Be Hungry ,Be foolish by Phillip Yi
By Nadiya on Sep 11, 2013
8.15am – students & graduates start to arrive. I see confident faces, nervous faces and unsure faces. I see those that have been to an interview before, wearing slick and well fitted suits. I can also see those that perhaps haven’t been to an interview and are under dressed for the occasion.
9.30am – all candidates are seated in the presentation room, ready to start the Oracle Graduate Program interview day. I walk to the front and address the masses – this time, all faces are full of anxiety yet excitement as to what is about to happen.
Fast forward to August 19th, 2013, 8.00am – I walk into Oracle’s Sydney Australia offices to welcome and induct the new graduates for fiscal year 2014. Will their faces be full of enthusiasm, excitement and eagerness? Or will it be nervousness and uncertainty?
On the very first day, they were all assigned groups and given a topic – “Oracle and Social Media”. In their respective groups, they were to come up with a Social Media strategy to be able to promote Oracle further, utilizing a specific social media platform. Then they were poised with the task to present this to a board consisting of senior Oracle staff from different business units.
I was fortunate enough to be included on the board and sat through all the presentations.As each group presented back, I was so inspired and impressed as to how each individual had developed from the first time I met them 5 months ago, to now an Oracle Graduate. All of them had taken the opportunity given to them by Oracle to heart, taken everything in from training and the advice given to them by the recruiter and the graduate program manager, constantly looking for areas to improve and to try new things. Their development was inspirational, not only to me but to all the business leaders in Oracle.
As I reflect back 5 months ago, to the very first day that I had met all these promising students and graduates, to this very day, 2 weeks after their first day here at Oracle - I feel a sense of accomplishment and proud of the AU graduates that we selected for the Oracle License and Consulting Graduate Program.
So I ask myself the question again – was the recruitment drive a success? Absolutely. All the graduates share the same passion for Oracle, they fit well into the culture that is uniquely Oracle,they are all genuine, proactive, bright and eager to learn. They are as Steve Jobs quotes, “Be hungry, be foolish”. This of course, isn’t coming just from me but from the feedback from all my stakeholders here at Oracle.