Introducing Trailhead for Students: Empowering the Next Generation of Trailblazers for a Top Career In Tech

By Lisa Tenorio | October 10, 2017 | Higher Education, Student Success, Workforce Development

Cross-posted from Salesforce.com

Trailhead for StudentsNew technologies are creating new jobs globally. The Salesforce ecosystem alone will create 2 million jobs by 2020—covering a broad spectrum of business and technical career paths. Unfortunately 80% of companies struggle to find skilled talent to fill these jobs. The loss in productivity caused by this skills gap costs companies a staggering $1.3 trillion dollars per year. While students should be a great source of new talent, employers say recent grads don’t have the skills they need. Meanwhile, students are struggling under mountains of debt as tuition costs have increased over 200% in the last 20 years and many graduates aren’t able to land lucrative jobs with their degrees.

It’s easy for industry and academia to finger point over the skills gap. But it’s not anyone’s fault alone. We are in the midst of the Fourth Industrial Revolution where technology is evolving more rapidly than ever before. The skills employers need are a moving target and it’s difficult for schools to keep up with the pace of innovation in industry. To really solve this skills gap, industry and academia must work together to prepare students for this ever-changing business world.

Enter Trailhead. Trailhead empowers everyone to learn the skills they need—regardless of gender, background, culture or lifestyle—to land a job in the workforce of today and tomorrow. By partnering with academia, we can democratize education, empower students and provide equal opportunity for all.

Introducing Trailhead for Students

We are taking the power of Trailhead, with its guided, hands-on learning paths into the classroom with Trailhead for Students. Working together with universities, community colleges, workforce development programs and educational nonprofits, Trailhead for Students provides everything educators need to get students ready for the Salesforce economy.

Over 70 educational partners like University of Massachusetts Lowell, Year Up, Jewish Vocational Services (JVS) and University of San Francisco are already making a difference with Trailhead for Students, providing a path to learn new skills, earn resume-worthy credentials and connect with employers to land top jobs.

We are also introducing new student-led community groups to help future technology leaders connect and learn Salesforce skills together outside the classroom. Students now have access to mentorship opportunities from Salesforce employees and Salesforce community leaders who’ve built incredible careers in tech.

You take the power of Trailhead hands-on learning, add ready-made curriculum and the community of Trailblazers and that is the magic of Trailhead for Students.

What This Means For Educators

Trailhead for Students offers curriculum that makes it simple to add Salesforce content to an existing class, or deliver as a stand-alone class or bootcamp. With Trailhead for Students educators can:

  • Access Instructor Kits which include best practice guides, sample class formats, slide decks, and classroom materials—all maintained by Salesforce experts.
  • Prepare to teach a course by skilling up with Trailhead, or through an expert-led class and stand out by earning a Trailhead Educator badge to display on their profile.
  • Use Trailhead as a tool in the classroom to track students’ progress and reinforce lectures through hands-on labs.
  • Join an online educator community to share tips and tricks and best practices.

Educator Profile

The University of Massachusetts-Lowell is one of the 70 institutions that have joined the program so far. This summer they trained 60 students and faculty in an online bootcamp and will be including Salesforce into an existing course during the Fall 2017 semester.

    We feel that the knowledge and training in Salesforce really helps our students have a competitive advantage and differentiate themselves as they seek internships and positions after graduation.

    Sandra Richtermeyer, Dean of Manning School of Business

What This Means For Students

More and more employers are seeking Salesforce-skilled talent. Trailhead for Students helps students master these skills and land high paying jobs. Students can:

  • Learn all the skills they need to be successful. Trailhead provides learning for technical skills, soft skills, and business skills, including how to prepare for an interview and land that first job.
  • Reinvent their resume with Trailhead. They can earn skill-based credentials that prove to employers they can hit the ground running from day one.
  • Get hands-on with a free Salesforce “playground” to hone newly acquired skills in a real-world environment.
  • Become a Salesforce Ambassador on campus or join a new student-led community group.
  • Engage in networking and mentorship opportunities with Salesforce employees and community leaders.

Profile

Pranav Nagrecha is a senior at UML pursuing an MIS degree. He started learning Salesforce while interning for the University and then participated in a Trailhead summer bootcamp. He signed up to be one of the first Salesforce Ambassadors on campus.

    I know that learning Salesforce will give me a leg up after graduation. I was already given a few internship opportunities and interviews based on my Salesforce skills. My goal for the end of this year is to earn 100 badges and get Admin Certified!

Get Started Learning and Teaching Today (For FREE!)

If you’re new to Salesforce, the Salesforce Essentials for Business Specialists course is an ideal place to start—for educators and students alike. The curriculum is free through Trailhead for Students and focuses on building an understanding of what’s possible with the Salesforce Platform, its specific applications, and business values and benefits.

Learn more about how Trailhead for Students can provide students with a path to their Salesforce future and a roadmap for educators to help them get there.

Pssst! And if you’re an educator that has students who are ready to start blazing their own trail, challenge them to conquer new Salesforce skills by earning Trailhead badges between September 18 and October 20th for a chance to win a free student trip to the industry’s biggest tech event, Dreamforce 2017 as well as other great prizes! Explore all the details today!