I say with zero hesitation that this is the best course of the Apex Academy so far!!
The key to awakening the power of Apex lies in SOQL – yes this is the course where you become all-powerful in Salesforce! It is a MUST watch! Learn how to write SOQL queries, how to integrate SOQL in your Apex triggers, and how to defend your org from bugs by using SOQL in your test classes.
|Coding Tutorials: Three hours of video tutorials covering every aspect of SOQL!|
|Live Demos: Countless demos of how SOQL is used in real-world business scenarios!|
|Homework: Over 30 different homework assignments and their answers!|
|Love: Yes this is the best Apex Academy course so far!|
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Don’t forget – scholarships are available to veterans, loved ones of veterans, those unemployed, or people just experiencing difficult times. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to apply!
David’s note: this is the same internship that spawned a developer success story last year! A rare chance to build up your knowledge and resume under one of the best Salesforce professionals in the industry. I’ve personally met Terry and can attest to him. HIGHLY recommended!
We are opening our popular Salesforce Nonprofit internship again this fall. I (Terry Cole) seek one Salesforce intern to mentor and guide. You could be pretty much anywhere as I’m willing to teleconference and make this a virtual job. You’ll do projects for me. I think this requires at least 15 hours per week to be successful. I’ll invest at least 2 hours per week in you. I’ll also set training tasks in front of you to make sure you’re well rounded. I want a 13 week commitment from some starting point.
You’ll know and demonstrate knowledge of Flow, using process builder with flow, NPSP 3.0 objects, writing SF project specifications, packaging solutions for sharing, architecture of a powerful but declarative solutions and more.
Terry is recognized by peers and respected in the non-profit Salesforce community:
Apply by filling this form. We will email you with how to followup. Serious applications will include resume, why you want the internship, how you can balance 15 hours of weekly work with your schedule, and when you’d like to start.
Good luck everyone!
It’s done right now and it’s AWESOME!
Best one of the series so far if you ask me. Lots of magic =)
Still going through final review, will have a formal announcement once it’s available to watch!
While you wait it might be a good idea to brush up on the first two courses!
David’s note: Sandip, this is the sweetest story that touches every emotion. Pain, struggle, hard work, hope, success, love, gratitude. You embody the best of SFDC99 and you’re an inspiration for me too to work harder on my dreams even if things don’t go as planned. I am not surprised by your success and I predict much more will come your way too!
I am really happy to tell the world my story on the most popular Salesforce blog. David, the only reason I have had this opportunity to put my words here is you and your amazing work spread by SFDC99.com.
Well 4 years back, I failed in my first technical interview for an internship project while I was in my final semester of my masters. The final words of the person taking the interview were ‘You can’t write a single line of code. Think about some other career options and stop imagining your career in IT companies.’
I was very nervous and abandoned all hope. Though I had basic understanding of coding concepts, I didn’t code for any project or application. Maybe that’s the reason why I got rejected in the interview, I confess.
Motivational speeches helped me a lot to keep thinking in a positive way during this time. I thrived and successfully completed my thesis build on ‘Neural Network’, the most difficult topic I have ever worked for. Also, I joined a company as a trainee ASP.Net developer to learn programming on live projects. I was working all 7 days a week to manage both my thesis and company’s work.
After four months, I got an offer for Salesforce developer position. Since I was dreaming of a career in could computing, I decided to take the job. I prepared for the interview and got the job. The first few months passed and I began to understand just the basics of Salesforce. It was a daily practice for me to bookmark each useful link and learn Salesforce concepts from it after office work.
While searching for some help on Google, I came across SFDC99 and read through all of the pages within a day. ‘David Liu’ became my role model and I decided to be included in ‘5 Certificates in 6-weeks’ club after reading success story of Mayank and Adam.
When I began preparation and started gathering study materials in September ’15, my beloved sister passed away leaving me crying. It was really hard time to come back from the situation and look after my family. I was forced by conditions to quit my job.
At some point, I had another chance to live my dreams. Days passed and everything came back to normal. I appeared in an interview again and was selected. My eagerness towards earning Salesforce certifications was still alive and my wife was well aware of this.
One day while discussing the exam and preparation plan, the discussion came to the end with a planned goal for ‘5 Certificates in 5 Weeks’ before July ’16. My wife sketched my schedule for preparation and compromised with an Anniversary Gift to arrange my exam fees at once for 5 certificates.
The actual preparation started and my days passed 14 hours working in front of computer screen: 8 while in office and 6 for SFDC exam preparation. I touched almost all of the ‘Help for this page’ links and the bunch of bookmarks created from my 3 years’ experience. The workbooks and ‘Limits & Consideration’ sections for each topic, Quizlet, and practice exams were also very helpful to pass the exams.
Finally, the day came on 22 July, I passed the Service cloud consultant certificate and entered into ‘5 certs in 5 weeks’ club.
At the end of my story, I would like to thank some special individuals who are directly or indirectly attached with my journey.
My God – I believe, He lives inside me, listen to me every time and He loves me a lot.
My father – He trusted me on every phase of my life whether it is about choosing the career option or allowing me to resign from government job before my masters.
David Liu – As a living inspiration, you have truly encouraged lots of people like me to learn SFDC and coding. David, you are the ROCKSTAR of Salesforce!!
Nishant Pradhan Sir – The leader who is known for his personality. Nothing I can say will ever convey the amount of gratitude, I owe to him for showing me how to have the right attitude.
My first interview taker – Thank you so much for opening my eyes to another beautiful life!
My wife – If I could, I would marry her thousand times.
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David’s note: People always ask “can I really change careers and get a Salesforce developer job?” WELL YES YOU CAN! Nagen did it and so can YOU! By the way, he also got five certifications in the process too! Be like Nagen and take matters into your own hands, cheers buddy!
It’s been exactly 1 year.
It’s been exactly 1 year since I officially started my career as a Salesforce Developer. I’m not like most people who reach out to you. I started my career in the IT industry. The kind of work I did for the first few years was of absolutely no value. Yes, I had a job, but I was never really writing code (in an IT company !). It bothered me every day that I was missing out on what I could bring to the table as a developer.
After a few failed attempts at getting a developer role in my company, I decided to take matters into my own hands. Salesforce came as a natural choice, because I had already worked in the CRM domain, and it would give me the opportunity to code. I spent around 6 months learning as much as I could about Salesforce. There are many websites/blogs out there on Salesforce, many written by MVPs, but most are very technical and wouldn’t make much sense to someone who’s just started.
Then, there’s SFDC99. It was the perfect tutorial. The clean look and simple language, made me feel like I wasn’t too dumb to learn Salesforce. After some time, I got a job at Salesforce.com Support. 6 months later, I was hired by a tiny startup looking for Salesforce developers. I finally get to write code. Wouldn’t say that I’m excellent at it, but it feels like a natural extension of my capability.
You’ve got so many things going on right now. Congratulations on the baby! The Apex Academy looks good! Many people (like me) would still love to have the tutorial in text :)
I cannot thank you enough for starting SFDC99.
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What a Summer it has been!
Our new addition to the family has brought so much joy to my wife and I! Thank you all for your newborn tips – I remind myself of a few of them on a daily basis!
As crazy as the Summer has been, the craziest part is it gets even crazier in the coming months!
7.13.16 – Apex Academy: The third installment, “The Power of SOQL” is halfway done as of today! Look out for a launch in August!
7.18.16 – Salesforce Lightning Event: I’ll be in Chicago next week meeting up with Salesforce employees and MVPs to talk LIGHTNING!
8.18.16 – San Antonio, TX User Group: Flying over to Texas to talk to their user group, I LOVE Texas!
10.04.16 – Dreamforce: I’ll be speaking at Dreamforce this year, stop by and say HI!
…back to the baby!
I have been planning out a change of my career from finance to development. I don’t have any experience in any programming languages like Java, C, C#, or Visual Basic either.
Can I make a career shift from finance to Salesforce just by passing certifications? I have the passion to learn but need some credible advice from a guy like you for whom I was searching for.
If I currently pass any one certification, will the industry offer me a position even though I don’t possess any working knowledge of Salesforce?
I read your story in the the “About me” section and started admiring you. I believe all your hard work paid off for you in a wonderful way. I wish you good luck in your professional and personal life.
Get Me Out Of Here!
Dear Get Me Out of Here!,
Thank you for reaching out to me and I hope my advice can help you achieve your dreams!
One certification with zero experience is not enough to get a job in this industry unfortunately! It’s very common for most job applicants to have at least one certification, in fact, the average resume I see has 2+ certifications, plus at least a year of Salesforce experience.
Here’s what I recommend someone in your position to do:
One other word of advice – certifications don’t make you a great Salesforce professional, but they do look good on your resume. Don’t let yourself get too caught up in getting certified and forget that the true goal is learning Salesforce. You will need to supplement all certification learning with actual, hands-on Salesforce knowledge. This applies especially with coding!
I also recommend you read these pages:
P.S. anyone can code, regardless of background or experience =)
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Yet another reason to learn to code!
According to this MarketWatch article, half of all high paying jobs nowadays require coding skills!
A surprisingly large percentage no doubt, but I’m not surprised to see how useful coding is in the job industry… it’s the skill of future and I don’t want to be a man of the past!
I always say it but I’ll say it again: learning to code in Salesforce is learning a skill for life! Long after Salesforce is gone (and I hope that day never comes), you’ll have a transferrable skill with your coding knowledge. Once you learn one programming language, all others are easy to pick up.
Declarative / point-and-click Salesforce tools, on the other hand, are a different story. Those skills are so Salesforce specific that you’re essentially tying all your knowledge on one platform. You never want your career to be in the hands of one company!
If you’re still on the fence on whether you want to learn to code or not, it’s time to take charge of your own career and learn a life skill in coding!
This Salesforce career observation always surprised me:
The smartest developers aren’t always the ones succeeding.
So strange. You’d think the best programmer in the room would be the most valuable. But time after time I see lesser Salesforce developers succeeding instead… but why?!
Take a look at First Take, ESPN’s #1 rated sports talk show. The hosts, Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith, honestly, are total clowns. They don’t provide deep sports analyses. They don’t make compelling arguments. And they regularly get outclassed on their own tv show by people who actually know what they’re talking about.
Yet, I love their show and I can’t stop watching it! Why? They’re entertaining. And they accomplish ESPN’s most important goal: get lots of viewers!
Similarly for us, the best Salesforce coders often don’t provide the most value to the team.
Think about it. The most important goal for the majority of Salesforce orgs is to solve business challenges. Note that I said business challenges, not technical challenges! Surely, technical ability is important. But not as important as solving business needs.
So when I see “lesser” developers succeeding, it’s because they’re able to solve business challenges better – without having the most advanced code. These developers:
The crazy truth is that a lot of times the code is the least important part of a project!
So yes, you do need to know how to code to be a strong Salesforce professional. But don’t feel discouraged if you’re not the best coder on your team. You can be immensely more valuable by first focusing on your team’s goals, then on the code!
P.S. Check out the Taylor Swift Principle for more tips on succeeding without being the best coder!