Confessions from a manager working with graduates
By Maria Sandu on Jan 17, 2012
I’m Ionut and I’m in the business of enthusiasm.
I live it, I draw my energy from it, I search for it endlessly and I feel a great celebration inside (fireworks included) when I find it in other people. The difference between doing something because you have to and doing something because it makes your heart skip a beat under the sudden burst of enthusiasm is so great, that the choice between the two is always the same, over and over again. Working in a team that draws its energy from the urge of doing everything very well and making a difference with their work is more than a job. It makes your projects matter, it gives meaning to what you do and it sends you home with a smile, rather than a grin.
So how does someone find that work environment that motivates them and makes them go home thinking it was a great day?
Well, I don’t really have a recipe, but for me it was the result of my eternal quest for enthusiasm. I put enthusiasm above experience and I am happy to say I wasn’t wrong. I chose, being also supported by my managers, to hire graduates instead of very experienced seniors. The people I met and hired proved that it was a great decision. An experienced senior is a must in any team, but graduates can also be trained. Even though training someone on the job may need patience and supervision, I think it’s worthwhile. Any sports trainer would rather have a very eager player, no matter her or his experience. And the IT business is not far from that same situation either.
I like how my team enjoys going out together. I like the “Board games night” and I like it when they are all around one computer, working together for the task of just one of them, but doing it together – and doing that without myself asking them to. I like to think it resembles the college teamwork when the goal is to deliver something together and help each other along the way.
For the pride and glory of being the best and getting the best mark.
We kept the pride, and we still want the glory, but this time we’re aiming for it inside world’s largest corporate software company. And we need all the enthusiasm we find, no matter if it’s wrapped in the experience of a senior or in pure state, as a graduate would offer it.
For anyone looking for us, we’re the Automation and Architecture team in Product Development IT, combining efforts to bring environment creation time from 3 weeks down to 30 minutes, for a $ 2 billion business. And we’re almost there!
Follow us on https://campus.oracle.com/campus/HR/global_main.html or CampusAtOracle .