Author: Kathy Wu, Social Media Coordinator at Oracle Consulting Nordics
Following up on my explore Oracle interviews, this time I had a chat with my colleague who is working as a Oracle Consulting Executive in Denmark. Sharing his career journey of three different job positions in two countries during 4.5 year at Oracle gives you an insight of how much you can develop professionally and personally.
Joakim Coker will give you his advice and share his thoughts.
I’m originally from the west coast of Finland, from a small city called Vaasa, which is where I also studied for my Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Management. My personal interests are to travel across Europe and the rest for the world, and in my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and watching Netflix. A little over a year ago I was offered a new career opportunity inside Oracle to move to Denmark so I am now working as a sales executive here in our Consulting organization.
My professional career started first with a summer internship in a multinational high-tech company. After a few summers at the factory shop floor, I became interested in operational development. Because I was really interested in learning how to run corporate development projects better, I later found an opportunity to work as a management consultant at one of the Big 4 professional service companies. My time there was very exciting with projects ranging from finance and supply chain process improvement to mergers and acquisitions. Most importantly it gave me a solid understanding of what it means to deliver professional services as an external advisor, both on time and on budget.
As many of my colleagues, I joined Oracle in Finland because of a recommendation from a friend – and funny enough I have also referred several of my friends to join this company. During my 4.5 years here I have been in three different roles in two countries. In the beginning I was selling database software which was a great introduction for me then as I was a complete newcomer to Enterprise IT industry. By seeing what infrastructure and applications had been built on top of our software really widened my eyes about how companies can use IT to service their customers and empower their employees. In the next year there was another internal career opportunity which allowed me to use and develop my background in professional services, so I became a sales representative for Oracle Consulting. In that position I was given an incredible chance to see our company’s transformation from an on-premises software vendor to a Cloud service provider. After covering applications consulting in Finland, I got a chance to relocate to Denmark and to serve our whole services portfolio for some of the largest companies in the Nordics. I think it is a great benefit that Oracle offers these kinds of internal career development opportunities for those who are interested because this allow us to grow in our role and learn more.
I think it’s also fair to say that this a different kind of company to work for compared to others that I’ve seen. A scale of ~140 000 employees means that we have an incredible wealth of in-house knowledge and expertise, and having access to the latest world-class products & services is a perk in itself. The compensation and benefits are also very good, just like the freedom and responsibility to independently perform your job as you best see fit. However joining this global corporation also means learning that ”Self-Service” is the name of the game – if you need anything, like a laptop or to develop a new skills, you need to take control of doing it by yourself. It is the same with career opportunities, if you see a possibility do not be afraid to reach out to your manager and tell him or her that you would like to apply for it. The opportunities are accessible and your next role could be a better fit for you than the current one, who knows. It is worth to give it a try!
For me, it has been an interesting journey both personally and professionally. So far I have learnt a lot and become a believer in what we as a cloud company are doing, so let’s see what the corporation has in store for me next!
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