Communication in an international company
By firstname.lastname@example.org on May 08, 2012
English is mandatory, so an advanced level is a must have. A second foreign language will help in your job. For instance, as an Oracle employee you work on different markets and you might find yourself in situations when people outside the company don’t speak English. In addition, acronyms will become an important element in your vocabulary for the many tools you handle.
Your Virtual Colleagues
Most of the people you will be in contact with are located hundreds of miles away. Virtual teams are a common thing within Oracle. Basically, you build the relationship by e-mail or by phone. It’s different from the face-to-face communication, but you can still do your job and be effective. I see it as a challenge because there are moments when I want to have a personal discussion. It’s a plus though that most of the employees are young and full of energy. It’s fun to get in touch with so many cultures and get to know different customs and traditions. You can still feel if the person you’re talking to on the phone is happy and smiling! Keeping your promises, delivering on time and a positive attitude are the basis of a strong professional relationship.
The Efficiency in Time and Volumes
Companies are huge firms, with thousands of employees. The volume of work is high and you must be prepared for presentations and complex projects with tight deadlines. It’s completely different from the presentations you do when you are a student. Multitasking is a must-have competence and dealing with as many things as you can is something you get used to. For instance, you answer the phone and at the same time you write an email, pay attention to the details and don’t forget what you were talking about earlier. As you can see, communication is something you have to really be good at. Such a competitive environment also means dedication, determination and sometimes long hours. You won’t have time to get bored, but I think it’s important to keep a balance between life and work. Starting your career in an international company is a desirable thing as it will help you develop many of your skills and face different challenges from the very beginning. You will learn about how to react in stressful situations and how to access a high number of resources and information.
Ask for feedback if you want to improve your skills and also your relationship with your colleagues and managers. Analyzing it might help you discover things you didn’t see about yourself and facilitate the future communication.
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