S3E13: High School Dropout to Salesforce Admin with Zac Otero

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In today’s episode of the Learn to Code With Me podcast, I talk with Zac Otero, a self-taught Salesforce admin at BKD – one of America’s top-tier CPA and advisory firms.

Before Zac became a Salesforce admin, he was a high school dropout working long hours in a factory. He transitioned into tech after speaking to a Salesforce developer and realizing that he was interested in training as an admin and learning more about the opportunities Salesforce could offer.

In this episode, Zac tells us about his journey into tech from an unrelated career. He gives advice on how to learn to work with Salesforce and reminds us to never to underestimate ourselves.

Key takeaways:

  • Don’t worry if you don’t have a college education; a lot of companies don’t ask if you have a degree. Instead they’re looking for the right skill set, a good culture fit, and someone who will work well with their team.
  • There are no prerequisites for getting certified with Salesforce. Don’t let not having a degree stop you from taking that step.
  • If you want to apply for a job within Salesforce, it’s important to network with the community. So many positions are filled through referrals and networking!
  • Even if you aren’t a natural learner, as long as you aren’t afraid to work hard and put the hours into learning a new skill set, you can transition into tech.

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