Andrew Chan is a Salesforce Developer who started his Salesforce career with Revolent. We caught up with him to see where his career path had led him after joining a client as part of their in-house team.
Hi Andrew! First up, can you tell me a little bit about your background?
Hi! After graduating, I really wasn’t too sure about what I wanted to do, or where I wanted to be. However, I had always been interested in technology, so for the next few years I worked in web development and as an app rule-maker. Usually the jobs I worked involved CRMs or Salesforce to some degree. However, I wanted better opportunities, I wanted to go somewhere. As anyone who lives in the North (or even the midlands) will tell you, most of the best opportunities were in London, so I decided to move there.
So how did you end up finding out about Revolent?
I was interested in building out my tech skills, but I wasn’t really sure how to do it. However, I’d been reaching out to various tech contacts on LinkedIn and I received a message from Revolent. They were interested in hiring new Revols and reached out to me (as someone with a fairly demonstrated history in CRMs and who was familiar with Salesforce) to see if I was interested.
What interested you in Revolent and why did you join?
Revolent sounded like a really interesting opportunity. I did my research; on Revolent, Salesforce, and the CRM skills I needed to become a Revol, and it looked like a good fit for me. The flexibility of the role, the ability to work with various clients around the globe, and the fact that they covered training costs were all big ticks for me.
Also the consultancy side of it really interested me. I knew that consulting was a difficult role but – that if I could master it – it could really take me places. That’s held true. At Revolent you’re more than a Developer, you’re a Consultant who specialises in solving problems and fulfilling requirements for a whole range of companies.
Which certifications did you receive at Revolent?
I received the Salesforce Admin Certification, Platform Developer 1, and Salesforce App Builder.
What did life look like after Revolent?
After finishing the Developer track with Revolent and receiving my certifications, I was placed across a range of clients that Revolent worked with, initially. Before long, I was placed with a client for a longer term. They were very interested in me and my work, and offered me a position on their permanent in-house team when my contract with Revolent expired. I accepted the offer and have worked with them ever since.
What does your day-to-day look like as an in house Salesforce Developer.
As an in-house Salesforce Developer, my tasks are fairly similar to what they were when I worked for Revolent. However, now I have quite a bit of experience behind me at my current workplace, the tasks I receive are closer to mid and senior level work. Basically, it’s a little harder.
We currently work via two week sprints, with a set amount of tickets (or tasks). I get through as many of those as I can, while maintaining a really high standard of work. Then we sit down as a team and review the work of the last two weeks and set up a new sprint. It’s an exciting, fast-paced cycle and I’m always learning new things.
The standard day goes something like this: Stand up morning meeting, discussion and planning, work on tickets, peer review, rinse and repeat!
Would you say Revolent was useful as a way in to being hired in your current position?
Oh absolutely. When you initially start with Revolent, you’re trained until you receive certifications that prove you understand the fundamentals. Revols aren’t recent graduates and almost all of them have a background in technology, but a lot of people don’t necessarily have Salesforce training.
That initial training is invaluable. Not only are you taught well, but the cost of training is covered by Revolent. For people like me, this is huge as Salesforce certification can be really costly. To me, it’s like a better version of university, without the crippling student loans!
And, of course, if I hadn’t been placed at my current company, I likely wouldn’t be working for them directly today.
Do you have any advice for someone who is interested in becoming a Revol?
As I mentioned, you don’t have to be a Salesforce genius to start training as a Revol, so it’s a career path that a lot of people can get in to (which I don’t think people realize when they’re considering it). So my first piece of advice would be, don’t be dissuaded by the technical side of things. Revolent have a great academy, you’ll get the support you need.
Another thing I’d say is that it’s a big ecosystem and there are lots of opportunities for progression. While this sounds great, it can also be a little scary. The best way to start at Revolent is to have a goal, or a clear idea of where you want to go within Salesforce, early on. Do you want to be a Salesforce Admin or a Salesforce Developer? As long as you have an interest in learning Salesforce (and the drive to do it), you can be either and it can be really rewarding.
My final piece of advice is that you have to have commitment. It’s not something to flex in and out of, it’s a career path that you really have to stick to. For example, even when you’re placed with a client there is the expectation that you’ll keep on learning and receiving new Salesforce certifications. So make sure you’re interested in learning continuously.
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