Our Salesforce Talent Team recently caught up with Oliver Tang to ask some questions about his journey towards a Salesforce career. Oliver is keen to land his first Salesforce job and work towards his goal of becoming a Technical Architect.
We asked Oliver ten questions relating to his Salesforce journey so far. Here’s what he had to say…
What attracted to you to a Salesforce career?
My previous role as CMO for CloudApps specialised in sales effectiveness within the Salesforce ecosystem and that really opened my eyes as to how powerful Salesforce is. The capabilities expand way beyond any other CRM out there and it just keeps on expanding.
How did you start learning? Where did you start?
This is what really impressed me the most. The structured learning material covered in Trailheads allows newbies to grasp the concepts quickly while providing mini Q&A’s, challenges, and hands-on development tasks within the trial orgs. Not to mention the vast community of Salesforce experts out there in the ether.
What has been your biggest challenge through your learning journey so far?
Superbadges are by far the most challenging because of the amount of work you need to get through on your own. The great thing about this is the learning curve. You get to put everything you’ve learned into a mini project that really enhances your understanding and way around the Salesforce ecosystem.
What would you say has been your most valuable learning experience so far?
The exams were challenging, and I ended up being 2x Certified. However, I think taking on mini assignments outside of Trailheads has been most valuable. That really pushes you to look for solutions outside the box and is probably akin to real work experience given a certain scenario, such as building a Lightning web component, a bespoke homepage, testing, and debugging.
What has your experience been so far during your job search?
It’s been quite erratic. I am transitioning from being a high-level exec and therefore have been willing to start from scratch looking for entry-level positions to gain the necessary experience, but as always, it’s trial and error and a bit of luck. Still searching. Wish me luck!
What are your ambitions and career goals?
My goal is to become a Technical Architect, thus being recognised as a trusted advisor and team leader within the ecosystem. But my journey won’t end there. I will continue growing my expertise within the Salesforce platform.
Favourite Trailhead Module?
API integration Services
Top tip for anyone starting out their Salesforce learning journey?
Trailhead, Trailhead, Trailhead – you can’t go wrong! Then use supplementary material such as Udemy.
Favourite Salesforce Influencer?
Your Next Steps in three words?
Land that role!