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My journey to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure: A Q&A with Calvin Mark

"Oracle has been incredibly intentional in creating a welcoming and inclusive environment." -Calvin Mark, Software Engineer, Oracle Cloud InfrastructureMeet Calvin. Calvin recently graduated from Florida International University (FIU) and joined our Oracle Cloud Infrastructure team as a software engineer this last fall. Read our Q&A with Calvin below to learn more about his journey to Oracle and his advice to current college students beginning their own job search.

How did you get your job? I met my recruiter at the FIU career fair this last fall. We were able to connect during this time and she invited me to interview with Oracle. A few weeks later, I received an offer to join Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

What was your greatest fear going into your first job and how did you face it or overcome it? Initially, my greatest fear was feeling overwhelmed. Despite being such a large company, Oracle has been incredibly intentional in creating a welcoming and inclusive environment. I have thoroughly enjoyed the onboarding process.

What surprised you the most about your first job? I was surprised to see the culture Oracle has created online. It was hard to imagine working remotely for a role like this, however the team at Oracle has done an amazing job in creating an engaging work environment.

What advice do you have for those beginning the job search process? In my experience, I believe companies want to hire well-rounded individuals. Excelling in courses is important, but it’s just as important to be involved outside of the classroom. Networking is incredibly important! I would advise joining a club, volunteering, or getting involved in research in your respective field (if you are in STEM). There are plenty of opportunities, which will allow you to network and build relationships, make connections, and create a stronger resume. 

Seek out an internship as soon as possible. Aim to get as much real-world experience outside of the classroom as you can. Internships look amazing on your resume! Finally, leverage your university’s career services.

What does a day on the job look like? As of writing this, I am currently going through onboarding and orientation. As I transition into my new role, I will be working with the Machine Learning/AI team developing and training models to be used throughout our Enterprise Cloud.

How does your job connect back to your coursework? Courses covering applications and theory in Databases and Data Structures are important for any role involving Computer Science. Apart from these foundational courses, I took a cloud computing course during my last semester which helped me understand not only how cloud computing works but realize the massive business aspect behind it. Also, my coursework and labs in linear algebra and physics has helped me approach research and mathematical modeling.

How has your transition from school to work? How do you balance your time? Since everyone has been working remotely, most of us are still working from our hometowns. With that being said, there is a challenge of working from different time zones. I am currently still in Miami, therefore, my workdays start a little later but it has been very manageable and I am still able to do all of the things I enjoy.

What’s been the coolest thing about your job so far? The coolest aspect of working at Oracle so far has been the people. Although we are communicating online, Oracle hosts online events and activities, which have been a blast. It makes it feel like we are less spread out geographically and helped me build community with my peers.

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