Preparing for Your Salesforce Admin Certification

I wanted to share with you a list of things that helped me prepare for my Salesforce Admin Certification.  

  1. I registered for the Salesforce Trailhead Virtual Bootcamp for Administrators course through Career Circle. It’s a prescriptive, expert-led training program that fast tracks you to the Salesforce Certified Administrator certification. This is where I got introduced to Trailhead and where my adventure with Salesforce began.
  2. I continued reading on Trailhead as much as I could after the course. I completed the “Build Your Admin Career on Salesforce” Trailmix by Salesforce Trailhead.
  3. I completed all the Admin and App Builder Supersets. Five Super-badges in total. I think you would be fine completing just the Admin superset (Three Superbadges) before your exam but it never hurts to learn more. I highly recommend working on Trailhead Projects and Superbadges. Hands on experience is crucial to your success. 
  4. I watched all of the Trailhead Live videos under the title “Preparing for Your Admin Certification”. All of the instructors do an amazing job at explaining the concepts and giving you tips for the exam. My favorite instructors are: @Caitlin Nguyen and @Mari Greenberg. Their teaching method is very clear and on point.
  5. I watched the “Who Sees What” series on Salesforce Help instead of watching it on YouTube just because it’s in order! Watching it chronologically makes a huge difference when learning about the layers of “Security”. I understood it in one shot.
  6. I went through each section and bullet point of the exam content and read the technical documentation of each topic under Salesforce Help. This is the link: https://help.salesforce.com/home Trailhead is the fun way to learn. There’s no doubt about that especially when you see confetti falling all over you. But if you like to read just the technical documentation go to the link I mentioned above. The amount of information can be overwhelming but I promise it will be very useful to you not only for the exam but for when you work as a Salesforce Admin.
  7. I attended the WEBINAR: Preparation for Your Administrator Certification (CDW-101) offered by Salesforce. You are not allowed to record it so I made sure to take lots of notes. I heard @KevinCorcoran’s presentation and I really liked it. The examples, questions and scenarios that he presented were comparable to the exam questions. He does a very good job of explaining the best answer.

After doing all of those things I got a great understanding of the concepts as a whole and gained experience with the platform. I knew I was not missing pockets of information here and there and felt confident on the day of the exam. I’m not going to lie, I was a bit nervous but I passed! It’s a big accomplishment!

On to the next one: Platform App Builder

I hope you find this information helpful and that you pass as well. Good luck! Shout me out when you do. I would be happy to celebrate your success!

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…