After completing my education, I had a lot of uncertainty about my future career path. How should I start? When would I get a job?
In 2007, my company took on a Salesforce project. I thought about my Dad and the values he instilled in me. My heart told me that Salesforce was the right path, and I decided to continue my career journey. There was no turning back.
I dove into Salesforce, working with big clients like Symantec, VMWare, and P&G and skilled up on many new things on every project. I am so thankful for my managers and team members who helped me at every step in my career.
Learning Salesforce helped me explore new opportunities, too. In India, I helped teach Salesforce skills to students, some who went on to work for big multinational customers like Verizon and VSP. Now, when I catch up with them, they inspire me with stories about where they are today and how Salesforce changed their career trajectories.
I moved to the U.S. in 2013, and today I lead the Salesforce Platform team at Grubhub. At first, I used to travel from my home in the suburbs to attend the Chicago User Group, which was difficult on my schedule due to the long commute. I noticed that other people from the suburbs faced the same issue, so I started the Schaumburg User Group. Today, we have more than 230 members and I lead regular meetings with at least 25 people in attendance.
Salesforce significantly changed my life and I want to pay it forward — I’m always available to anyone interested in Salesforce. I’ve helped 26 people (and counting) take a position in the Salesforce ecosystem and have trained about 35 one-on-one.
As a Salesforce evangelist, I worked hard to earn 15 Salesforce certifications, attended Dreamforce three times and Connections twice, went to TrailHeaDX ‘19, and was at the first Trailblazer Summit this year.
In August 2019, I became a Lightning Champion and continue to give back through the Trailblazer Community. While my journey has had some ups and downs, I’m grateful for all of my experiences. I believe that big things are still to come for me. And as long as I stay true to my values and continue to work hard, I can achieve my goals.
No matter where you are in your career journey, you can create a path to the career you want. Here are the top tips I have learned on my journey that can help you too:
Above all else, believe in yourself. Don’t let the opinions of others pull you back or decrease your self-confidence. Keep up the good work and continue to do what you do!