From Pharmacist to Salesforce Engineer 🥼
“ I wouldn’t be in the role I am now without Summer of Salesforce. It helped me to get the certification that I needed and the job that I wanted.
The course gave me insights that I never would have thought of studying by myself. There are 1-on-1 meetings every fortnight, lots of support, and help from your peers. There is also a project which helps to give you hands-on experience. All this helped me achieve my certification faster and secured a job immediately. ”
Meet Marianne - ex-Pharmacist, and working in her dream job at Xero as a Salesforce Graduate Engineer! Marianne took part in our Summer of Salesforce course - an intensive 3 month bootcamp, run from November to February. We caught up to see how her journey has been so far.
🔎 How did you find out about Summer of Salesforce?
I was on the email list for Summer of Tech and saw some information about the course in the email newsletter, so I quickly signed up.
🤝 What made you decide to enrol for the course?
I was looking into Salesforce before I even registered for Summer of Tech. So as soon as I saw that there was a course available I jumped at the chance.
💻 What skills and experience have you gained through the course?
A lot! I wouldn’t be in the role I am now without it. It helped me to get the certification that I needed and the job that I wanted.
📚 How have you applied the knowledge that you have gained?
I’m currently working in the Salesforce graduate programme at Xero, and it’s given me a really good foundation and base of knowledge from which to start.
✨ What was the highlight of the course for you?
I met lots of really great people who are passionate about what they want to do, many of whom were looking to change careers. The instructors were awesome, and I also made some great friends.
🧐 What is your tip for anyone else considering enrolling in this course?
Give it your all! While it is not a hard course it does require a lot of your time and attention, more so for me as I was working full time as well as studying part time. The teaching and Q&A sessions were run at night so if you work during the day you really have to be motivated. The Salesforce admin certification exam that you get to sit for at the end is the true goal as achieving that will open up doors for you.
🗺 Where are you now since finishing the Summer of Salesforce programme?
I am currently a Salesforce Graduate Engineer at Xero and it has been awesome. Getting the certification definitely helped with the current learning curve but I was definitely lucky enough to get a second chance at Xero after achieving the certification. It was a combination of luck and hard work but I have seen others in my cohort achieve their dream jobs as well after gaining their certification!
🔮 What’s next for you?
To work hard and study hard! I’d like to get more qualifications. Being a Salesforce Engineer is the goal.
❤️ Do you have any questions or comments about Summer of Salesforce?
Most people at the time had never heard of Salesforce and many still haven't but Summer of Salesforce was an awesome course for those that are keen to learn about Salesforce. It is definitely worth considering if you are looking for a career change. The course gave me insights that I never would have thought of studying by myself. There are 1-on-1 meetings every fortnight, lots of support, and help from your peers. There is also a project which helps to give you hands-on experience. All this helped me achieve my certification faster and secured a job immediately.