Why Is Upskilling so Valuable for your Salesforce Career?

Why should you upskill? Upskilling is a great way to stand out from the crowd, particularly in a competitive job market, as it’s all about learning and developing skills that will be relevant for the future.

Staying on-top of trends in the ecosystem will enable you to increase your employability and progress in your career, especially if you are looking to transition into a slightly different role than what you are currently in.

In fact, a survey by Hays found that 77% of employers would shortlist a candidate who upskills regularly.

So how can you upskill yourself? Here are our 4 top tips…

1. Take on Additional Responsibilities in Your Current Role

One of the easiest ways to expand your skillset whilst in your current role is to ask for additional responsibility.

Identify how the skills you want to learn add value to the company and have a conversation with your manager. In most cases, a lot of companies will already offer some form of training and development programme as a way to decrease the skills gap in the industry. There may already be something in place within your organisation that you can utilise to upskill.

This will increase, not only your career options, but also your professional value to the company you already work for as you become an integral part of the team.

2. Start a Side Project

If you are looking to upskill in order to transition into a slightly different role that requires completely new skills, one way to learn and develop your skillset is to start a side project.

Unlike taking on additional responsibility in your current role, a side project allows for more flexibility to learn as and when suits you.

Once you have gained the skills that you require a side project also offers an immediate platform to utilise those skills in the ecosystem.

Here are our top tips on how to choose a side project that will get you noticed.

3. Try a Certification

Salesforce certifications are a great way to expand your skills and knowledge of the platform.

Earning certifications highlights to potential employers that you have the theory to be able to solve complex problems and find solutions.

Salesforce also offers lots of resources for all of their certifications, that you can take advantage of when learning new skills.

For advice on certifications, check out our exclusive blog by Solution Architect, Aldo Fernandez.

4. Set Goals and Targets for Your Development

The process of upskilling beings even before you start to learn something new. The first thing you need to do when looking to learn a new skill is set yourself realistic goals and targets.

Not only will this help you to stay focused on your development and allow you to utilise your time wisely, it also offers the opportunity to comprehensively map out your career and create a path for you to follow.

To make your goals achievable, try to make them as specific, measurable and time restricted as possible, so that you are kept accountable whilst upskilling.

With these 4 tips you should be able to gain valuable skills and experience that will give you a competitive advantage when looking for your next role in the ecosystem.

Are you a talented Salesforce professional looking to take the next step in your career? Speak to our specialist consultants today!

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