Friday May 16, 2014

Intern's Diary: Nqobile, South Africa

We’ve asked Nqobile, Tech Sales Intern who has recently joined Oracle as part of the Graduate Program in South Africa, to share her thoughts about her experience at Oracle in the very first weeks!

 “Well where do I begin?

With my first days at Oracle I actually didn’t believe that I was finally here and that it was really happening, It really felt unreal!

 After signing my contract I eased into the feeling that I was a graduate and that I was interning at a multi-national company. I caught up with other fellow graduates who I have met last year during the Oracle Open Day, fortunately we had maintained those relationships. It was interesting to meet the other graduates I hadn’t known because during induction they shared knowledge and ideas that I wasn’t familiar about, knowledge on banking, on having a credit record and other general stuff, It was really enlightening.

My first day at the office was rather interesting, I got there before my Manager and I had to take the initiative I had spoken about during the interview. When my Manager got there...[Read More]

Thursday May 15, 2014

Career at the speed of light - by Ben, EMEA Social Solution Specialist

When I came to Málaga (Spain) to work for Oracle – fresh out of university and still finishing of my master thesis – I rented a nice, but small apartment in the heart of the city. I made sure to live close to public transport which would take me into the office and close to where the party was going on. Looking back today, it seems ages ago, but no: My journey started only 3,5 years ago and loads of things have changed. Things have changed in my favour in ways I couldn’t even dream about.

EMEA Presales Center

As said, I came out of university with hardly any professional experience. Nevertheless, I was fortunate enough to be hired by the EMEA Presales Center (EPC) at Oracle. The EPC is a great department, which – in case it doesn’t exist yet – should be introduced into any enterprise of the size of Oracle.

The idea is simple: Graduates take on back-office presales activities in order to free up customer-facing time for the field team. If you are a field presales expert, you are supposed to be out in the field, aren’t you? Constantly on the road visiting customers together with your sales representatives and not spending hours in the office. Yes – but you will also need to prepare for all of those meetings, which is very hard, not to say, impossible to manage. And that’s where the EPC comes into the game...[Read More]

Monday Oct 21, 2013

Oracle @Munich Business School

Last Wednesday, Lisa from the Graduate Recruitment team and her colleague Philipp from Sales visited the Munich Business School to talk about IT challenges, Sales and Career Opportunities at Oracle.

Although the talk started at 6:30 pm, the audience of about 100 students was still attentive and curious. First they were provided with some facts about Oracle, then Philipp went into detail and took them through current IT challenges like ‘Social’, ‘Mobile’, ‘Information’ and ‘Cloud’ and how Oracle solutions can help facing these challenges. He also demonstrated what kind of prerequisites and qualifications are required to become a successful Sales person. When talking about his own career, the audience got even more anxious to hear what he would tell them. Finally, students asked questions on career opportunities across Europe or on other topics they were interested in.

If you’re interested in talking to us in person, connect with us on Facebook to get the latest information about events we’re attending and schools we’re visiting.

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Friday Sep 13, 2013

Oracle Open Day: from the classroom to the boardroom

The Oracle Graduate Program gives dynamic young graduates the opportunity to harness their potential and grow to an optimal level within the corporate world. By attracting top talent in South Africa and contributing to the creation of employment. The Intern Program can be a life-changing and a career gateway...

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Monday Sep 17, 2012

Oracle Romania Summer School

What would you say about a Summer School within a corporation where you can learn, play and practice? You might think that this is something usually uncommon for a company and you would be right. However, Oracle’s main value being innovation, we came up with a new project for Romanian students and graduates. We organised Oracle Summer School , offering them the opportunity to develop their soft skills and gain valuable business knowledge and exposure.

How was Oracle Summer School programme organised?

We focused on students and graduates’ needs and combined business experience with training and practice. The twenty four participants had different backgrounds, being interested in Software, Hardware, Finance, Marketing or other areas...

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Monday Aug 27, 2012

Business School graduate joins Oracle

My name is Mathias, I work as an Applications Inside Sales Rep for the French market, and I’d like to give you a brief snapshot of my experience at Oracle.

First things first, how did you hear about Oracle? Where have you seen the sharp and recognizable red logo? Was it in Charles de Gaulle Airport when your eyes crossed the 20-metre banner with a picture of a strange big machine in the middle? Was it through reading the Forbes 10 top IT companies worldwide ranking? Or is it because IT is your thing and you cannot but know one of the “big four”?

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Wednesday Jul 11, 2012

Is your dream an international experience?

Studying in Poland, having two summer jobs in England, doing one internship in India, working in Thailand for half a year and now working in Prague. Does it seem an adventure? Well it is and I will tell you how I came to have this international experience.

Dzień Dobry! My name is Wojciech Jurojc, I am Polish and I am currently a Business Development Consultant within Oracle, based in Prague. I joined Oracle on the 1st of August 2011. I graduated in 2010 and obtained 2 Masters Degrees in Political Science and Economics.

I would like to tell you more about my past and how I joined Oracle. In 2005 I began studying at the Faculty of Political Sciences Gdansk University. In 2008, I obtained a Bachelors Degree. During these three years I had the opportunity to go to England twice, where I worked as a Bartender, first in Blackpool and then in Manchester...[Read More]

Monday Mar 26, 2012

Moving abroad - Relocation advice

Oracle offers graduates from different European countries the opportunity to start their career abroad. Some already have experience with living abroad as they have done an exchange semester or internship in another county, for others it is the first time they will move abroad.

Rui started in October 2011 as a Business Development Consultant in Dublin and moved from Portugal to Dublin, Ireland to start his career. For those planning to leave their home country and who desire to work abroad, he will share some tips and tricks in this article.

When you’re faced with an opportunity like this, there are lots of things that will come to your mind. Sometimes it can be either very exciting, or even stressful.

1. First of all, try to ... 

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Thursday Mar 01, 2012

How to gain valuable skills to make it in Sales?

Resilience, ambition, a target driven mentality, and a positive, team oriented attitude makes up a successful Customer Intelligence Representative (CIR). This is the entry level position of Oracle Direct and the first step to succeed in your IT sales career.

These skills will be taught through the day-to-day tasks of identifying key contacts to be utilized in the sales process of all of Oracle Direct in EMEA. As you are constantly challenged on the job, as well as in the vast trainings available from Oracle, they will become second nature. Hence if you don’t possess them now, you will definitely, when you are ready to move into the Business Development Consultant role.

Through the day-to-day work as a CIR, your ... 

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Friday Feb 03, 2012

Working for an IT Sales team in Prague

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?

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Friday Jan 13, 2012

Want to get quick career development?

My name is Sabina and I am a Business Development Consultant. I started working in the role of Customer Intelligence Representative at Oracle after I finished my studies in International Business and Languages at Avans University in the Netherlands. However after only 4 months I moved on to my current position. I will tell you my story and how it all started! 

I was contacted by Oracle to interview with them for a position and this was even before graduating. I was successful in the interview process whereupon I moved to Dublin. From the very first day I have been made feel so welcome and such a valued part of the Oracle Direct team. As a Customer Intelligence Representative you get a really good induction program; it introduces you to the organization and everything you need to know to move around the company. I was also assigned a mentor who was great at helping me to settle in.


My role as a Customer Intelligence Representative involves ...

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Tuesday Jan 10, 2012

Working within a virtual team

Have you ever thought that you could be part of a team whose members aren’t in the same office as you are and not even in the same country? Have you ever thought your colleagues would be from different cultures? I hadn’t thought about it before coming to Oracle. In business today, many companies are made up of virtual teams. License Management Services ECEMEA (Eastern Central Europe, Middle East and Africa) that I am part of, is one such team.

My name is Susan and I’m a License Management Services graduate based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Wednesday Sep 21, 2011

My first Career fair: Tips from a student to the students

My name is Audrey. I am studying at IPAG Business School – Paris – and joined Oracle UK in February 2011 – more specifically, I joined the EMEA Graduate's Recruitment Team (EMEA stands for Europe, Middle East and Africa). Our team is responsible for graduates and interns recruitment in EMEA - being more visible and more attractive to students and on campus - handling the recruitment process (sourcing, selection, offer, hire) for all students', graduates' and junior profiles. Our Oracle Recruitment EMEA team recruits the most motivated people in the industry for jobs in Oracle that offer a challenging and rewarding environment.

Our recruiting team in EMEA are part of the Oracle Business, working in partnership not just to fill jobs but also to find the most successful people who want to establish a long term career in a strong and successful enterprise.

My main objective is to find candidates for the French market; our main tools of searching are social media websites and the top Schools in France: “Grandes Ecoles”.  I am also in charge of organizing events and career fairs in France. My role is a wonderful way to understand how we recruit candidates in a multinational company. I am also learning how answer to managers’ needs and how to be efficient in order to facilitate the recruitment procedures.

One of the events I organized was in the Business School of EM Grenoble, one of the Top Business Schools in France (6th place in the ranking); with which Oracle Recruitment and Oracle Academy ( have cooperated with for a long time.

Below, I explain the key points from the career fair that I attended in Grenoble:

How do I feel informing students about roles instead of being “a student looking for a job”? Just before arriving in the School it is quite stressing, as I am a student I had to be well prepared in order to look professional and keep the control of the presentation to have an impact on the candidates. When the students arrived I felt like having the responsibility to inform them about our role's offers, our company and finally I forgot to be stressed because I had knowledge about our activity that the students didn’t have. The interesting and “funny” point is that I am used to going into career fairs to find more information about companies and opportunities. This time I was in the “opposite role”: I could see the students’ shyness when they arrived to the career fair, and they remember me in the same situation just a few months ago!

What is the most important tip for a student attending a career fair? Probably to be more aware about the companies presenting during the career fair; looking at the company website they are going to talk with and at the job descriptions they want to apply. Of course it is much more profitable to bring a resume to give to the recruiters.

My feedback of the journey: It is really interesting for a student like me, who will look for internships or their first job in the next years, to participate as a company representative during a career fair. I learned an important aspect of a student’s behaviour: we used to search an internship only because we have to do it in order to validate our diploma; but company representatives can feel when students are presenting their resume because they are interested in the company, they have passion for that business… and not only because they have to do it for the school… 

The contact with the recruiters starts in the first moment you meet them to ask questions… so be more motivated!

We are looking for you!

If you have any questions related to this article feel free to contact annapia.racanelli-AT-oracle-DOT-com. You can find all our job opportunities via

Tuesday Sep 13, 2011

Another perspective

Hi everyone. 

My name is Ilias and I am part of the Management Team for the Business Development Group for Germany and Switzerland in our Oracle offices in Dublin.

I would like to give my perspective on a thought that goes through many people’s minds when thinking about their future.

‘Choosing the right career path and succeeding in it can be a daunting task for many fresh graduates especially when they are having relatively limited experience in the job market’.

What skills do I have? Which direction should I follow? In which industry do I have the best chances to excel and feel fulfilled in my job? These and many others are dilemmas that make the choice of a career path seem very complicated and scary. There is good news ahead!

When I joined Oracle few months ago, I came to realise from the first few days that this is an organisation that solves many of the challenges I have mentioned above. The reason for this is that you are given a very clear understanding on what the different development opportunities and directions are, (and there is a huge choice of them!) and you are given all the support that you need and ask in order to reach your goals. What you have to do is decide for yourself and consult your manager in order to set up a development plan and put your energies into achieving it.

And there is something for everybody there: 

If you have little experience or exposure to customers, you might be looking for a position as a Customer Intelligence Representative. There, you are given the opportunity to gain experience in customer contact on a daily basis, support greatly the creation of sales campaigns by profiling and improving the quality of the contacts and you are doing your first steps towards opportunity identification. 

If you had a successful progression within the CIR Role or you are coming to Oracle with previous customer interaction and great motivation for sales, you might be fitting for a Business Development Consultant role. In this position you are actively engaging with customers who have either interacted with Oracle in some way (Marketing Events, Downloads of Software) or whom you are calling proactively to discuss topics of current interest around our products. The goal in this position is to invoke interest, identify and qualify possible opportunities and pass them on to the inside sales colleagues for progression.

Most colleagues after that are looking for a career in Sales moving from BDC to an inside sales position and eventually to field sales but there is also the option to develop your skills in another direction and move into management if you wish to do so.  Apart from that, somebody can always decide to look into another direction into the organisation outside of sales or outside the country they are based in.

As you see the possibilities are plenty and the path to reach them very clear. 

What one needs is to be active, motivated, inspired.


If you want to work with the brightest minds in the industry and to be part of a dynamic, international and great team, then Oracle is the place for YOU.

You can find all our internship opportunities on .

If you  have any questions related to this article please contact

Wednesday Aug 31, 2011

Top Notch Talent: University students experience life at Oracle

University students from the Universidad Politecnica de Valencia visited the Customer Visit Centre at Thames Valley Park, UK in July to learn about graduate opportunities at Oracle. The engineering and computer science students heard a series of presentations from Oracle employees, giving a flavour of daily working life at Oracle and outlining the choice of career paths available. They also learnt about Oracle culture and received tips on how to apply for positions.

The session at Oracle's campus in Reading, organised by Oracle Recruitment, was part of a two-week UK tour ( undertaken by the students to introduce and prepare them for the world of work. The initiative is co-ordinated by Prof. Dr. Antonio Reig from the Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, and also dovetails with the ambitions of Oracle’s Top Notch Talent program to recruit, develop and retain the best talent in the industry.

Gillian Channer, Senior Director, Business Operations, UK and Ireland, gave an account of her career, starting as programmer, and then a trainer of Oracle products. Her advice for the students was to work hard, never take things for granted and most importantly network.

The final presentation was by Annapia Racanelli, Oracle recruiter for Italy and France, who highlighted the different opportunities available within Oracle for graduates. Annapia also explained how Oracle encourages continuous development of skills.

Annapia explained how Oracle Direct provides a vibrant, multi-lingual working environment for professionals at early stages of their sales career. She also offered advice on finding positions within Oracle – recommending the students join the dedicated Oracle Facebook page and set up a Linked-in profile as soon as possible.

Prof. Dr. Antonio Reig concluded: “The day at Oracle was a great opportunity for the students to see first-hand how one of the world’s best companies works.”

The student day forms part of Oracle's continuous recruitment programme to attract the very best graduate talent from across Europe. The team establishes strong relationships with each of the top European universities, making regular visits to careers departments and student unions to ensure the students are fully briefed on opportunities available at Oracle.

The team works hard to ensure that Oracle has a strong online and social media presence for jobseekers and sends out targeted emails to the top potential candidates. It also works closely with the top European MBA programmes to ensure that Oracle attracts the best interns, and sponsors some of the best student projects and awards. The programme also arranges for Oracle employees to return to their universities to speak first-hand to students about what it’s like working at Oracle. If you are interested in participating, please contact

The day opened with a presentation from Gordon Davies, of Sales Knowledge Communications, EMEA, who provided an introduction to Oracle's business in the IT industry, its customers and global organization.


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