Monday Feb 03, 2014

We are NO different

The Times South Africa recently published an article about the German exchange students who have been attending Ponelopele Oracle Secondary School in Ivory Park, Midrand, North of Johannesburg since November last year. Laura Fricke and Joschka Geczy, both 17 years old, arrived in South Africa last year and have been living with host families in Tembisa, East Rand and Kaalfontein Midrand. They may be different from everyone else in the township, but they say the only thing different about them is their skin colour.

“I am very impressed by the level of discipline at the school”, Geczy said. “The teachers here take their work very seriously, ultimately leading to pupils taking their work very seriously”. Fircke said the uniform gave them another sense of belonging. “It does not make us look and feel any different from the rest of the pupils and the teachers don’t treat us any different from them”, she said...

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Friday May 03, 2013

Meet our Interns: Ahmad, Sales Intern in Kuwait

Please introduce yourself and your current role at Oracle.

My name is Ahmad. I hold a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science and I graduated from the Gulf University for Science and Technology (GUST) in Fall 2010. I was lucky to be selected for the Oracle inter program and I started my career here in March 2013 as a Sales Intern looking after Oracle Technologies.

How were the first few weeks @Oracle?

Oracle was always an company I aspired to work for. During the first few days I was introduced to the amazing professionals working here and got an insight into the company’s valuable products. This made me more and more keen to learn about the company and products, this is on top of the extremely high level of support that have from the teams and managers. Honestly, I am very grateful for this opportunity and I know I will learn so much from the time I have here.

Is anything different from what you expected to find at Oracle?

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Wednesday Nov 02, 2011

Combining Technical and Business aspects in your job? Apply now.

Hi, I am Ben. I am working as a Pre-Sales Consultant for Customer Relationship Management (CRM) in Malaga as part of the EMEA Pre-Sales Center (EPC). I did my Bachelor in Wirtschaftsinformatik (Business Informatics) at the University of Applied Sciences in Kufstein, Austria. I got to know Spain for the first time when I studied in Granada for a half year during this Bachelor and definitely wanted to go back. When I graduated I moved back to Granada again and did a distant learning Master for 2 years in Business Informatics through the Ferdinand Porsche Fern FH in Vienna.

During my Master I started looking for a job and came across the role as a CRM Pre-Sales Consultant through one of the Oracle recruiters in Germany. I immediately felt this was a role that was an almost 100% fit with my studies as it combined both technical and business aspects. After going through the recruitment process I started on the 1st of November 2010.

My job consists of remotely supporting the Pre-Sales field consultants in Germany and Switzerland. This means I am working on answering questions from customers on a functional level related to the Oracle CRM product stack and also preparing and demonstrating Oracle CRM Products to potential customers so that they can see what we can offer. To create a good bond with my colleagues in the field I’m flying over to Germany and Switzerland 2-5 times a year. I also work closely with the EPC teams in Bucharest, Romania and in Bangalore, India.

Pre-Sales

The Pre-Sales role gives you a very broad insight in the customer’s business, economy related aspects and the Oracle products. After this role you can, for instance, move to a role as Field Pre-Sales Consultant in the country you originally come from, or potentially move to a Sales or Consulting role. Other doors, for example into product management, are open as well. As soon as you have a foot in Oracle you can achieve nearly everything if you really want and work for it.

“Don’t ask for permission, ask for forgiveness”

What I have experienced in the last year working in the EPC team is that Oracle is a very entrepreneurial company, where you get the chance to work independently and come up with ideas and suggestions for improvement. My manager told me from the very beginning that I can see Oracle as my company and act this way. That is something I really like. As an example, I am part of a project group focussing on internal communications within the EPC team next to my job which gives me a chance to work with new social media technology and platforms available internally already to get a glimpse of how it works, before our customers start using it.

Malaga, Andalusia

Living in Malaga, and having Andalusia on your finger tips is a great experience. Also the office in Malaga has grown rapidly this year from 50 to 300 employees, and consists of employees from a large number of different countries in Europe. So the atmosphere is very international. I speak English, German and Spanish every day. I pass by the reception and say “¡Buenos días!, I walk upstairs and welcome my team saying “Good Morning!” and then I pick up the phone and say “Guten Morgen!”. The EPC team itself consists of all young professionals.

If you want to join the EPC team and work and live in Andalusia we have a great opportunity for German speakers in the CRM, but also in the Technology Pre-Sales team at the moment. In the technology oriented role you will focus on the Database or Service Oriented Architecture related product stack of Oracle. Therefore this role is as well technical, as it is business focussed. For more information visit http://campus.oracle.com.  Interested? Please send your CV to jessica.ebbelaar-AT-oracle.com.

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 (https://academy.oracle.com/) 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 http://campus.oracle.com

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