I am semi-retired now, doing consulting work and I see a lot of opportunities for SFDC Admin work. I’ve landed a few small gigs and clients have been very happy but most folks want certs, which I understand.
I’ve done the Udacity SFDC App Dev course and I am building an app to service a niche NGO market and a separate customization for a niche retail market space. I’m working my way through the certifiedondemand.com SFDC course for the 2nd time, I took the Admin exam about a month ago and failed. I’d like to keep going but I’m wondering what the window of opportunity is the SFDC Admin and Developers. There is a huge demand right now but that bubble could burst.
Can you recommend a specific course of action/timeline to get the Admin and Developer certs or is it worth it. BTW I’m also doing some Java dev courses on Udemy.
On the Hill, Not Over the Hill
Dear On the Hill Not Over the Hill,
I’m really glad you asked this question!
I work with a shockingly large number of admins and devs who are old enough to be my parent. I’d go as far to say that I believe the average age of a Salesforce professional is older than the average employee at a company like Google.
Long story short, Salesforce is one of the few industries where overall business knowledge (gained over the years) is critical whether you’re an admin or a developer. We work in a special niche. The average Java developer, for example, doesn’t need to know a lick about these things. So don’t let yourself discount yourself age, your experience is your most valuable asset!
As for the window of opportunity in this industry, it’s as big as it has ever been and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. I personally think you have to be crazy not to take advantage of it, especially at this current point in time.
Don’t feel bad about failing ADM 201 – I often say it’s the most difficult of the 5 core certifications. To be frank, no course or tutorial will help you pass this one. ADM 201 is purely about memorization.
Here’s what I recommend for you to get 5 certifications in 3 months:
SFDC99 Guide to Passing All Certifications
Inspiration: How Mayank got 5 certifications in 6 weeks!
I’ll end with a quote I think about a lot when deciding to learn new things:
“If I had known I’d live to be 80, I would’ve started playing violin at age 60. With 20 years of practice I would become a grandmaster!”
Hope this helps!
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