Are you ready to take your developer career to the next level?
The best way to do that could be to enhance your skills with a focus on the Salesforce ecosystem.
According to a 2019 survey, Salesforce Developer was named one of the best jobs in the US. Since Salesforce is consistently ranked as one of the best places to work in various nations around the world, that might not be a big surprise. However, what makes this achievement particularly special, is that Salesforce Dev was the only role listed on the survey that related to a specific organisation.
Today, Salesforce is the highest-rated CRM in the world, and one of the fastest-growing companies in existence. By 2022, the Salesforce ecosystem will create another 3.3 million jobs worldwide.
So, how do you bring Salesforce into your developer career roadmap?
Step 1: Join Trailhead and Explore the Salesforce Ecosystem
If you’re already a developer, then you’re on the right path.
According to a similar survey into top-ranked jobs in the UK, front-end developer is the 11th best job in the country. There are plenty of great ways for front-end developers to get involved with Salesforce. Using programming skills associated with Apex and Visualforce, you can learn how to design apps and create sophisticated interfaces for companies.
In Salesforce, you won’t just be playing with the same code and numbers each year. This platform is constantly evolving, typically introducing 3 innovations per year. That means that you’ll have unlimited opportunities to develop your skills and discover new things. Salesforce also gives developers a constantly-evolving collection of tools that allow them to explore disruptive ideas like blockchain, AI, and the Internet of Things.
The first step in moving from developer to Salesforce developer is creating an account with Trailhead. Salesforce’s free online learning platform empowers anyone to learn about the unique nuances of the Salesforce ecosystem in their own time.
Step 2: Consider Developer Certification Opportunities
Gradually, as developers continue to expand their knowledge of Salesforce in Trailhead, they may decide to take the next step and acquire a certification too.
Certifications for Salesforce come in two fundamental tracks: Administrator or Developer. While Administrators work on things like maintaining data quality and developing reports, Developers design, code, test and implement Salesforce applications.
Depending on how far you want to go with your Salesforce role, you can either get a Salesforce I or Salesforce II developer certificate:
- Salesforce Certified Developer I: This exam requires candidates to know how user interfaces, data models, and business logic works in custom Salesforce applications. You’ll need to know how to create custom apps using both Visualforce and Apex for front-end and back-end development.
- Salesforce Certified Developer II: This exam requires all of the knowledge a developer would need for the first stage certification. However, you’ll also need to be able to design, develop, deploy, and test a maintainable program on the Salesforce ecosystem.
Step 3: Decide Whether You Want to be a Contractor or Specialist
Salesforce was ranked number 1 on the Fortune list of 100 Best Companies to work with in 2018.
However, getting a role in Salesforce development doesn’t have to mean finding a job with Salesforce. Salesforce developers can also accomplish incredible things working as contractors, bouncing between companies, and creating solutions that resolve common pain points for their clients.
If you’re looking for complete freedom in your career, then a contractor position might be excellent for you. On the other hand, if you decide that you love how it feels to be part of the Salesforce Ohana family, then you might choose to climb the technical ladder.
You can use your Level 2 developer certification to ascend the ranks to senior developer, technical consultant, and even technical architect roles. Eventually, you might even find a position as a CTO (Chief Technology Officer) for a company that thrives using Salesforce.
Once you’ve decided on what your ideal role looks like in Salesforce development, you can create your own personalised cross-channel learning experience using Salesforce Trail Guides. These custom-made training paths give you step-by-step support when it comes to seeking career changes and promotions.
Step 4: Remain Open to New Areas of Growth
One thing to keep in mind when you enter the Salesforce ecosystem is that you’ll need to commit to consistent growth. The Salesforce platform is continually changing and evolving.
To excel as a developer, architect, or TCO, you’ll need to keep expanding your knowledge and learning more about the Salesforce ecosystem. Salesforce even runs regular “maintenance” exams throughout the year to ensure that professionals understand the latest features in the platform.
As you continue to dive deeper into the Salesforce Ohana family, you might even meet with Salesforce MVPs, who can teach you about their own journeys in the developer space and introduce you to new paths that you may not have considered before.
The flexibility of the Salesforce environment means that developers always have the opportunity to explore new trails, discover new paths, and learn from the community around them. What’s more, with help from a specialist recruitment team like ROD, you’ll also be able to find the roles that allow you to put your new skills into practice.
About Resource on Demand
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The team at Resource on Demand have access to an extensive database of key talent, registering over 8000 Cloud professionals each year.
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