By Cristina Ciocoiu on Sep 13, 2011
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 http://campus.oracle.com .
If you have any questions related to this article please contact felix.wehmeyer-AT-oracle.com.