As I always look forward to sharing the experiences of Women in Salesforce, this time I decided to narrate the refreshing journey of Prajakta Samant.
At the very onset, Prajakta started her career with a global consulting firm as a developer. She worked on numerous projects and developed an expertise in diversified languages namely C++, Unix, Java, and Oracle PL/SQL. However, even after working on it for 2 years, it didn’t intrigue her. She was more inclined to switch her project and was open to learn something innovative.
“Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want. It is easy to allow insecurities about age/experience level to prevent you from making a big demand or asking for a meeting with an influential person. You might be surprised at what can happen if you just ask”.
And Prajakta got that surprise when she asked to switch her project. She is thankful to her friend in her organization that she was onboarded on a Salesforce project. This was a turning point in her life. There was no one to assist her in the project but she accepted the intimidating challenge and grabbed the opportunity with both hands.
Prajakta is a strong believer of the fact: “Feeling a little uncomfortable with your skills is a sign of learning, and continuous learning is what the tech industry thrives on!”
After switching to Salesforce, Prajakta never felt the need to switch to another technology and this itself speaks volumes of how she feels in Salesforce. Being an amazing platform that is backed by its strong community Salesforce Ohana that Prajakta, Myself and many others are part of, it embraces everyone.
There is a famous quote by Indra Nooyi that says “Women cannot have it all”.
Prajakta feels that if you are working on Salesforce you can at least attempt to have it all – both personal fulfillment and professional success. And this is mainly because of the tremendous encouragement and support you receive every single day from the community. She is closely knit with WIT groups of Pune and Mumbai.
Her achievements don’t end here she is the Director of “Women Who Code Network” for Pune. So, she wholeheartedly believes that more girls must enter the tech world and what better way than coming into Salesforce. She promises to work and hold many Salesforce certifications.
“Be thankful for each new challenge because it will build your strength and character”. Challenges vary based on what phase of life one is, Prajakta’s current one is to balance the time she spends with her 2 year old daughter and her work because she loves both equally.
Women no longer have an “if I can be in tech” mindset. Now it’s more about ‘how I can be in tech’. The shift is exciting! And it happened because we created a network of WIT where we show daily that women are innovating.
Prajakta also loves sharing her knowledge in every way possible. She conducts speaker sessions at local meetups as well as community events. She has also conducted a webinar with Salesforce.
Prajakta always find it a challenge to pick one person as inspiration because firstly based on circumstances her source of inspiration varies and secondly there are so many amazing women who are leading and involved in SALESFORCE OHANA! Apart from Salesforce, she is also inspired by some of the famous personalities namely Indra Nooyi and Ginni Rometty.
Prajakta loves this quote by Taylor Swift that says, “it’s possible to climb to the top without stomping on other people”. So she thinks that let’s be kind to each other because we never know what battles other people are already fighting.
With this encouraging note, I am ending one more inspiring journey of Prajakta Samant. Cheers to all women in Salesforce and the spirit of Salesforce Ohana.