My first weeks at Oracle by Keneiloe
By Maria Sandu on Jul 24, 2014
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. It was daunting at first because you feel as though you’ve simply been thrown in the deep end, but it was a priceless experience in the sense that I was allowed to be more hands on in different matters for instance learning more about Oracle, the recruitment process and everything that goes into it. It was really an opportunity to prove that my manger hadn’t made a mistake in selecting me for the position and more so that I can be put in unfamiliar territory and work well with the little knowledge I had and was still accumulating.
I can’t explain how grateful I am to be a part of Oracle, it truly is a blessing. Being one of the last interns to join the Oracle internship Program in South Africa, going forward I’m hopeful that I make more friends and really be part of the camaraderie that has been established amongst the other interns.