David’s note: SFDC99’s first success story from a lady and hopefully not the last! Heather, I have many regrets in life that I’ve never had the guts to overcome but I’m going to remember your story next time! Your bravery is nothing short of courageous and I hope it gives many women (and men) out there the push they need to succeed! I wish there were more people like you in the world! YOU ARE AMAZING HEATHER!
Here’s my story:
Like so many people on this site, I did not come from a coding background although I always wanted to learn. My high school computer science class taught us PowerPoint and typing. I even tried to teach myself on codecademy, but since I was living on a farm, our internet was a whopping 14 kilobytes/s.
I’d hoped I would be able learn in college, and went to one meeting of an organization that we had on campus that taught students Java. As soon as I walked in I realized I was the only girl. I remember when they made us go around the room and introduce ourselves and everyone was staring at me. I felt so uncomfortable that I wanted to cry. Even though it was a great opportunity, I never went back and I regret it every day.
I ended up graduating 3 years later with a degree in International Studies (the most practical degree ever) and got a job as an IT Recruiter. That was my first real exposure to IT, they would tell me to find a DBA and I would Google what the heck a DBA is. We even did some Salesforce recruiting! Later, we implemented a Salesforce Applicant Tracking System and I started exploring everything that we could do with it until I self-appointed myself our admin and went for my 201 and 401 certifications. I was so excited every time I found out that Salesforce could do something I didn’t expect it to be able to.
But I realized very quickly that even though there was so much we could do with point-and-click development, we still needed Apex to get the full benefits of it so I began looking online for resources to learn and eventually found SFDC99. I spent so many nights and weekends pouring over Head First Java and this website and finally, two months ago, I wrote my first real trigger for our org! I’m so happy that I’ve finally accomplished one of my goals that I’ve had since I was young!
Since then I started a pro-bono project in my free time and have been studying up for my 501 exam. Thanks so much for everything you do, I wish there were more people like you in the world.
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