Why work and live abroad: from Germany to Spain
By Maria Sandu on Mar 27, 2014
Hi, my name is Markus. I am a Sales Consultant for Social Media and Marketing in the EMEA PreSales Center (EPC) of Oracle in Malaga. I work together with colleagues across the whole of Europe by delivering product expertise and demonstrations of our solutions. I mainly focus on Oracle's Cloud solutions for Marketing Automation (Eloqua) and Social Relationship Management. I like to work in international teams and being surrounded by colleagues with different cultural backgrounds and ideas.
After my apprenticeship as management assistant for IT-Systems some years ago, I studied Business Administration at the University of Applied Sciences in Mainz. When I was about to finish my studies, I started to look for jobs and came across the role as a Sales Consultant for Oracle. From the very first moment, I felt this role would fit perfectly with my skills and interests as it combined both IT and business aspects. The fact that the position was based in Malaga was also a strong argument, as I always wanted to work and live abroad. After several interviews with recruiters and Managers of Oracle, I received a contract offer and decided to take the job and move abroad to Malaga. At the end of May 2013, I flew to Malaga to start my new job on June, 1st 2013.
The EPC as a career development centre
The EPC in Malaga is a team of young professionals working as Sales Consultants, focusing on different solutions of the Oracle product portfolio. We work remotely with our colleagues in EMEA to help them during the sales cycle by delivering product knowledge to prospects to win more deals. The EPC is a very collaborative environment, where we receive lots of training to improve our knowledge such as soft skills and presentation skills. I learnt Spanish and gained so much experience in the past few months by moving abroad, which I would never have experienced without this step.
The great thing about the EPC is, you have the chance to work on topics which fit to your profile and which you are interested in. It is a great place to kick off your career and develop into a customer facing role, which could mean that after 2-3 years, you could join one of the field PreSales organizations, such as in Germany or UK for example.
Malaga is a great place to live
In my free time, I play football and tennis. During weekends, I take the opportunity to travel with friends through Andalucía. We spend weekends in Seville, Granada or Gibraltar and we have even sailed a boat to Morocco. Malaga is a perfect city to live abroad for a couple of years, as it is very international and it has a good infrastructure plus plenty of choices for free time activities. In Malaga, you will never be bored and the sun is shining almost the entire year.