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Lessons to Grow: An Oracle Journey Fueled by Learning

Kathleen Sim
JAPAC Employer Branding Lead

I started my Oracle journey in 1995, around the time when many multi-national corporations were setting up their bases in Bangalore.  I liked Oracle’s people-friendly approach, open culture and focus on innovation. As the current Director of Employee Training in India, I am proud to continue this investment in our people, and our future.

Employee training is the heart of every business group here at Oracle. My team supports all lines of business for skill upgrading and technical training, so that employees can progress in their career, groups can meet their business targets and Oracle can achieve its vision globally.  Hunger to learn, give my very best and grow, helped me advance to this leadership role. I would like to share some of my career advice and reflections from my career at Oracle.

#1: Grab every opportunity that comes your way

In the first few years, I had an amazing manager who was supportive and always advised me to break barriers, take risks, learn new tasks, and never fear to step out of my comfort zone. This paved my way for my consistent growth and recognition.

#2: Learn continuously

The principles and values I learnt during my first few years with the India Development Center gave me direction to form a strong work ethic, which helped me to achieve tough and time-critical tasks with confidence. Motivated by the opportunities and support, I pursued my master’s degree and a professional course to enhance my knowledge and competence. To succeed, never stop learning.

#3: Persevere

Even with a year-old baby at home and a demanding career, I was able to balance my work and home beautifully—long hours of work were never a deterrent. I also understood that changes in an organization are part of the business, and one needs to be eager to take on new challenges.

#4: Have a people-centric mindset

Being helpful, supportive, and always in a positive frame of mind, have been my strengths and they have helped me build my career at Oracle.  I received many internal recognition awards for my contributions.

My passion to support others in meeting their development needs and working on the business goals helped me to achieve desired results consistently.

#5: Be open to feedback

I have experienced different leadership styles during my journey at Oracle India Development Center. I have worked with managers & leaders who were charismatic, some transactional, and a few were transformational. Understanding leadership styles and using their feedback from time to time for my own development has worked wonders for me.

As I reflect on my tenure with Oracle, I am also immensely happy with my involvement in organizing Oracle Women Leadership program and helping to drive initiatives in India. I have worked with various leaders, internal and external, to drive events on technology and leadership topics for women employees across India.

If you are looking to join a company committed to employee development, a great learning environment, success and growth, come create your future with us. Explore Oracle’s various opportunities at our Careers site.

 

Latha G.
Director, India Employee Training

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