Free Educational Resources Made Available during COVID-19

Kelsey Gibson |
 Roycon |
 Apr 16, 2020

Free Educational Resources To Take Advantage of Today

You may have noticed that your “normal” has changed a bit in the past few weeks. We are all finding ourselves in a place where life is a little slower, a little quieter, and we may even have time to spare. You may have picked a new hobby or finally gotten around to that garden you’ve been wanting to plant. However, since I don’t have a green thumb, I’ve been knee-deep in free training that I’ve seen all over my networking pages. I was having a hard time determining which I wanted to take to properly map my path going forward, so we pulled together some of the top training we found being offered. We hope you take advantage of these free educational resources to gain new skills in a marketable industry that is still moving forward during these trying times. Whether you’re looking to skill up or launch into a new career, we’ve got you covered.

Salesforce Free Training Resources
Whether you are already in the Salesforce ecosystem or you want to start your journey, take advantage of some of these free educational resources to sharpen your Salesforce skillset.

  1. Salesforce Certification Days: Certification days are not always available so when they are I strongly recommend you take advantage of them to earn your next Salesforce certification. These free courses are available as a webinar. They typically average around 5 hours and will prepare you for a specific Salesforce certification exam. Bonus tip, if you stay through the entire course, they usually offer you a promotional code so you can get a discount on your certification exam.
  2. Tableau Free 90 Day Training: This temporary offer gives you access to 13 learning paths within the Tableau platform. The offer is only for 90 days, so be sure to take advantage of this one when you have the time.
  3. Salesforce DevOps Certification Training: Copado will waive the certification fee and offer weekly certification days where you can learn and verify to be a Salesforce DevOps professional.
  4. Free Salesforce Administrator Training: If you’ve just lost your job Project Hope from Emelar Consulting is offering free Salesforce training to help you find your next job.
  5. Free Salesforce Training: This training course is offered by volunteers once a week to help you develop a new skill in the Salesforce ecosystem.
  6. Introduction to Coding: This is offered by Rad women, aimed at women who have never coded and have at least 2 years of Salesforce administration experience.

Additional Free Training Resources
Maybe you’re looking to learn something outside of the Salesforce Ecosystem, check out some of these great training classes and free educational resources.

  1. PluralSight Free Courses For April: Courses here range from Salesforce-related courses to web development, IT operations, software development, business development, creative courses, and so many more. Browse through those courses you might find something you’ve always wanted to learn.
  2. COVID-19 Free PMP 30-Day Self-Paced Course: This free self-paced course will give you 30 days of access to everything you need to pass your PMP exam.
  3. Apex Academy Free for April: This course typically takes around 15 weeks, but if you buckle down you can do the whole thing within April for free.
  4. Learn to create a Wix website: For those of you who have always wanted to create a website, this free course will show you how to do it on Wix.
  5. Moz Academy: Get access to free Moz courses using the promo code “wegotthis”.
  6. Linkedin: 16 free learning courses on topics such as productivity, relationship building, and the use of virtual meeting tools.
  7. 54 Free Online College Courses: You can sign up for college courses from some of the best colleges like Princeton, Harvard, and Yale, for free.
  8. Salesforce Pre-Configured Health Cloud Org: This offer is only available for emergency response teams and care management teams for health systems affected by Coronavirus.
  9. Coursera: There are almost 2,000 free courses available on a variety of topics ranging from management to statistics.
  10. Udemy: Udemy is offering several free courses in an effort to help people develop new skills during this difficult time. There are approximately 700 free courses from photography to coding to AWS, this is certainly worth taking a look at.
  11. Class Central: There are over 450 free Ivy League courses available online for free. These classes are available immediately, there is no need to wait for an enrollment date. The categories range from computer science, programming, business, data science, professional development, and more. The link takes you to a blog that outlines the free courses by category which is very helpful when searching for your next topic to learn.

Free Tools
Maybe you’re not interested in taking a class right now, how about trying out a new tool? Check out this list of organizations that are offering free tools.

  1. Zoom: Free video conferencing tools for k-12 schools.
  2. DocuSign: Free access to DocuSign for managing electronic agreements. Salesforce has an incredible integration with DocuSign, if you want to learn more about it just let us know.
  3. Hootsuite: Free access to the Hootsuite professional package for small businesses and non-profit organizations through July 1st.
  4. Quip: Try Quip for free, it’s a great virtual collaboration tool. This is a great tool to help organizations collaborate in a remote environment. We use this tool heavily and would be more than happy to talk to you about how we use this tool. If you want to chat, email us here.

Resources for Careers

  1. The Ultimate LinkedIn Cheat Sheet: Michael Quinn is a well-known voice on LinkedIn. If you’re not currently following him you should make it a priority and check out his Ultimate LinkedIn Cheat Sheet while you’re at it. With advice on how to set up your profile, to leveraging your connections, this article is a gold mine of tips and tricks from which new and experienced LinkedIn users can benefit.
  2. Your Guide to Nailing That Interview: Pete and Pat put their heads together to found Candorful, a non-profit that provides live practice coaching sessions with experienced interview coaches. They have resources specifically for veterans transitioning as well. As a veteran myself, I wish I had this resource when I transitioned 9 years ago.
  3. Salesforce/Deloitte Pathfinder: Deloitte and Salesforce teamed up to provide those who have an affinity for technology a rigorous but rewarding program to bring you into the Salesforce ecosystem. If you’re up for the challenge of a part-time, 4-month commitment then you get the reward of access to Salesforce partners’ job postings and the coveted title of “Pathfinder” program graduate.
  4. Military to Tech Career: I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Merivis. Many of us here at Roycon went through the Merivis program for transitioning veterans and we would all highly recommend it. After being accepted, you’ll have roughly a 5-week course that will prepare you for the Salesforce Administration Certification. This is one of those hidden gems and you may have to waitlist but it’s certainly worth it.

So if you’re ready to go on an adventure in tech, learn a new tool, or take that next step in your career this list of free educational resources is a great place to start. April is a fantastic month to plant those tomatoes, get some sunshine, and take advantage of the free training provided by these amazing organizations. If you need me, I’ll be working on my certifications from the hammock. This is my new “normal”, let us help you find yours. If you’d like to be added to the list, please email us at info@roycon.com, and we’d be happy to add you.

If you’re interested in learning more about any of the Salesforce tools, and how we use them, you can always reach out to us. We’re an Austin-based Salesforce Consulting partner, with a passion and belief that the Salesforce platform’s capabilities can help businesses run more efficiently and effectively. For more resources to help you tackle your certification goals, check out our Ultimate Guide to Salesforce Certification Resources. Thanks for stopping by the Roycon Salesforce blog, be sure to subscribe. Thanks for reading and as always, happy building!

Kelsey Gibson

Kelsey Gibson

Business Systems Analyst

Kelsey Gibson is a Salesforce Business Systems Analyst. As an Army combat veteran, she is accustomed to exceeding expectations. Kelsey holds the Salesforce Admin Certification, as well as multiple other CRM certifications. She has 4 years of consulting experience with specialization in business systems analysis and is passionate about finding the best solutions for her clients.

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