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Christopher WeisChristopher Weis 

Need Real World Challenges

Greetings all.

I'm aspiring to be a SFDC admin and I'm currently in an unrealted field.  I've been studying Salesforce (Trails, Fundamentals, Udacity, etc) for about 3 months now for roughly 15 hours a week, so I'm pretty familiar with terminology, etc.

I'm going to be interviewing for a job soon and my prosective employer was nice enough to give me a list of tasks/items to be able to complete.  These include: creating new objects with formulas, lookups, etc., creating reports and dashboards, adding new users to an org and assigning them different page layouts, etc, and analyzing existing dashboards and reports to find "broken" aspects.

I've gone through all of the Trails (except developer) including the Admin Trails twice.  I can follow directions (point here, select this, click here) until I'm blue in the face and do the challenges, which are pretty easy, but I'm having a hard time figuring out how I'm going to stude the aforementioned items for my job interview and when I try creating things on my own, (without guidance), I find myself getting confused and frustrated.

Obviously I don't have any real-world experience in SFDC Administration yet.  What other resources will help me make sure I have the interview items down pat?  I'm looking for resources where I'll be given a more complicated task to complete than the challenges on the trails.

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.  Here are a complete list of the resources I've studied so far:

-SFDC Admin Trails (and all other trails except Developer beginner and intermediate)
- Zero to Hero: http://www.adminhero.com/zero-hero/
- Salesforce Fundamentals: https://developer.salesforce.com/docs/atlas.en-us.fundamentals.meta/fundamentals/
- Focus on Force (Study Guide and 201 practice exams) http://focusonforce.com/
- Udacity Salesforce Training: https://www.udacity.com/course/intro-to-point-click-app-development--ud162
- Salesforce CRM Definitive Handbook: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Paul_Goodey_Salesforce_CRM?id=POfBGSjfaikC
I'm going to be starting the reporting workbook tomorrow: https://resources.docs.salesforce.com/sfdc/pdf/workbook_analytics.pdf


I was hoping someone replied to your post. At the time of your post, I'm 3 months behind where you're were and I'm wondering what some real-world examples of admin/development would be so that I can practice them. 

How did your interview go? And what have you done since then to get to where ever you are now (assuming you're still doing Salesforce)?