There is more to a Graduate Role at Oracle Than Just Work by Lu Guo
By Oracle Campus Blog on Jul 17, 2013
Hello all. I’m Lu. As a fresh graduate I joined in Oracle in April 2013 in our Oracle China offices. To be honest, I was not sure whether I made the right choice for me to work for Oracle at the beginning. But after three months, I realize that this is really a huge lucky choice and definitely the right choice. :P Let me explain.
At first and as a fresh graduate, I want to introduce the best thing so far for recent Oracle Graduates – The Oracle College Hire Program (All the graduates are divide into classes to attend this program). In official words, this program helps us understand Oracle’s culture and value; it helps get new college hires quickly acclimated and productive on new and innovative work; it provides meaningful events that engage new college hires and contributes to their retention; it gets college hires so motivated about Oracle that they act as ambassadors of Oracle to their alma mater.
Actually, these sentences are too official that I cannot quite understand what they mean. But in the past two months, what this program means to us is Play, Play and Play :D. Also the program gives us a lot help on our work, but this is ‘Top Secret’, so I cannot talk more. Only one, it makes us happy working here. OK, let’s focus on the ‘Play’ part.
In the first activity, Class Kick Off, we went to the Great Wall in ChengDe and we got a courtyard house as our base at the foot of the hill. In the daytime of first day, we climbed the Great Wall.
“These two days totally changed my view on IT people”, said by a classmate. I cannot agree with her more. After this activity, it seems like we are not colleagues but more like families. At this activity, we voted for our class leader and group leader, so that we can organize our own activities each month. Last month, we went to DeYunShe(德云社) for watching cross talk. As well as the College Hire Program, we also have many outings or other activities which are run by The Oracle Social Club, like picking strawberries and play and relax in hot springs. The activities are too many to list here.
But if you want to attend those activities, you must finish your work first. This is important. Let me show you my work space.
My job title is Software Developer. My work is software internationalization testing. Now I am testing a project with my manager and I will be the main QA (Quality Assurance) of this project in next release. And I also help my manager to develop a system which can help Oracle reduce some cost. Every working day, I come to office at 8:30 am, and finish my work at 5:30 pm. Then I can do some sports like ping-pong in our gym with my colleagues. Comparing with working in other IT companies, in Oracle we have less pressure and more leisure time. We have more freedom to take charge of our time in daily work. It does not mean that the work is not important or not essential. Every employee is needed by Oracle; everyone’s work is necessary for Oracle; everyone can realize his value in Oracle.