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Cultivating My Oracle Career and Sustainable Living

Kathleen Sim
JAPAC Employer Branding Lead

Many people dream of a job where they can cultivate both their personal and professional interests. For me, it’s a reality at Oracle—where I’ve grown my career into management, while caring for a large family and sharing my knowledge of sustainable living.

Since joining Oracle as a software developer more than thirteen years ago, I’ve advanced through roles in Quality Assurance, Testing, and Information Development for various tools. I’m now a Senior Manager at our PeopleSoft/Partner Solution Centers where my job involves tasks with both a technical and managerial flavor.

My experience working across Oracle solutions and teams helped me acquire and share knowledge, hone my debugging skills by troubleshooting issues and learn more about people management. It was also my time spent teaching sustainability practices that helped provide the confidence needed for a leadership role.

Cultivating sustainability

I’ve always been passionate about the environment. I have a terrace garden at home with 400 pots to grow our own veggies, and prepare citric waste-based bio-enzymes that can be used as multipurpose cleaners to replace all chemical cleaners at home.

Through Oracle’s support, I found a platform to share my knowledge and help drive a greater impact in my local area. I lead knowledge-sharing sessions for my colleagues on organic terrace gardening, preparation and usage of natural cleaners, and wet waste composting. Along with my colleagues, I recently toured North Karnataka to teach villagers about bio-enzymes and help local farmers add new trees in their farms. I’m honored Oracle awarded me as an Oracle Sustainability Champion for these efforts.

Finding balance

Oracle’s employee-friendly office times, leave policies, and employee benefits—along with the support of my senior management—have helped me strengthen my environmental interests, while striking a very good work-life balance. This has helped me in taking care of my huge joint family, as I take care of five elders at home, along with my two sons and husband.

Oracle’s “Fun@Work” and numerous team building outings provide me with the privilege of having a better connection with my teammates. I’ve also had the opportunity to meet my U.S. conterparts at Oracle’s offices in Pleasanton, as well as take part in an “All Hands Meet”, which is a memory to cherish.

My advice

My slogan at Oracle is: “Believe and become what you want at Oracle.” Oracle has no shortage of opportunities. Oracle is the reason for my confidence, consistency, and charisma, which is making me enjoy all the colors and shades of life.

Come create the future with us. Explore Oracle’s various opportunities at our Careers site.

 

Gayathri N.
Senior Manager, User Assistance Development

 

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