You Need To Be Learning With Trailhead Right Now

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Source: salesforce.com

“Trailhead is awesome!”

I said to my friend as I just finished another badge on my personalized learning course and watched confetti bounce across the screen. My friend works for Salesforce and had been bugging me to try out the learning platform for some time, but I was hesitant at first.

I’m a developer who doesn’t work with Salesforce products at all. I assumed that the platform would be entirely Salesforce focused and only bore me with point-and-click drivel about “sales pipelines or something”.

I was wrong

  • Data Structures & Algorithms
  • APIs
  • Apex & Lightning Components
  • Amazon AWS
  • Management Skills
  • Team Building

The list goes on with a wide variety of skills to learn. The platform has endless modules, trails and full-fledged courses (superbadges) for you to learn and become a master of any subject.

I first heard about Trailhead after attending a conference where I stumbled upon a Salesforce booth. I waited in line at the booth because like other conference attendees I wanted to get some of the super cool swag the booth had. Once I made it to the head of the line a booth employee guided me on creating a Trailhead account and completing my very first module. The UI was smooth, things were very easy to navigate and at the end of the module there was confetti and I earned points!

I picked up my lovely new Salesforce-branded water bottle and was on my way to the next booth. The experience stuck in my mind and I was curious to learn more but didn’t fully commit until that nudge from my Salesforce friend later down the road.

Let’s take a look at why learning this way is so much fun.

Learning with Trailhead feels like a game

The user experience is incredibly polished and easy to use. Getting started is even easier, there is no complicated sign-up process and the best part is its totally free. There are no paywalls, no credit card free trial trickery, or other stumbling blocks to get in the way of your education.

They also now have an equally as polished mobile app for learning on the go. The app let’s you complete most of the same modules and quizzes as the desktop app with the exception of manipulating Salesforce organizations or writing code. The app even has a dark mode!

Many other learning platforms like Coursera or Udemy don’t come close to the “hit-the-ground-running” fun of Trailhead. In less than 5 minutes you can sign-up and complete your first badge.

Small bites

You also get hands-on learning with the Salesforce platform right away. You’ll begin learning about objects, layouts, Process Builder and more.

Ranks

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source: salesforceben.com

While there isn’t much that comes with achieving a certain rank other than the status itself, it is fun to progress with these milestones and show them off on your Trailblazer account.

Broad Education

Force yourself to pick a new learning module on a topic you might not normally gravitate towards. You might surprise yourself. You might even have fun.

After learning with Trailhead for a few months now I’m confident Salesforce has constructed an educational platform for the future. Its simple, straightforward and most important of all its fun.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my story of getting started learning with Trailhead. If you are eager to start your own educational journey with Trailhead check it out here! Feel free to hit me up on Twitter with your own Trailblazer stories!

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Software Engineer @mixhalo & die-hard Rubyist. Amateur Radio operator with a love for old technology. Tweet at me: https://twitter.com/@Tate_Galbraith

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