Oracle and US Military Affiliated Make a Great Team

May 29, 2024 | 3 minute read
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The two hundred thousand military people who leave the armed services annually form a rich talent pool. The experience derived from service including logistics, linguistics, communications, electronics, and other tech to more general skills like initiative, accountability and team-oriented thinking, are all valuable assets for employers.

To support that community, Oracle has developed several programs to recruit and train veterans—and military spouses— to establish new career paths.

The seven-year-old Oracle Veteran Internship Program (OVIP) employee resource group, for example, offers paid internships to prepare transitioning veterans or active-duty spouses for jobs in technology, data, logistics, program management and customer success.

One OVIP participant, Samantha Maier was a high school teacher married to an Army military intelligence officer when she decided to change careers. She heard about Oracle through the Hiring our Heroes program and applied for the OVIP program where she benefited from the coaching and workshops on resume writing, recruiting processes, and networking.

“Through OVIP, I was able to gain valuable work experience, mentorship from other veterans and spouses at Oracle and support while I integrated into corporate culture. Ultimately, the program prepared me to pursue other opportunities at Oracle, which led me to a new role as a Learning Partner in Oracle Health,” she said.

Maier said her teaching experience was great preparation for her new role whichMilitary Appreciation Month develops curriculum and training for teams that support Oracle Health customers.

“Corporate learning and development are very similar to classroom teaching,” she noted. “The process is the same. You must determine the desired outcome and then develop a plan for supporting and enabling learners as they work toward achieving that outcome.”

This job offers remote-work flexibility, a plus for someone who may have to relocate often due to military PCS (permanent change of station).

Riley Way, a 12-year Navy veteran, came to Oracle NetSuite via connections he made in The Honor Foundation and four-month SuiteVets enablement program. At first blush, his Naval experience as senior training manager and Special Warfare Combat Crewman had “zero overlap” with a career in software. “I was in special operations carrying a gun and wearing night vision goggles. Tech was exciting to me, but I had zero technical skills,” he said.

But he was curious about both business and technology which led him to get an MBA and take courses in scripting languages.

Even though he had to build his tech knowledge from scratch, other skills carried over well to Oracle. Teamwork and people are always going to be the same everywhere, he said.

“Knowing how to work alongside people that are driven by individual goals, but also team goals and trying to align that to an organization is the same whether you're in the military or out. Taking a second and putting your own opinions to the side sometimes to think about the team is a translatable skill.”

Blake Richardson, a U.S. Marine Corps. veteran, came to Oracle via its Cerner acquisition two years ago. He credits his own supportive managers and the Oracle Military Affiliated Veteran Employee Network (MAVEN) employee resource group with helping him advocate for himself as well as other combat (and non-combat) veterans dealing with mental health issues, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other injuries.

“Mental health is important—you have to take care of yourself before you can care for others. Oracle recognizes this—not just for veterans but for all of its employees. Ensuring their welfare, especially in terms of mental health, is a priority for Oracle, as well as offering a more effective work-life balance,” he noted.

That’s good, obviously for employees, but it’s also a solid business practice for employers who want to minimize turnover, he noted.
Oracle believes that finding and nurturing talent from the military branches is key to continued success in business. The company also offers fellowships under the U.S. Department of Defense’s SkillBridge program for veterans close to the end of their active duty.  These courses help participants prepare for and apply for full-time positions including OCI Site Reliability Engineer, NetSuite Consultant, and Project Manager.

To get the latest updates on opportunities for veterans at Oracle, sign up for the Oracle Veteran Talent Network and check here for more on related programs including the Oracle Veteran Academy and Sales for Veterans program.

Oracle Culture & Inclusion Editorial Team

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