Thursday Feb 06, 2014

From College to Corporation - First Steps at Oracle Sales Academy

College is considered by most to be the best years of their lives.

When one looks at college, what does s/he recall? Alumni often reminisce about friends and fellow students as well as a few impactful classes and organizations to which they were overly dedicated. I personally wasn’t ready to leave college. My Fourth Year was by far my favorite and sadly that bittersweet graduation day loomed large. Fortunately, before I left the cocoon in Charlottesville, I received an offer from Oracle which on paper appeared to have everything I could want from an employer. It included intensive training in a social, team-oriented yet competitive atmosphere where there was plenty of room for professional development. The problem was, while I worked countless internships, I still had no clue what I really wanted to do. I simply had an expensive piece of paper denoting college’s end.

Nevertheless, armed with a couple bags, an almost dead phone, and a plane ticket to a side of the country I had only viewed through the lens of Hollywood and MTV, I was off....

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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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Monday Jan 27, 2014

Business Relationship Consultant role @OracleDirect

My name is Dominik, originally from the Frankfurt Area, Germany and now working and living in Dublin. I joined Oracle in April 2013 as a Business Relationship Consultant (BRC) and would like to share my experiences over the first good 9 months.

After my previous work experience within the financial sector where I received the “Bachelor of Banking” degree, and the online marketing industry as well as having studied a year in the US, I was looking for a new challenge for my international career.Oracle offered me the opportunity to work in a multicultural environment and to develop my professional skills further, so I was impressed. I chose Oracle because I believe it provides me with an unrivalled opportunity to work in an exciting and challenging environment whilst affording excellent progression opportunities.

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Thursday Jan 16, 2014

Foundation Training @OracleDirect

My name is Arlene and I am a Business Relationship Consultant for HCM. I had always heard about Oracle and knew it would be a fantastic company to work for, but so far they have really exceeded my expectations. This was my first job for a huge organisation and the mix of nerves and excitement was bursting out of me. I couldn’t wait to get started.

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Monday Dec 23, 2013

Working at Oracle, we like it!

As most organisations do, here at Oracle Spain we have plenty of X-LOB activities the week before Christmas where all the employees take part and spend some time together with colleagues.

We started the week with a charity market, some NGOs attended and also some employees made & brought different cakes to collect money for GBV (gender violence).

Every year our interns get involved in an initiative to contribute with an NGO and this year was no different as they have helped the families of children with cancer. They received a large amount of donations and funds from selling calendars with their own photos, trying to replicate some famous music bands and groups!
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Friday Dec 13, 2013

Fulu, from Oracle Intern to Associate Sales Consultant

“You dream of being in a company like Oracle, and when that dream comes true you get mixed feelings, mostly joy infused with fear”. When asked about my thoughts on my first week at Oracle, I didn’t give the response because it was expected of me to say so rather, it was the impression I got and the more time I spent at Oracle the happier I felt.

I joined Oracle as an intern for the 2013 graduate intake which started in March. For the first month we had a lot of training to do to get used to the organization, but I made it no secret that I wanted to remain at the end of the program and continue as an Oracle employee. So, from the first week, I became very involved in as many activities as I could. I was very proactive and passionate about my work.

When my fellow Interns and I went into our different lines of business, I was given Oracle SOA as my focus area, despite studying it at tertiary level I wasn’t clear at all about the product. In fact all that I knew went out the window as I learnt the product at Oracle. I was still a bit nervous but luckily as a grad you are part of a mini community so it was always fun to catch-up and hear how the other guys awere doing. I must be honest...

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Monday Dec 09, 2013

Shaping a more equal technology work force in Turkey

Our colleague Zumray Koc, Senior Recruiter in the Middle East and Africa Recruitment Team, is taking part in a very exciting project initiated by the Oracle Women leadership group in Turkey. The project focuses on young female students who are getting scholarships from "The Association for Supporting Contemporary Life".

This is a non-governmental organisation, aiming to protect Ataturk’s principles & revolutions, to reach contemporary society via contemporary educational programmes and to carry Turkey above the modern civilization level. Their goal is for the contemporary society and individual to respect universal children’s rights, women’s right and human rights and the realisation, protection & development of the democratic, secular & social state of law in a society...

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Wednesday Dec 04, 2013

What you should NOT DO in an Interview

There is plenty of content available to prepare for an interview but there are some very basic mistakes which candidates often make during job interviews. So we would like to present our own version of “Five things not to do in a telephone interview”

At Oracle, we typically do a first telephone interview with candidates. Telephone interviews are slightly different from a face-to-face interview. Yes, you don’t need to worry about what you should wear, instead, you should pay more attention to your communication style.

Let’s start with the first mistake: Don’t come prepared.

Is this a retail company? A Manufacturer? What does IT mean?...

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Thursday Nov 28, 2013

Workin' it! - From College to Oracle Sales Academy

Figuring out what to do after graduation can be a pretty intimidating task for most college students. As a second-semester senior with student loan payments on the horizon and scarcely a month left until commencement, it was downright terrifying.

Such was the case when I first slipped into Oracle’s campus-recruiting information session at Cornell University this past April. With little to no knowledge about what Oracle actually did or how my psychology degree could possibly be considered relevant to a technology company, I decided to see what they had to say, though I didn’t expect much.

Four months later, I am so glad that I made that decision.

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Friday Nov 22, 2013

What do the participants say about the #Gradstalk in Germany?

On the 5th of November this year, Oracle Graduate Recruitment invited students from the Berlin/Potsdam area to our Customer Visit Centre in the city centre of Berlin.

We discussed current IT trends – Globalization, Data Explosion, Rise of Mobility, Social is Business, – to show students and graduates what kind of challenges and big opportunities we’re facing at the moment and at the same time what they would face when joining Oracle.

We also gave them an insight into our Sales organization. We showed them negotiation techniques and the different personality types you might be in contact with when working in Sales – or any other line of business within Oracle.

We then opened the floor to questions about current job openings, how #lifeatOracle works and their career planning in general.

And what did the attendees think?

Lutz Welpelo: ‘It was a really good event – taking place in a perfect location. I liked the relaxed atmosphere, not the typical reserved one I’ve been expecting. Altogether, it was well structured, interactive and entertaining.’

Benjamin Hoffmann: ‘I really liked the event – the topics mentioned were interesting and made a positive impact on my impression of Oracle. I got the chance to speak to two members of the Sales organization which confirmed my intention to apply for a job at Oracle. For me, it has been a successful event – no questions remained unanswered.’

Wednesday Nov 20, 2013

World Class Work Environment at Oracle !!! By Manognya reddy

Why choose Oracle India as your first employer?

As a student pursuing engineering from a college of repute in India – you would sooner or later decide on which company you would like to work for. While there are Lakhs of students graduating each year and would love to work with Oracle, only a couple of thousands actually make it to the corridors of this awesome company in India!! Each day, students try hard to check if Oracle is holding any campus or off-campus drive so that they may try their luck to make it to this company.

Here are the factors you may want to consider

Oracle is the Second Largest Software Company in the World. That says a lot! And Oracle India has its biggest center in India, second only to the United States of America. Oracle India boasts of 34000 plus employees! There are opportunities for new graduates from premier institutes to get hired into roles in Development Groups, Global Business Units, Support as well as Sales. Oracle offers the opportunity to chase your dream with the possibility of role change after proving your caliber.

Along with working on the latest and greatest technologies, Oracle offers a plethora of benefits in addition to the handsome compensation...

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Monday Nov 18, 2013

The inhouse days at Oracle Netherlands - by Arne Stierman

Last Wednesday, our student association Asset (Tilburg University) and Oracle organised an inhouse day. The purpose was to get to know Oracle and be introduced to what career perspectives you have when you apply for a job at Oracle after graduation.

In the past I've heard about Oracle, but not in great detail. That is why I applied to take part in the inhouse day. Purely out of curiosity. Although the saying goes that curiosity killed the cat, it turned out to be quite different. But you'll read that later on.

 After we were greeted by the Oracle representatives in the main lobby we were given a general presentation on what Oracle is about. The first thing that stood out, was how diverse the Oracle product and services portfolio is. To my knowledge Oracle was a leading database vendor, yet I never gave thought that Oracle would offer a full and complete hardware and software stack.

The presentation that followed told us more about one of Oracle offerings, Oracle Sales Cloud. The presentation turned out to be a briefing for a sales competition. The sales competition consisted of a fifteen minute role play with Oracle Sales representatives acting as interested prospect and juror. During the role play we were asked to...

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Friday Nov 15, 2013

Pushing Your Limits !!!By Phillip Yi

Being a keen enthusiast for sport and exercise, I often find myself in the gym taking a lot of much needed down time. The gym for me is a time where I spend trying to further develop myself – whether it is to improve fitness, strength or performance at sport, usually on my own. But more than often I attend the gym on my own, and I find myself limited to how much I can improve or further develop myself.So how do I overcome this? How do I increase my strength, how do I learn new exercises? How do I improve my performance at sport? Simple – look for a support base, a mentor, someone who you can turn to for that extra motivation, those words of inspiration, someone that can provide you direction and help further develop you.Yes, whilst we need to learn and develop ourselves as individuals, we often need to look to someone else for that extra push, to point you into the right direction, to provide that support.All of us as individuals in the workplace, must always work on developing ourselves as individuals but sometimes in order to further improve, to further succeed we need to look for support from a mentor figure that can drive you and provide that direction.Oracle’s environment is much like this – we as individuals are constantly working on our individuality, further looking to improve and to succeed. And at times, when we require that extra push, Oracle has an amazing support and mentor network for us, as individuals to reach our goals.

With so much to offer, why not consider a career with Oracle.!!!

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Thursday Nov 07, 2013

Spotlight on a career path: Paul, Business Development Consultant

I came to work for Oracle in November 2012 as a Customer Intelligence Representative and since then I was promoted to a Business Development Consultant, for Commercial Industries in the UK, based in Dublin.

My background was primarily in Logistics, working for such companies as Indaver Ireland, Wincanton and P&O. I spent 10 years working in this industry and gained experience in negotiating with customers and suppliers in order to meet the needs of both, monitoring the quality and quantity of goods as well as the efficiency and organisation of the movement and storage of products.

I decided to move from my logistics career in 2009 to study Information Technology in D.I.T....

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Monday Nov 04, 2013

What do the participants say about the Open Day in South Africa?

On the 26th of September, a group of students who were specifically selected to attend an Open day at Oracle South Africa, joined us at our offices in Woodmead, Johannesburg. The Conference room was filled with inquisitive minds. What we had in store for them was a detailed presentation about Oracle which was delivered by Zuko - Cluster Leader: Tech GB South Africa.

Here is some of the feedback from the attendees:

Maxwell Moloi: “The open day truly served its purpose and exceeded expectations in the sense that I got to find out more about Oracle and all the different opportunities it has to offer. The fact that Oracle supplies a full solution to a customer and not just part of it and how the company manages to setup professional development for their employees is what entices me to want to join the rapidly growing team of Oracle.”...

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