Thursday Jul 31, 2014

Confessions of an Oracle CX Technical Consultant

Hi! My Name is Maria and I am a Customer Experience (CX) Sales Consultant at Oracle UK based in London, one of the most vibrant, energetic and coolest cities in Europe. My journey here has been fun, interesting and full of new experiences.

It’s not unusual to have a recent University grad not know what they want to do right after college and of course that is exactly what happened to me. But let me tell you a secret: you don’t have to! It’s your attitude that really matters. What do you do when have new opportunities in front of you? Do you ignore and walk away from them or do you accept them and welcome change? Like Paulo Coelho would say “The boat is safer anchored at the port; but that’s not the aim of boats” (The Pilgrimage).

I will let you know a bit about myself and my background, so you can understand how I’ve come to be where I am at today. I was born in the US from Spanish parents and grew up between Spain and the US...

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Wednesday Jul 30, 2014

Individuality VS Collaboration By Phillip

The past month – lots of sleepless nights, national pride, arguments with friends and fans, constant questioning of referee’s decisions and ability of coaches, blaming players and lack of team chemistry. And of course mistaking anger, poor decisions and moments of insanity to passion for football. Yes, the World Cup – an event that stops the world, brings nations together – the world stage to showcase some of the worlds top talent, putting football clubs across the world into a bidding and recruiting frenzy to secure this talent.

Watching each match, whether in the group stages, knock out or finals we see individual brilliance from players that can steer a team to victory – or teams that have excellent team chemistry, working in unison to work towards the same goal and team glory.

So, from witnessing these matches can Campus Recruitment take a page from the World Cup? When targeting talent, are we looking for brilliant individual players that may or may not fit into the teams culture? Or are we looking for those team players that can work in unison with the rest of the team and work towards the same goals (figuratively of course)?...

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Thursday Jul 24, 2014

My first weeks at Oracle by Keneiloe

Hi  everyone,

My name is Keneiloe a Graduate Recruitment Intern based in South Africa. My first weeks at Oracle have been mind blowing and exceptionally interesting. The first day was slow and really all about getting a feel for everything and getting to know everybody. The days following that I can really say I enjoyed as I am an individual that likes to get involved, learn new things and really immerse myself into something. I know my mentor saw this in me from the beginning and she really did nurture the urge I had to get involved.

I found that the environment was nothing close to what I expected. People were really friendly and yet very much focused on their own tasks and I established very quickly that this is how people worked in Oracle. You work interdependently and you can always ask and receive help when you need it. What fascinated me the most was discovering that the person your most likely getting help from wasn’t just down the hall or even in another province but from a different country and assisted you as though they were sitting right next to you.

In my second week at Oracle unfortunately my mentor was called out of office to attend to some personal matters. This was both a blessing and curse for me as we really did establish a solid working relationship she was able to trust me in handle matters while she was away, while also teaching me things I wouldn’t have learnt otherwise...[Read More]

Wednesday Jul 23, 2014

Big Ideas Are Good, but Every Plan Needs Building Blocks by David Talamelli

A few years ago I attended a training course which was designed to help participants understand how they think and behave to help them make better decisions both individually and as part of a team. In this training I completed an Emergenetics Profile which helps you understand the way you think. There are 4 Distinct Categories which are Analytical, Structural, Social and Conceptual which are fairly self explanatory. The training was really insightful and helped me better understand the way I tend to approach situations and also better understand how others approach situations as well...


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Wednesday Jul 16, 2014

Best Ways To Excel In Internships By Karthik

Arrive on time. This is such a minor thing, that I'm sure you've labeled it with 'work hard' and 'be proactive' but seriously, when you arrive on time it does so much for your reputation and even just being late a few times can hurt your reputation. Also due to the fact that as an intern, you may be in the situation where your supervisor checks in with you in the morning and then leaves you to a project (while they do their own job) and checks back in with you later in the day. So they're looking for you first thing, and if you're late, you're actually keeping them from their own work. 

Ask for help, but problem solve first. In your first few weeks, of course you're going to ask for a lot-where's the color printer? How do I access this information? However, once you get into the work, the interns that really make an impact, find a problem, and attempt to solve it before they go for help. "I couldn't update this data, I tried using the online portal, but it gave me an error, do you know what I should do?"

All work is needed. The downside of internships, is that sometimes you end up doing the work that nobody wants to do. Presenting to 100 people, and somebody needs to collate the print outs? Yes, that's boring and you're overqualified for it, but your boss will never ask you to do something that isn't needed. The interns that normally get full time offers, it's usually about 50% doing their job, but also about not complaining when they got the short end of the stick. It doesn't matter how you get through it-whether it's getting zen and completing each task to the best of your ability, or it's making a game out of how fast you can photocopy, you want to smile and get the work done...

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Thursday Jul 10, 2014

The Shift From an Individual Contributor to Manager – Some Thoughts by David Talamelli

I have been in my current role managing the Campus Recruitment Team and function here at Oracle for the past 3.5 years or so. I was previously an Individual Contributor for 5 years here before I made the shift into a management role. I feel lucky to have the opportunity to take on this current role as I have learnt so much both personally and professionally.

I am constantly challenged (in a good way) to push myself out of my comfort zone and on reflection the last 3-4 years has led to real growth for me. During this time I have made plenty of mistakes and had many growing pains but I think that I have learned from them and I think I am now starting to find my own management style. As an Individual Contributor all the projects I worked on together with my colleagues was done collaboratively and I find that I have taken that approach to my current role as well.

A few things I have observed/learned as a relatively new manager over the past 3-4 years has been that:

1)      Be transparent with your customers and with your team – The best approach is to make sure that people know what is happening and why something is happening. Some people may not like or agree with something but it is better to get this out in the open so at least everyone understands why a certain action is being taken.

2)      Work with People That Share Your Passion/Belief – I love our Campus Team, each Recruiter in the team continues to surprise me with new ideas and approaches they are using to source the best candidates. We have challenges that we need to overcome but we all share the same belief in doing a great job and a team that is committed to each other and believes in their work is so much more successful than those that are just going through the motions...

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Wednesday Jul 09, 2014

My Journey From College to Oracle Redwood Shores by Tushar

Hi everyone,
It feels great to join Oracle Headquarters at Redwood Shores. My journey began in December when I was selected for Oracle on Day 1 of IIT Delhi campus placements for this location. This was the first year that oracle came to IITs for direct recruitment for the Redwood Shores office. It was really exciting for me and there was quite a buzz in the campus. I was on cloud nine when I came to know that I was the only one selected from IIT Delhi.

My formal offer letter came in January and my visa process started. I was in touch with my Hiring Manager the whole time from Jan,2014 onwards. It was really nice of him to answer all my queries, some even during odd hours. All the legal paperwork for Immigration was taken care by BAL and they told me that as soon as I complete my degree requirements, they would file for the visa application. In 2nd week of May, after my final exams and B Tech project presenation, I got the letter from the Registrar, IIT Delhi, certifying that I have completed my degree requiements. As soon as I gave BAL the letter, I got all my documents for my visa interview within two weeks. I got my visa for USA, finished my final packing, boarded the plane and reached San Francisco on 18th June...
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Wednesday Jul 02, 2014

The corporate cross over by Vaishnavi!!

OFSS was one of the initial companies to arrive at our college and as every final year student knows only too well, this isn't exactly an environment that is conducive to relaxation or sanity. As expected, we were put through a series of rigorous tests and interviews, each eliminating more and more candidates until finally 22 out of more than 300 applicants were left standing. Fortunately, the recruitment process was so well-planned and timed that it spared us the mental angst most go through in such scenarios.

After months of anxiety and restlessness, we kick-started our first day in OFSS with excitement and a little trepidation.We needn't have worried as we were in good hands. Considering most of us came from a non IT background we were put through a, much needed, meticulous training process that lasted almost 3 months. Our trainers were extremely (and sometimes annoyingly) sincere and diligent and helped us challenge ourselves...[Read More]

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