For August, 2017, the Salesforce MVP of the Month is Rebe de la Paz. Unlike the “Accidental Admins” we hear so much about, Rebe got her start in late 2012 doing massive data migration and manipulations. Ouch! Without further delay, meet Rebe!
6. What piece of advice would you give to someone who is just starting a career in the Salesforce Ecosystem? I give this advice to the Intro to Salesforce classes I teach as well as individuals I work who have decided to pursue a Salesforce career. Attend user group meetings/events (in-person if possible or virtually). The networks, friends and support I have received from the user group community is undefinable.
My participation within the community has provided me with not just a platform for my Salesforce career, but also so many other vital cornerstones. Such as answers to my questions (even the simple ones born out of my ignorance), empowering support (that extra push from people I now call soul sisters & brothers), a pat on the back (when things are not going well at work or home), opening doors to opportunities beyond my expectations (serving as a vehicle to get me involved in helping others) and I could go on infinitely.
This is the biggest piece of advice I can give to those starting out because it is what so many of us have done to get to where we are at now and it is what encompasses this amazing “thing” we call the Salesforce Ecosystem.
7. We all know there is life outside Salesforce. What do you enjoy doing when you are off the platform? I am a Salesforce-As-A-Lifestyle career lady. I spend my time not logged into the platform, planning how to log others onto the platform as well as into the Salesforce ecosystem through our non-profit PepUp Tech that I co-founded with four others.
I’ve said this before and I will say it continuously. We spend so much time solving problems to make money, why not spend time providing solutions to help our communities. This takes up a large portion of my time outside of the platform; however, I do have a family that I love and cherish with all my heart. My family time is even more special to me because I have filled my days with work and community work. I enjoy family time with my kids and my spouse. We spend a lot of time just sitting together talking about anything, spending time outside during the summer and my favorite is when we sit together at the dinner table eating a meal I have cooked. It’s the little things in life that I appreciate the most because I have experienced not being able to partake in such trivial moments due to having to work multiple jobs with long hours.