Tuesday Jul 05, 2016

Jun Yeo: Why Joining Oracle is Like Joining a Startup

A world full of opportunities, but only one fits your career path. Dive into a series of Oracle stories from some of its most successful employees working in Cloud Sales. See how their careers have evolved, get a glimpse of why working as a Sales Representative in Oracle APAC can’t go unnoticed on your resume, and why the best time to join us is now.

Up for Paws doggie daycare founder Jun Yeo thrives on building start-ups and was hesitant to interview when Oracle headhunted her for the Marketing Cloud team, but one year on the social media expert hasn’t looked back.

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Monday Jul 04, 2016

My Journey: Finding the 'Perfect' Balance Between Life and Career

 “Nothing is impossible – but don’t expect things to be easy”.

These were the words my dad shared with me, as I was about to embark on this wonderful journey of my life; my career.

It has been over 11 years since I joined Oracle and the journey has been extremely satisfying and rewarding. Currently, I am managing streams for the consulting implementation of Oracle's banking product (Oracle Banking Platform) for a Tier 1 bank, in Australia...

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Friday Jul 01, 2016

3 LinkedIn Mistakes You Should Stop Doing


With more than 400 million users worldwide and recently acquired by Microsoft, there’s no doubt that LinkedIn plays a crucial role in the job market. On the flip side however, with increased users, the amount of content published, posted and shared on LinkedIn has increased dramatically. With each piece of great content comes a negative correspondent.

Regardless of your experience with LinkedIn so far – as a rookie or an expert – there are 3 common mistakes you should avoid when using this platform.

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Thursday Jun 30, 2016

5 Things Your Desk Says About You as a Professional

Much like our appearance can sometimes reveal information about who we are as individuals, our working space can say something about us as employees. According to Adecco, 57% of Americans admit they judge coworkers by how clean or dirty they keep their works paces. And let’s face it – we’re all raising an eyebrow whenever looking at some colleagues’ uncleaned coffee mug, stash of papers, or anything else that’s not conforming to our personal set of “desk rules”.

So in an office where you’re bound to have people’s eyes on you – whether it’s a co-worker, a manager, or a client, here are some types of employees whose desks might send certain messages:

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Reporting from the Trenches: Tales from Oracle Summer School

Picture credit: Ramona Andrei

If you recently graduated from university, the world beyond academia can be a very confusing place. Big dreams can easily crash against the expectations of the corporate world - especially if you’re not sure which way you’re heading or if you’re not properly equipped to take on the professional challenge. The good news is, however, that companies are looking for fresh graduates! With tech employers leading the battle for talent, possibilities are virtually unlimited – regardless, if you’re graduating with a Computer Science, Business or Humanities degree.

Just to give you a flavor of what an internship or a summer program may mean for your career, let me introduce you to some current or former students who are also our colleagues. They all graduated from last year’s Oracle Romania Summer School - a 4-week program that takes a number of students from the most prestigious local universities on an organization tour allowing them to both get to know Oracle as a business and start their career in the corporate environment.

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Friday Jun 24, 2016

5 Ways to Improve Communication at the Office


We have all seen it happen before. A colleague requests a deliverable and receives something completely different from what they envisioned. “Weren’t you listening?” They ask, as they express their disappointment. 

Learning how to listen is a crucial skill in the workplace. It cuts down the number of communication issues and it helps us better understand what our coworkers want of us. It is a skill that not everybody innately has, but you can develop it. You’ll discover that listening closely can help you get things done faster, and more efficiently. 

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Thursday Jun 23, 2016

4 Tips to Keep Your Meetings Organized

Meetings are meant to drive productivity in the workplace, motivate employees and get the job done. But do you know how much time you spend in meetings and how much it’s left to actually work?

Studies show that the ratio ranges from 35% if you’re a middle manager, and up to 50% if you’re an executive. Not to mention the time spent on preparing the meeting (e.g.: up to 4 hours per week for a status update meeting), which doesn’t leave much from the usual 40 hours of a usual work week.

Fortunately, there’s no reason to be worried because there are lots of ways to get your work-meeting balance in place. Here are four I found extremely useful during my experience – read through the list and let me know what tricks, tools and methods you’re using to keep your meetings organized.

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Monday Jun 20, 2016

Accepting the Job? 5 Questions to Make Sure It’s the Right One

We all have the potential of doing something amazing. But it’s the way we’re seizing opportunities that makes a difference. Whether we accept it or not, being best employee in the wrong job is not just stopping you from your professional growth, but it’s also damaging to your career. Plus it’s a waste of your potential. So before accepting the next job, here are a few questions to help you see if it’s worth investing in it on a long term.

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Friday Jun 17, 2016

How to Use the Weekend for a Great Monday Mindset

TGIF! A few more hours until that magic hour kicks off the two-day relaxation spree to fully recharge. Set yourself free from the anxiety and stress of the week and aim to start fresh on Monday.

“Monday?! But that’s 2 days ahead! What should I do first?” …Breathe, this is not a race. Resist the temptation to cram in chores, exercise, family commitments, social engagements and more into a 48-hour period. 

Unfortunately, we can rarely switch our minds off of work mode the minute we leave the office—it can sometimes take an entire day just to unwind from a hectic week. But with precious little time away from the grind, it’s important to make every moment count.

Here are 7 weekend hacks that work for me.


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Thursday Jun 16, 2016

5 Career Tips from an ex-Teacher

Lucky for me, my career has taken me to a plethora of places. Right after I graduated college, the first job offer I got was at a local private school. It was a large institution with students ranging from 3 to 16 years old. During my tenure there, I believe I taught them many lessons and helped in many ways, but I also I learned a lot from them. About life and, of course, about careers.

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Wednesday Jun 15, 2016

5 Steps to Making the Most of Your Time at Work

It’s 9 am and you’re opening your inbox. Lots of questions, deadline updates, emergencies, clarifications and so on. Before you know it, it’s 4:30 pm and you’re just getting started on the big tasks of the day, obviously not having enough time to get them done. The result – either they will be postponed, or you’re going to burn the midnight oil to actually do some work. Sounds familiar? Then it’s time to make a few changes.

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Interview Etiquette: Dos and Don'ts

You’ve found the job posting that piqued your interest, the resume has been polished and your application has been submitted. You’ll spend the next couple of days waiting by your phone, refreshing your email and testing your service just to make sure you don’t miss THE call. You know the one.  This feeling is familiar. You’ve most likely experienced it many times before but it never gets easier. It’s a nice blend between first date jitters and scratching a lottery ticket. Do they like me? Will this be the one? Am I about to hit the jackpot?

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Monday Jun 13, 2016

Our Favorite #lifeatOracle Posts – May 2016

Every week our Branding team searches the web for life at Oracle content that is posted by our employees.

Our employees posted over 300 posts tagged with #lifeatOracle, in May. Our hashtag reached over half a million people last month – we knew we had to share the best of the best, with you!

Our favorite 9 posts hail from Amsterdam, Colorado, San Francisco, Toronto, Singapore and Atlanta. Take a peek to explore what Oracle has to offer besides a great career!

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Friday Jun 10, 2016

Finding the Dream Job Is Actually Possible. (It Just Takes Work.)

According to Forbes, “Regardless of experience, compensation level, or industry, the majority of job seekers experience some form of stress during the search.”
What if I told you that you can hit the mark and actually find that job you’re dreaming of?

It’s time to skip those career quizzes and start making real lists. And remember that every dream job starts with you: what you like, how you project yourself in that position and how you relate to the people who can help you get there. It takes some work, but it’s 100% feasible.

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Wednesday Jun 08, 2016

Life at Oracle: Asim Khan – Fluidity on Land and Water

When you ask Oracle employees what they like most about working at Oracle, they often say it’s the people. Oracle is filled with smart, passionate, caring people doing challenging work and leading interesting lives. We set out to capture employee stories in a series of videos to recognize and celebrate the amazing people working at Oracle.

Asim Khan pursues efficiency, finding more effective ways to get things done on land, and previously, at sea. This quest has powered Asim’s career and has also earned him the nickname of “Mr. Efficiency” at home with family in New Zealand. Read his full story.

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