Working for an IT Sales team in Prague
By Maria Hernanz on Feb 03, 2012
Do you see yourself working within an IT company? What about working within a team that sells hardware?
I have never imagined myself being part of an IT team as I was part of another world. My name is Violeta and I started my career one year ago within Oracle. I graduated from the University of Economics in Prague and I studied International Trade. You can see that I didn’t have any IT background, but I definitely wouldn’t miss the opportunity of getting a job within Oracle. This was actually my dream: working in a big international corporation.
I am a young lady that is working within the Hardware team. Does it seem challenging? Of course it is and in the beginning it wasn’t easy at all. I started as a member of the Customer Intelligence Team and my main tasks were profiling companies and following up on Oracle events. I was in contact with IT Managers and System Administrators which required at least a basic knowledge about Oracle software and a high level of flexibility. As my software knowledge wasn’t at a high level, I struggled a lot to learn and to gain experience. I was lucky to attend many product trainings in Oracle and also to meet people willing to share their knowledge with me.
After 5 months in the Customer Intelligence Team, I decided that it’s time to move on, so I was very happy to join the Business Development Group in Hardware. Business Development Consultants are at the beginning of the sales cycle, so we cooperate very closely with the Sales Representatives. The next big challenge was working within the Hardware team. I had learned about Oracle Database before and I was so excited to have the chance to gain knowledge about a new area.
Right at the beginning I went for the foundation training in Dublin. It definitely was an unforgettable experience! Three weeks of intensive learning and knowledge transfer, but also fun as I met my colleagues from many different countries. I learned a lot about the IT industry step by step. Now, after six months of intensive work, I really enjoy what I am doing a full 100 % because when you are working in the IT industry, you will never be bored as there are and will be always many things to learn.
This is the right place for me to work as it is a dynamic and learning environment. It doesn’t matter if you’re a girl or a boy as long as you are open to new challenges. I even finished the second quarter with 160 % overachievement. Sales, hardware, software, IT trainings, they are all part of my world now and I love it.
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