Introduction to Salesforce Certification and Career Planning

Learn What Salesforce Is and Certification and Career Paths Available to You. Get a Free Salesforce Account, too!
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  • Lectures 17
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 2/2016 English

Course Description

This Course and Instructor were recently featured in InfoWorld.

This course covers the Salesforce Platform and Cloud Computing. I cover the various Salesforce certification and career opportunities that are out there and help you chart your course to the cloud. 

I cover what cloud computing is, what Salesforce is, and the types of jobs available to you. I also give you tips on how to get resume building experience. This course is a starting point for you to chart your course to a well paying and satisfying cloud career. I conclude this course with recommended next steps and resources to get you on the fast track to certification, and ultimately, relentlessly pursued by recruiters.

The demand for Salesforce Developers, Administrators, Consultants, Architects, Business Analysts, Project Managers, etc. is immense. The Salesforce Platform is an attainable path to developing applications in the cloud, without code. No experience is required. You can do it!


What are the requirements?

  • You only need an internet connection and a Udemy account to access the course.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Comprehend Cloud Computing
  • Understand What Salesforce Is
  • Recognize the Myriad of Cloud Career Paths that Salesforce Provides

What is the target audience?

  • This course is intended for absolute beginners. No programming experience or prior Salesforce knowledge is required. This course is intended for anyone who is interested in a career in the cloud.
  • Salesforce is a platform that many professionals administer and develop on every day without writing a single line of code, so this course is intended for non-coders desiring a career change.
  • Existing administrators and developers on the Salesforce Platform should not take this course. Additionally, those that are looking for tutorials and exercises on the Salesforce Platform should not take this course, because I only cover concepts, career paths, certification options and cloud computing in general.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
01:58

I cover my background, certifications, and why this course exists. The purpose of this course is to answer common questions from those unfamiliar with the Salesforce Platform, and set expectations for what you will learn in this course.

Section 2: Cloud Concepts
04:15

New to the cloud, or not sure what cloud computing even is? We discuss why cloud computing has been so revolutionary in this day and age, and how you can leverage various cloud-based skills to super-charge your career.

04:58

We discuss the history of Salesforce, from its founding in 1999, through today. Relentless innovation coupled with the tectonic shift to the cloud have placed you in the right place at the right time to learn the skills to succeed with Salesforce.

02:16

The three core tenants of Salesforce are:

  • Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Functionality
  • Sales Process
  • Service Process

Students will come away from this lecture with an understanding of what types of processes are best suited for the Salesforce platform.

09:05

The first logical Salesforce Certification to attain is the Salesforce Administrator Certification. Attaining this Certification opens up a myriad of career options for you. In this lecture we discuss not only the obvious career route of that of a Salesforce Administrator, but also opportunities for Business Analysts, Project Managers, Product Managers, Developers, Architects, and a whole lot more.

05:58

In this lecture, I take you through the process of signing up for a free Salesforce Developer Account. This is an account that you can keep for life. Salesforce gives them away as a way to help you learn, whether you are an aspiring Salesforce Developer, Administrator, or End User.

Section 3: Next Steps
07:41

This lecture covers several creative ways to utilize Salesforce at your existing job. Through following these steps, you can gain verifiable and legitimate work history on the Salesforce Platform. These tips are key in building your resume to be cloud relevant and get well on your way to a new career.

03:08

There are many non-profit organizations that use Salesforce on a daily basis. They are often stretched for resources and lack the personnel to help them customize the platform to meet their needs. You may be able to volunteer time to these non-profits in order to assist them with their Salesforce implementation, as well as gain valuable experience that you can then add to your resume.

03:09

Join me as I chat with Lupine Reppert from the California School-Age Consortium in Oakland, California. We discuss their Salesforce Implementation and how we connected through catchafire.org.

03:53

I recorded this talk on location in Seaside, Oregon. At the foot of a statue devoted to Lewis & Clark, I speak about the fear of the unknown, and taking you from 'what if' to 'why not?' when it comes to venturing into the cloud for your career.

06:02

Join me as I chat with Britt Yamamoto from iLEAP in Seattle, Washington. We discuss their Salesforce Implementation and how we connected through catchafire.org.

Section 4: Helpful Salesforce Resources
02:42

This lecture covers some of the helpful LinkedIn Groups that are related to Salesforce. You can follow the latest happenings on the platform, be alerted to job opportunities, and find out about local meetups in your area. LinkedIn Groups provide a great way to start networking and find Salesforce connections and jobs.

Article

This text lecture covers how to connect with other Salesforce Users, Developers, Administrators and more, either online, or locally.

06:05

This lecture covers the Salesforce Success Community and also the Online Help system. The Salesforce community is a helpful online community of Salesforce professionals that answer each others questions. Both the Success Community and the Online Help System are indispensable resources that have gotten me past roadblocks many times in my Salesforce career.

09:05

You can check the status of your Salesforce instance by going to this helpful website. You can also monitor transaction counts, view maintenance and upgrade schedules, and more at trust.salesforce.com.

13:22

This lecture was recorded on May 15, 2016. I run through the website certification.salesforce.com and show you the 16 different certifications that are currently available on the Salesforce Platform. We also discuss the recently retired Developer 401 and Advanced Developer 501 certifications, as well as which certifications have taken their place.

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This bonus lecture introduces you to my latest course, "The Complete Salesforce Administrator Certification Course" and shows you how to get coupon codes to my other upcoming Salesforce courses for users, consultants and developers.

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Instructor Biography

Mike Wheeler, 6 Salesforce Certifications - Most Salesforce Certs on Udemy

Thank you for visiting my profile. I teach Salesforce because I am passionate about the platform and the awesome things you can build quickly. There is an extreme shortage of Salesforce talent in the job market, and I am creating Salesforce Certification and User courses so that you can get a good paying job in the cloud.

I have been building solutions on the Salesforce platform since 2008. Before discovering Salesforce, I worked as a Technical Writer, Trainer, and built blogs using Wordpress. Once I found Salesforce, I saw it as the quickest path to building world-class web and mobile applications for businesses and consumers. I've attained 6 Salesforce Certifications along the way: Salesforce Developer, Salesforce Administrator, Salesforce Advanced Administrator, Salesforce Sales Cloud Consultant, Salesforce Service Cloud Consultant, and Salesforce Platform App Builder.

You can verify my certifications by going to http://certification.salesforce.com/verification and searching for my name. I am the founder of Mike Wheeler Media, LLC, where my mission is to Inspire, Equip and Train the masses on the Salesforce Platform. Feel free to connect with me through the various social profile links on my profile here. 

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