Spanish Interns @Oracle Kick off 2014
By Maria Sandu on Aug 22, 2013
Spain's ‘Kick Off’, which took place on July 4th, was a blast! With a theme based on cinema, a couple of members from each of Oracle's LOBs had to come out in character and share their FY13 achievements and the strategies planned for FY14 to all of the company attendants.
A task force was set up in order to carry out the organization of the whole Kick Off event. That’s where I became involved, I was assigned to lead the intern's performance and as a newcomer to the company, there were barely any faces I knew.
There are around 40 interns taking part, all with different anecdotes and stories of the first day we joined the company. I decided to represent the mind-set of what most of us newcomers felt when we joined Oracle in the beginning. So with that theme in mind, I jot down several acronyms that everyone uses on a daily basis such as; CLT (Country Leader Team), OWL (Oracle Women Leadership), IRP (Infinite Red Potential), IBU (Industry Business Unit), and so on until I eventually manage to write up a monologue similar to a stand-up comedy routine. The basic idea was to transmit what an ordinary person would think the acronyms and words mean when asked in the street. For instance, a "country leader" could be the Prime Minister or an ‘OWL’ being the animal.
As the crowning jewel we sang "Sin whatsapp", a version of the popular 1976 song "Libertad sin ira", from the band Jarcha. This cover was a parody of what seems to be the necessity for everyone to live each day stuck to a Smartphone or WiFi, but which in turn matches to the core business of Oracle, technology.
My main job was then to create and coordinate our performance on the stage, give a role to everyone who wanted to participate (to whom I want to thank) and to be sure that the producer had our audiovisual material.
The performance turned out to be the best one on the day, and what's more, surprised all the members of the CLT for its freshness, spontaneity and disposition of everyone involved. So my message for those who are about to join the firm, or who might join it in the near future is, no matter how new you are to an organisation, if you are consistent, self-confident and have an idea, you can develop it and turn it into a complete success. Go for it!
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