now? I’m free as a bird with a degree under my belt. After a deep introspective analysis of myself I decided to do what I know and what I like. Restarting my career in technology was the path.  Probably one of the hardest industries to restart a career. After some research, I came across a few good options of which Salesforce was the one that resonated the most with me. Why? Because of their culture and Trailhead

Salesforce builds its culture around the spirit of Ohana, which means “family” in Hawaiian. Their values consist of Trust, Customer Success, Innovation, Giving Back, Equality, Wellness, Transparency and Fun .

“Trailhead is a learning experience platform — a library of educational content that you can access whenever you like. You can choose from various topics to learn new skills at your own pace. Salesforce continually adds content to Trailhead so there’s always something new to learn. Trailhead helps you gain new skills and hone existing ones. Trailhead is gamified with assessments that demonstrate your skills and badges and points that illustrate your progress.” Trailhead is the fun way to learn. That’s all you need to know for now.

Being certified is the quasi ultimate goal of the continuous Training and Learning process. Once certified, you can start thinking about applying for jobs and being more noticeable in this huge spectrum of talented professionals. 

I’m not going to lie, it’s not an easy path. I’m talking about everything that involves returning to work. Making up your mind, studying, passing the exams, applying for jobs, going through rejection, reset and continue. Breaking into technology, as a professional  that’s been out of work for years, is hard and even harder if you factor in the unemployment crisis that COVID-19 has caused. Simply getting any job, much less your dream job, is the hardest part. But that’s why I am writing this blog. Because returning to work is a process. I want to make this blog part of my process. So if you like, tag along and see what the future holds for me. 

Let’s start with Personal Branding as apparently that’s what I need to focus on. I grew up in a culture where kids/students and future professionals were motivated or taught to sell themselves by putting their best foot forward. I’m not saying it’s still like that in my home country but that’s what it was like growing up. Being modest and humble was what I was taught. Throughout out the years, I’ve learned that it’s Ok to brag about your own accomplishments and successes . It helps get you to the place where you will feel successful and thrive as the valuable person/professional that you are. One thing that comes to my mind at this point is “Capitalism” as not only are products marketable but professionals are as well. 

So this is my contribution into creating my personal branding today. Most of all, this is the first step to breaking into technology, making a difference in my life, restarting my career, getting inspired and hopefully inspiring others. Until next time…