Experiences from Salesforce Academy

Experiences from Salesforce Academy

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Tailored programme to make my dream reality

Participating in the Salesforce Academy training was like a tailored programme to make my dream reality. I warmly recommend this programme if you are ready to study intensively on training days and to immediately test what you have learned in working life. Actively taking initiative in getting to know the procedures of the company and having a positive attitude helps with practical challenges. In addition to the training days, a successful completion of the certificate also demands studying outside working hours. For me, this course offered a good employment contract with assignments that correspond to my education and work experience, and to which Salesforce Academy brought a well-designed learning path to utilise the system effectively. In addition to the employment contract, I also made new friends and now have a network, which has given me irreplaceable support on the path of continuous learning.


Kati Lillstrang

Business Solution Owner, Digital Collaboration and Content Management

Vaisala Oyj

Eagerness to Learn and attitude of not giving up makes everything possible 

Being away from the industry for many years, I was looking for a new start. It was not easy to come back to the industry. I was updating my technical knowledge through Metropolia and Amiedu when I came to know about this program.  Decided to give it a try and then everything started changing. This program has changed my life by 180 degrees. 

Training was well managed and fun. Trainers were professional and organized. Other than program related training, we also participated in presentation trainings which I felt were confidence boosting. Throughout the program, I got encouragement from my fellow participants.  The group was awesome, social and active. Learnt a lot from them too. 

At workplace, I meet new challenges every day and I love it. Investigating cases and development tasks related to new features is part of everyday work. Learning is a continuous process.  My eagerness to learn and positive attitude of not giving up helped me reach my planned targets. I have learned how to overcome fears. 

This program gives one the opportunity to show skills and capabilities in the industry which is otherwise difficult for new comer. I highly recommend it. 


Pradnya Pendharkar 

Salesforce Designer 

Roger Studio Oy 

Updating skills led to my dream job

In late 2017, I had been unemployed for a little over a year and felt that if I wanted to get employed, I should update my skills to match current requirements. I felt that my skills before Salesforce Academy were somewhat fragmented: I was an experienced project manager, sales manager and consultant, and had been stuck in the translation business that felt like it was not offering enough challenges anymore. I wanted to find something new and inspiring. Degree-oriented studies were not an option at this point as I already had two university degrees, so I wanted to find something that would allow me to do practical work already during the studies but would also provide me with a diploma or a certificate to prove my new skills. I vacillated a bit between various recruiting training programmes, and finally ended up applying for Salesforce Academy organized by Saranen, which seemed to meet my requirements perfectly. I was already familiar with Salesforce through my previous job as a sales manager, and I was convinced that there is demand for Salesforce experts. The SF Academy training was also geared towards completing a Salesforce Certified Administrator certificate, so I also got an opportunity to acquire this prestigious certificate. Another thing I liked about this training programme was that there were already several companies interested in those applying for the programme, so I did not have to find a suitable job all by myself. I also appreciated the fact that I immediately become a part of a work community where I was able to put the things I learned during training to practical use and advance my skills.

Salesforce Academy exceeded my expectations in every way. I started my dream job at Avaus and immediately got into Salesforce work together with my new colleagues. The best of all is that at my job, I am also able to utilise my existing strengths and have participated in interesting customer projects both in Finland and abroad. I am very happy at my job and in my work community, especially because we are encouraged to learn new things in every way. I have already earned the Salesforce Sales Cloud Consultant certificate in addition to the Administrator certificate completed during the training programme and am planning other studies as well. My job has also allowed me to advance my other skills, so I feel that the training programme has exceeded my expectations several times over!

The participants in the Salesforce Academy training programme also formed an important community with whom I still communicate regularly: we share Salesforce knowledge, help each other in Salesforce-related matters and, of course, meet each other with regular irregularity. We have a top team consisting of people of different ages that became an important part of the entire training programme, and we have also utilised this network by sharing tips about job openings and by encouraging each other to study more.


If you are interested in Salesforce, I definitely want to encourage you to apply for Salesforce Academy. While learning how to use a new software, you create an excellent network of other SF experts and immediately get to try the things you learned during training in practice. A word of warning, though: there will be a lot to learn. Do not be discouraged, however, as six months is quite enough time to familiarise yourself with the Salesforce features, and what you do not learn through training, you will learn by working. In addition, Salesforce’s own learning environment Trailhead is a great place to learn more. If you apply for the programme, I would recommend starting the Trailhead study modules oriented towards the Administrator certificate already during the application process, as these studies are guaranteed to benefit you during the actual training programme.


Tuija Sihvo

Project Manager | Certified Salesforce Admin & Consultant | Growth Hacker

Avaus Marketing Innovations Oy

The recruiting program provided me the best possible stepping stone to a new career

I have worked for more than 10 years in marketing positions in large international brandhouses and became unemployed in August 2018. For a longer period, I had in mind that I would like to find a new direction for my career, particularly within marketing automation. Salesforce was not familiar to me as a platform before, but it came up many times in different contexts and a lot seemed to happen around it. The recruitment announcement by Saranen’s Salesforce program caught my attention and I applied a few days later. My interest became stronger as the recruitment process progressed. The further the recruitment process went, the less I was attracted to other potential direct job advertisements.

During the program I worked as a Salesforce consultant in Sofigate and got to work with customer projects from the beginning, which was definitely the best way to learn in action. After the program I got a permanent job from Sofigate as a Salesforce Solution Consultant. Currently my role is focused especially on growing the marketing automation consulting business at Sofigate. Learning continues every day and there will never be a situation where I could tell that I know everything.

The recruiting program provided me the best possible stepping stone to a new career in a world of Salesforce consulting. Through this program I found a permanent job in a ICT-company that employs more than 500 people and is growing all the time. In addition, the course participants formed a close network, with whom we still keep in touch with.

I would recommend Salesforce-program especially for those, who are ready to throw oneself for new thing and to learn a lot of new information. Salesforce also offers a great Trailhead -training environment for self-study and continuous development.

Juha-Pekka Reiss
Salesforce Solution Consultant
Sofigate Oy

Without Salesforce Academy I would not be where I am today

I have worked in the IT industry from the early 2000s, and my job has included among other things maintenance of servers, testing and systems specialist role in the banking and financial sector. In addition, I have also worked in a sales organization as a sales support. In August 2018 I received a severance package and had a moment to reflect on the past and the future.

Looking back, I found that during my career, almost all the systems I worked with were more or less ”in house” solutions. So, every time I changed jobs, I had to learn the new in-house systems. When learning new things, the old experience is helpful, and similarities can be found. I got a tip that this course was about to begin, and I started to learn about Salesforce’s ecosystem, which got me interested with Trailhead’s great help.

Currently I am working as a Salesforce Admin/Consultant in Tieto.

My current team is full of amazing people and I am grateful that I get to be a part of it. I have learned a lot of interesting things and much remains to be learned, for example I have certifications to be completed.

Without Salesforce Academy I would not be where I am today.

I would definitely recommend Salesforce Academy if you are interested in working with a global system.

Petri Eloranta
Salesforce Consultant

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