David’s note: Ken, I don’t know if you watch basketball but you are the Stephen Curry of certifications… you are simply the DESTROYER of certification records! Congratulations on your success and I commend you for continuing your quest for more knowledge and more certifications. P.S. treat your wife out to a nice dinner for getting you off your butt!
Hello Fellow Salesforce.com Enthusiasts!
My journey to Salesforce.com certification has been an interesting one, and I hope I’m not being too pretentious by telling my story. I hope others will get some inspiration, and that my record of passed certification tests will only stand for a short while!
Let’s keep this story short, though, ok?
Here’s the short version: After 21+ years in IT as a Senior Engineer, Instructor, Information Management Director, Technology Architect, and other interesting job titles, I’ve finally made time to actually put Paper behind my Experience.
I’ve been involved with CRM applications for a good chunk of my career, and Salesforce.com in one way or another since 2003, but, I’ve never bothered to go after the certifications, until now! I made some personal decisions to focus more on getting the really important things taken care of at home, and, as a result, my career growth over the last few years hasn’t been keeping up with the previous years of growth. I knew there was only one way to jump-start that growth again, and that’s Technical Certifications.
I stumbled across SFDC99 late last year, and poked around a little bit. I grabbed the flash cards, and ran through a few of them – once. Then, I put them down. That little voice in the back of my head kept saying “Go get the Certifications. You Have To Do It!”, but, as is the case many times, life got in the way.
So, one night mid January, I was talking with my beautiful wife again about how much I needed to get the certifications taken care of. In her
Two weeks later, after studying hard on the materials that David has helped us find, on Feb 1 I took the Admin exam. On Feb 2, I took the Platform Dev 1 exam. On Feb 4, I took the Advanced Admin exam. On Feb 5 I took the Sales Cloud exam. On Feb 6, I took the Service Cloud exam, and finally, on Feb 14 I took the Platform App Builder exam. I passed them all on the first try.
Yep, that’s right, folks, 6 certifications passed in 2 weeks!
Now, I’m not stopping there. Next up is: Platform Dev 2, then the 9 new Domain Architect exams are on my docket. My goal is to have the Technical Architect certification within the next 12 months.
So, that’s the short version of my story. I hope it brings some inspiration, and shows what can be done by just putting stepping up and making it happen!
I look forward to seeing all of you on the boards, on the Success communities, and collaborating on making us all better Salesforce.com Professionals!
Please, don’t hesitate to reach out and ask fellow Certified Professionals for help reaching your goals! We’re all here to help each other!
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