Thoughts on Learning Salesforce

I was lucky enough to get my first Salesforce job as a transfer over from Sales, working for someone who had been using Salesforce since 1999. An OG is the Salesforce world for sure. The majority of my initial training came from her. I also started attended User Group meetings & learning from the folks I met there.

The true test came when the certification exams were announced. Would my ad-hoc education suffice? Answer: yup! I passed both the Admin and Dev Exams with no formal training. However, the subsequent exams that follow each release has definitely kept me on my toes.

And lastly, this past summer, I got to a point where I had to reach beyond what I could learn along my way, and I attended an offical Salesforce.com training class – Getting Started with Object-Oriented Programing. This class was incredible, and you can read all about it over on Mike’s blog. I would encourage all button-clicking admins out there to take this class.

So what’s the answer? For me, the mixed approach was ideal. What was your approach? Did you do formal Salesforce training, or did you learn it all on the job? What would be your perfect training world?

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3 Comments to “Thoughts on Learning Salesforce”

  1. I came at the opposite way. I took the Admin class before we even went live with Salesforce. The next 6 months were on the job training with a TON of help from the forums (thanks @Steve_Mo!!). Now, I’m a certified Advanced Admin and Developer. Go me!

  2. I was a combination of both. My Salesforce career began by being plunged into the ocean without training for two years at which point my employer finally let me go. I started with the 201 course and have been working my way up ever since. Sure, some parts are incredibly simple. But its good stuff to know, and you will be surprised at the number of bad habits you may have picked up along the way. In a perfect training scenario I would say- train, implement, more training, more implementation, and never be happy with how much you know. All that sprinkled with Dreamforce love and you are good to go.

  3. I went the Amber route. 4-day classroom training (201 I think) and then back to the office/wolves. Met @bagelcc that week, too. Good times.

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