Thursday Jul 31, 2014

Confessions of an Oracle CX Technical Consultant

Hi! My Name is Maria and I am a Customer Experience (CX) Sales Consultant at Oracle UK based in London, one of the most vibrant, energetic and coolest cities in Europe. My journey here has been fun, interesting and full of new experiences.

It’s not unusual to have a recent University grad not know what they want to do right after college and of course that is exactly what happened to me. But let me tell you a secret: you don’t have to! It’s your attitude that really matters. What do you do when have new opportunities in front of you? Do you ignore and walk away from them or do you accept them and welcome change? Like Paulo Coelho would say “The boat is safer anchored at the port; but that’s not the aim of boats” (The Pilgrimage).

I will let you know a bit about myself and my background, so you can understand how I’ve come to be where I am at today. I was born in the US from Spanish parents and grew up between Spain and the US...

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Friday Jun 20, 2014

The secret of my success – by Cais, UK Cloud Solution Consultant

After completing my Masters in Management (specialised in Innovation), I came across an Oracle job advert for a presales position (Malaga, Spain). The advert was located on the Imperial College Business School Facebook page. I was hired in under two weeks! Now that’s an efficient hiring process!

My journey with Oracle began on the 15th of November 2010 two weeks after the EMEA Presales Centre (EPC) Academy launched in Malaga. The EPC academy goal is to nurture the company’s future field presales. My responsibility was to provide primary support to field presales in the UK and EMEA.

Over time I developed the relationship with field presales and their managers at every opportunity. At the EPC I was involved in the following activities, responded to customer tenders, customized demos, and prepared product/solution presentations and demonstrations. 

A year after joining Oracle, we launched a home grown solution called Oracle Sales Cloud...[Read More]

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]

Wednesday May 07, 2014

Oracle Internship: Rise.Explore.Drive your career!

We are pleased to announce the launch of the 2014 Oracle Internship Program in key locations across Eastern Central Europe, Middle East and Africa. We’re looking for talented IT students and motivated Business students in Russia, Turkey, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kenya and Nigeria.

We know moving away from the comfort of books and lecture rooms into a corporate environment is a challenge, but putting the acquired skills into practice is a must! Our Internship program is a great opportunity for students to experience the smooth transition to the labour market. The intention behind the program is to build talent by continually investing in skills development in high potential countries within the region. Oracle helps you rise, explore and drive your own career!

We are looking for people with an IT, Financial or Marketing background interested in building a career within Sales or Presales. We’d like you to have a high level of energy, drive and enthusiasm because we want you to become the future IT and Sales Leaders of Oracle...

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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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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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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.’

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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Thursday Oct 24, 2013

Lesi, from Graduate Trainee to Territory Manager

It’s the final year, University is now coming to an end. A new chapter now awaits my arrival. This part of my life is called “Looking for a Job”. With no form of experience whatsoever, getting a job at a well renowned IT company is something that every IT student dreams about.

CV: √, Application form: √, interviews: √. Acceptance Call, “Lesi I’m pleased to inform you that you have been accepted to be part of the Oracle Graduate Program for 2012”.

Life would never again be the same.

Being Part of the Graduate Program

Going into the Graduate program, I felt like a baby seeing candy for the first time. The Program gave me the platform to not only break in to the workplace but also to help launch my career. Over the next 3 months, I went through various trainings / workshops / events / coaching / mentorship sessions...[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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Monday Oct 14, 2013

Gradstalk @Oracle Berlin

As we did in 2012, we’re inviting students and graduates to visit us and get to know more about Oracle and the career opportunities we offer. This year, we’re welcoming you in the newly inaugurated Oracle Customer Visit Centre in Berlin. We’ll talk about challenges the IT industry and Oracle are facing at the moment and give you an insight in to our sales techniques. You’ll also be able to network and chat with managers from sales and pre-sales to learn more about possible career paths. Some of our new hires will answer your questions regarding a successful start at Oracle. Felix and Lisa from the EMEA Graduate Recruitment team will be there to inform you about the recruitment process and to be at your disposal for all other questions you might have.

Read what last years’ attendants said about the event:

‘The event exceeded my expectations. I’ve been to some similar events of other companies, with Oracle it has been quite fast and easy to get in contact with managers and learn more about different roles... [Read More]

Monday Oct 07, 2013

What do the participants say about Oracle Summer School?

Oracle Summer School was definitely a fantastic experience for both participants and organizers and also a great way to close the summer season. Oracle is organising every year a Summer School, for Romanian students and graduates of IT&Business Universities to learn about the corporate environment and the various career opportunities. Our goal is to provide them with the core knowledge they need for starting a career in a multinational company. Oracle Summer School lasts for 1 month and includes business presentations, meetings with Oracle specialists, soft skills trainings and a mentorship programme.

Here is what a few of this year’s participants had to say …

Andreea Sia: Oracle Summer School is an extraordinary experience that involves making contact with many people but in contrast, awakes an insight. Oracle Summer School challenges you to actively participate in your learning process and discover that what you love can become what you do. Information gained during the program is dense and challenges are there every step of the way... 

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