I believe that for a Salesforce developer there is nothing more important than the practice of working on different projects, with different stacks
1. How many and what certificates do you have?
At the moment I have 8 certificates:
- Platform Developer I
- Service Cloud Consultant
- Sales Cloud Consultant
- Platform App Builder
- OmniStudio Developer
- Experience Cloud Consultant
- Field Service Consultant.
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I got the first one last year, and the rest of them in the past 7 months: one certificate per month.
2. How do you choose what certification is next?
Certificates are typically awarded after a certain period of time. For example, when someone works with Sales Cloud for a year and then consolidates this experience by passing a certificate. I have a slightly different approach.
I take certification exams in order to improve my knowledge in a field I’m working in at the moment or in what I consider to be relevant in the market now. After all, when preparing for the certification, the knowledge base in your head gets systematized, you pay attention to technical details, and you re-read a lot of technical documentation.
3. Why do you think this strategy is more justified?
Well, you must admit, there are few people among us who, in their free time, are like: "But shouldn't I read the documentation?" And when you have a goal of passing a certificate, then you have the motivation to read documentation as you get prepared.
Thus, I consider the preparation process itself to be much more important than obtaining a certificate.
Certificates only reinforce practice, but do not stand for real experience.
Typically, I set a goal, such as passing this or that certificate by this or that date. Such a plan does not allow me to relax and put off preparing for a long time. For me, the optimal pace is a month for preparation in my free time. If there is no overtime on the project 🙂
4. What sources do you use to get ready for the certification?
As for preparation: I start, of course, with Trail Mixes. In general, I consider Trailhead to be a super thing in terms of Salesforce training in general and preparing for a certificate in particular. I also go through all the dumps on the Internet for the past releases. If my answer does not match the proposed answer, or I'm not sure, then I look for an answer in the documentation. I think this is a very optimal approach. Our brain works in such a way that a reasonable amount of concentration will let you remember important information without extra effort.
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5. Are there any tips to get psychologically prepared for the certification?
If we talk about morale, then, of course, there is anxiety before the test. It is very important to cope with it, but with the X certificate, you worry less and less.
I want to highlight the support of the company. Everything is based on your desire. The company provides opportunities and moral support. There is no pressure, and this is very important and valuable.
What about energy and aspiration: when there is motivation to grow and develop as a specialist, and the company's huge support in this, then everything happens by itself.
My plans are to continue to grow as a developer, to pass new certificates. I really love my job, I love Salesforce, so for me certificates are integral stages of my professional development.
UPD Since that, Irina got her 9th certificate 🙂
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