Two Revols who embody this Revolent ethos are Akasia Perran and Kev Cadger. Akasia, from Indianapolis, US, explains: ‘I come from a career background of Systems Engineering, amongst other things, so when I found out about Salesforce, I was blown away about how much power was in the users’ hands and what we could do without programming. Learning with Trailhead was an amazing start to gaining my first certification but finding a job was trickier. Many employers wanted three to five years' experience - and then there was a world pandemic to contend with too.
‘I found out about Revolent at a Salesforce careers fair, saw how much they invested in training and valued previous work experience, and quickly realised ‘This is my place!’. I also know first-hand how much Revolent value inclusion, as I’m legally blind. Instructors are extremely accommodating, and conversations around what you need couldn’t be more natural or easy.’
With eight years’ experience on CRM platforms in South Africa, Kev Cadger joined Revolent after emigrating to the UK in 2019: ‘I’d already started learning on Trailhead before I left, and soon saw how big the Salesforce ecosystem was in the UK. I decided to apply to Revolent for the cross-training opportunities and had a fantastic trainer who really inspired me to learn more. I thought Salesforce must be something special if one person spoke so highly about it, but discovering how open and helpful the Trailblazer community is was an absolute game-changer.
‘I now have six certifications and am taking the seventh next week. In fact, I’m the most certified Revol in the UK! There’s so much support, personally and professionally, that I’ve grown a lot, bettering myself with soft skills as well as with digital skills, and completing two placements. My next step is moving into the consulting space, which I’m really excited about.’
Akasia, on the other hand, is joining the Learning & Development team at Revolent to be an instructor herself. She concludes: ‘My advice for others? Take a look at Salesforce and be prepared to fall in love. The ecosystem is wonderful and accessibility is a given. Then take a look at Trailhead - it’s like a sandbox you can play with and the support is tremendous. And then investigate Revolent, who are in perfect alignment with Salesforce’s values, giving you all the training you need and holding the door open to some incredible work opportunities.’