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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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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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.’

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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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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Wednesday Oct 09, 2013

Tips to Become Employable By Mrinal Das !!!

From my little experience in the field of recruitment and more precisely university hiring for technology (IT) companies, I see a huge gap between the industry needs and the syllabus or curriculum that are taught in colleges.

Due to the rapidly changing dynamics facing the 21st century and increasing competition day by day globally industry demands ready to deploy resources or expect minimal training requirement for the new hires to become productive and start contributing to the job. While I understand the fact that for a country like India with 1.25 billion population and so much complex diversity, it may be difficult for the education systems to catch up with the industry and do short periodical revision on curriculum. However, there are certain key skills that can be taught and practiced while you are still in campus and become employable...

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Wednesday Aug 07, 2013

The year that Was by Phillip Yi

Once again, I find myself sitting on Level 7 Tower B in Oracle's Sydney Office. Today however, marks exactly one year since joining Oracle. Looking back at my first day – the first time I stepped into the Oracle North Ryde Office, to 12 months later as I gaze to the brightly lit red Oracle sign on top of Tower B. What a journey it has been!

I have gone from Agency Recruitment to Internal Recruitment.I have gone from a direct autocratic management style with layers and layers of hierarchy, to a more consultative and mentoristic approach.I have gone from hiring level ½ Help desk, systems administrators, software engineers, business analysts, testers, application analysts to sourcing and building pipeline for  graduates, interns, associate consultants, associate application developers, business development consultants and internet sales reps.

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Friday Jul 19, 2013

Meet our Interns: Michal, Oracle Poland

Hi everyone! My name is Michał and I’ve recently joined the Presales Security Team at Oracle Poland where I take part in the ECEMEA Internship Program. I want to share with you my first impressions with regard working at Oracle, as well as the skills which, in my opinion, are essential for those who want to work in this company.

I’m still an undergraduate student of Warsaw School of Economics where I study Finance and Accounting. As I am on the second year of my bachelor studies, it was a great achievement for me to become part of my Presales Security team. Security is becoming ever more important nowadays as new regulations (both international and internal) are to be introduced soon...

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Friday Jul 12, 2013

Meet our Interns: Darlington, Technology Sales Intern

For this week, we have interviewed one of our interns in Nigeria about his first number of weeks at Oracle and how students can maximize their chances of being hired into a position in our company.

Hi everybody! My name is Darlington, I’m an intern here in Oracle Nigeria and my current role is as a Sales Intern in the Technology General Business sector. I went to St. Murumba College School and I completed my CCNA in 2005. I was then admitted into the University of Jos where I studied Computer Science and graduated in 2010.

My first week in Oracle was really awesome; it wasn’t what I really expected because the staff here were so friendly and open to always offer assistance to someone who needed help...


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Wednesday Jul 10, 2013

DECODE ORACLE by Megha Kapil

The countdown has begun; shortly we will again begin the hiring season to meet the young talented pool of 2014 graduates. I believe this is the right time for me to assist bright aspiring graduates like you to be a step closer while preparing for your dream job with Oracle.

Whenever I visit campuses across India the obvious scenario is everyone knows about Oracle as a big brand. However, what students know about Oracle is “It’s a Database Company”.

Is that it?

Yes, Oracle is a database company and we are number 1, but we are also NUMBER 1 in 50 another product categories. Oracle is the only company who provides full End-to-End IT solutions to its customers.

Oracle’s goal is to unleash innovation and simplify I.T. Oracle is simplifying I.T. by engineering hardware and software to work together, upending the longstanding industry practice of cobbling together different components, the traditional IT acquisition model.

Oracle’s technology stack consists of Application, Middleware, Database, Operating System, Virtual Machine, Server and Storage. Each of these layers—and all the products within the layers—have been designed and engineered to work together according to open standards. We create best of breed components at every layer of the hardware and software stack.

Oracle has spent $24 billion in R&D since 2004, spent $9 billion in 2011 and 2012 alone.

Oracle doesn’t work with the latest technology because we CREATE latest technology for the globe across different software and Hardware vertical. This is proven by the fact that 100 of fortune 100 companies are customers of Oracle – they run their businesses on Oracle Technology!

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Tuesday Jul 02, 2013

Meet our Interns: Adam and Hanadi

This week, we’d like to introduce you to two of our ECEMEA Interns, Adam and Hanadi. They’re based in different countries and are part of different teams; however they both have the same enthusiasm in being an Intern at Oracle.

“Hi! I’m Adam (Bachelor of Accounting Science & CIMA Diploma in Management Accounting), a member of the Oracle Applications Pre-sales team in Johannesburg, South Africa. Joining Oracle has been a truly inspiring experience thus far. My first week at Oracle has been one of insight and learning. I have had the opportunity to meet and interact with industry leading software solution professionals....

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