Life of a Supermum: Barbara’s Story

Sometimes maternity leave can make us realise we want a new career path. This was the case with Barbara, one of our Supermums, whose career background includes law and rowing coaching! Barbara joined our Supermums programme whilst on maternity leave after having her second child.

  • Course: Salesforce Admin Course
  • Region: EMEA
Barbara decided to upskill and launch her Salesforce career because.. 

After I finished my law degree in South Africa, I took a year off to work at a school in England and decided I’d rather be a rowing coach than a lawyer! I started working as a community sports coach for a charity in London and over the years worked my way up the ranking to senior management level. It was a great job, but I did feel that I didn’t have anywhere to go as my actual qualifications were specific to South Africa and my experiences were fairly specific as well. 

I was on my second maternity leave and seriously considering a change in career. I knew I needed to re-qualify and based on my experience with Salesforce I did know that I enjoyed working with the system. I knew that it would be internationally compatible and flexible which gave me some room to work around my children. 


Barbara decided to upskill in Salesforce Admin Course with Supermums because.. 

With two children and on maternity leave, I didn’t have the time to take a whole week to do a course but the way that the course was structured and having the work spread over six months fitted around my circumstances at the time.  

You can learn Salesforce theory anywhere, but this course provides you with access to a ready-made community, essential practical experience and support to get into the Salesforce ecosystem which can be pretty daunting at first, 

It was the turning point for deciding to go into a Salesforce career. Learning the theory was fun but doing the work experience was fascinating and made me realise that I’d enjoy doing that kind of work all the time 


Barbara was able to launch her new Salesforce career successfully because…. 

After maternity leave I was able to return to my existing employer and take on the role of Salesforce Administrator and Operations Office at London Youth Rowing. Having worked at the organisation in various roles, I took on the role of further developing their Salesforce instance on completion of the course.  

I realised I had a huge range of options available to me now, and the best part is I can do this job from anywhere in the world. I’m also due to go off on maternity leave again and I know I’ll be able to keep on top of my learning while I’m off which will give me something to focus on beside children and also keep myself in a good position for when I return to work. 


Barbara has now successfully achieved a Salesforce career that offers her…  

After completing work at London Youth Rowing I progressed to work for a Salesforce Consultancy, helping other non-profits implement Salesforce. Working in a consultancy, rather than as an end user, means that there is constant variety. When I got pregnant again I wanted something left demanding so I’m currently working as a Business Development Manager which means I get to talk to a huge range of people – partners, clients and Salesforce people. I’m also having to constantly research new Salesforce things to keep on top of what I can offer clients. It’s busy but satisfying.  

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