Meet the Galacticos: Priya Mahendrakar

Priya Mahendrakar, Salesforce Consultant – Meet the Galacticos

Continuing in our series in which you get to meet and learn more about the Cloud Galacticos team, say ‘hello’ to Priya Mahendrakar, one of our new Salesforce Consultants. I caught up with Priya to ask her a few questions.

 

Priya Mahendrakar, Salesforce Consultant

 

Hi Priya Mahendrakar, can you give us a bit of background about yourself and your work history?

I am a working mother of two beautiful daughters. I changed my career path towards Salesforce on the advice of my husband. Everywhere I work I make sure that I’m always learning and growing. Like everyone else at Cloud Galacticos, I’m a Salesforce nerd and love everything about it!

 

What’s your story behind joining the Cloud Galacticos team?

Priya Mahendrakar

Due to my Visa status in the UK, it was tough for me to find a job. Every opportunity that came my way were contract jobs among which Cloud Galacticos was one. This opportunity made me feel it was just right for me as a working mother to have stability in my job.

It’s all because of the trust Cloud Galacticos has in me, I am here today as a permanent employee. No matter how many times I mention it, I will always be thankful to the team.

 

 

 

 

 

What is your role as a Salesforce Consultant at Cloud Galacticos, and what do you enjoy about it?

I am working as a consultant on a few projects handling implementation and also support as administrator. I enjoy two things about working at Cloud Galacticos.

  1. We have the luxury to work our way and no one to micro-manage things.
  2. I get to do my certifications that I was never able to do earlier in my previous jobs.

And I’m currently enjoying and exploring the marketing platform of Salesforce.

 

Do you have plans to take any Salesforce certifications in the near future?

Indeed, as Cloud Galacticos always says, “Keep learning!”. I am aiming for Marketing Cloud Consultant certification.

 

You were one of the team members who worked at the recent London’s Calling conference. Can you tell us more?

Cloud Galacticos at London's Calling 2022

London’s Calling was my first ever big Salesforce event I attended. And I’m thankful to Cloud Galacticos for giving me the opportunity. It was great that we were a Platinum Sponsor.

I got the chance to meet so many people from the Salesforce eco-system on various stages of their journey. It was also good to be able to check out the other sponsor stands and find out what they do.

I really enjoyed attending the many sessions – they were informative and good for improving knowledge. We also had the UK’s strongest man, Gavin Bilton, as a guest at our stand was great fun.

One of my highlights was being asked to give tips to Salesforce admins for the London’s Calling live stream!

 

Aside from Salesforce and working at Cloud Galacticos, what else do you enjoy doing?

Singing and dancing is my passion. I try to do it most days. I also look forward to being a Zumba instructor at some point in the future!

 

Favourites:

Food: Chicken Biryani

Drink: Wild Apple Beer(Note: it’s not cider)

Music: Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa and Bollywood

TV Shows: The Bold Type

Film: Real Steel and Confessions of Shopaholic

Animal: None (I am OCD!)

Place to Visit: Switzerland

 

About Cloud Galacticos

Cloud Galacticos at LDNsCall 2022Cloud Galacticos is a Salesforce consultancy with an all-star team. We are user and developer group leaders, bloggers, MVPs and all round Salesforce nerds. Our company has people all over the UK including Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Sheffield, and London.

So if you are looking for a Salesforce partner with experience to help you make the most of your org, why not get in contact?

 

Digital City Awards, Best Small Digital Company Finalist 2022

London’s Calling Platinum Sponsor 2022

Marketing Cloud Admin

Marketing Cloud Admin Certification

The latest Salesforce exam pass for our team is the Marketing Cloud Admin cert. Read on to find out Priya’s thoughts and tips on passing this exam.

 

What made you decide to take the Marketing Cloud Admin certification?

Priya Marketing Cloud Admin certI already have a lot of experience with Pardot, so I wanted to learn more about Marketing Cloud too. It’s always good to get formal certifications to back up your day-to-day real life experience.

And I’m always looking at ways to improve my Salesforce skills and add value to our clients at work.

 

 

 

 

 

How did you approach the prepare for the exam?

After joining Cloud Galacticos, Paul and Phil found that I was interested in Marketing Cloud. I was encouraged to take up the webinar sessions related to it. These training sessions, blogs & trails really helped me understand the concepts. A thing to mention is the amount of time and importance the company gives towards learning is highly appreciated and is what helps us to prepare.

 

Was it a difficult? Any tips for people thinking of doing this exam?

I found it to be on the tough side as I didn’t have much experience in exploring this platform practically. Though the amount of work I have put into it during my personal time has helped me a lot. I was able to score on the set up and configuration questions which contributed positively to my results. Below are the Section-Level Scoring for your reference:

Digital Marketing Proficiency: 62%

Subscriber Data Management: 60%

Setup: 78%

Channel Management: 80%

Maintenance: 55%

Tips would be to explore the application practically to get knowledge on the Configuration side and understand the terminology used in Marketing cloud.

 

What does passing the Marketing Cloud Admin cert mean to you in terms of your daily work?

This certification really adds value and helps us at Cloud Galacticos in getting more projects on Marketing Cloud. It can also help us in enhancing the existing projects and add more value to the existing customers.

 

Do you have any other certs you plan to take in the future?

I am aiming for Marketing Cloud Consultant certification. I have heard that this one is tricky but I shall prepare well and will hopefully pass in my first attempt just like all my other certifications.

Finally, I would like to thank Paul and Phil for encouraging and supporting me. While we are busy with the current  project schedules and supporting our clients, we are given time and resources to LEARN. This ‘Time’, ‘Support’ and ‘Encouragement’ is all that an employee needs to learn and up-skill.

 

About Cloud Galacticos

Cloud Galacticos is a Salesforce consultancy with an all-star team. We are user and developer group leaders, bloggers, MVPs and all round Salesforce nerds. Our company has people all over the UK including Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Sheffield, and London.

So if you are looking for a Salesforce partner with experience to help you make the most of your org, why not get in contact?

 

Digital City Awards, Best Small Digital Company Finalist 2022
London’s Calling Platinum Sponsor 2022