Monday Jul 18, 2011

Metamorphosis Part II- From Academics to the Corporate World by Ranjan Kumar

Phew!! What a week this has been. A popular saying comes to mind “the world is your oyster”  A strong belief in oneself is no doubt paramount, but no man can scale new heights without appropriate assistance. The training provided by Oracle clearly demonstrated that every aspect of work life, the skills and tools required to have a successful entry into a professional career was made available.

The week began with a number of Case studies so that we could gain a deeper understanding of various work situations. A healthy discussion among the new trainees and HR provided clarity on work life situations. The pro’s and con’s of working alone or in a team were spoken about at length and several interesting insights were provided for our benefit.

We were given a deep insight on the various divisions of Oracles and their functions and were shown the differences between product development, the support team, the sales and consultancy departments. It was fascinating to learn how all these departments co-ordinate closely and together to form a first class institution like Oracle.

We thoroughly enjoyed a number of unique games and tasks which showed us how to work together as a team. Team building is vital for any institution’s success and all of us felt fortunate to have the opportunity to play our individual roles in the Oracle team.

A very useful session on formal communication, office manners and dress code followed. As all of us were new to the professional world, we paid particular attention to this session. The timing of this session was also appropriate as we all received our own Oracle email id, and proudly sent off our first official communication!

The highlight of this week’s training was a very inspirational speech given by Mr Murali Subramanian,.He spoke about his own experiences and encouraged us to speak on “hunger for success”. His friendly and approachable manner, vast experience and welcoming words made us all feel proud to be part of Oracle.

The last two days of the week were taken up by what we had all been waiting for, which was the Technical skills, we commenced this with the introduction of Oracle SQL server .We were informed that our induction and soft skills training had been completed and henceforth most of our training would be on the technical side.

In summation, this was an eventful week, many new skills were taught and several new ideas were sown in our minds. As one of the HR personnel said, this is only the beginning………………………..

Wednesday Jul 13, 2011

Metamorphosis -From Academics to the Corporate World by Ranjan Kumar

“Expect the unexpected” a cliche often heard by me and aptly justified the million butterflies in my stomach. My fears and apprehensions on my first day proved to be unfounded as I saw the smiling faces and warm welcome extended by the Oracle HR team.

It is normal to feel anxious before embarking on any journey, and as this was perhaps the most crucial transition I was about to make, my heart was beating at a dramatic pace as I entered the gates of Oracle Training center. New faces, unknown challenges and a myriad of thoughts crossed my mind. To my sheer relief the atmosphere created by the Management was casual and friendly. Trained to call every senior as “Sir” in my alma mater I was pleasantly surprised that I could address everyone by their first name!

A series of sessions began, with introductions and vital information on Oracle explained to us in an easy to understand manner. What struck me most was the amount of thought and planning that had gone into making each session imaginative, interesting and informative. We played innovative games to get to know each other better and were given all the information required about the new locality where we would be spending our new work life.

 Most of us were immensely impressed that the Management had arranged for the Bank officials to be around to assist us in opening our accounts on the very first day. For me however, receiving the “Oracle” T shirt was the highlight of the day, we would all be wearing it with an immense sense of pride and belonging !!

A detailed explanation of all the benefits we would receive as employees was given and all doubts and queries were answered. The HR team had created a relaxed environment for everyone so that any questions could be raised without hesitation.

Two vital sessions followed, which included ethics at work and security. These were perhaps the most important for us new recruits. We received a complete understanding of what Oracle expects of us, the dos and don’ts and a clear picture of the work culture at Oracle.

Thus ended my very first day at work, of course we had tea and coffee breaks too as well as a rather short lunch break!!! (HR team please note) Jokes apart, all in all a rather inspiring day for me as I came back with feelings of enthusiasm and anticipation to begin my career at Oracle with energy and determination.

Friday Jun 03, 2011

A World of Opportunities for Graduates at Oracle: Yes Absolutely!

Over the past few months there has been an increase in blog posts that have been written about our Graduate Program here at Oracle. We have had blog contributions from Graduates, Recruiters and Managers from places such as India and Australia and we are looking forward to more contributions coming from other countries as well.

So why all the excitement about Graduate Recruitment? A better question I think is why wouldn’t people get excited about our Graduate opportunities.

We have a number of Graduates joining Oracle over the next few months and those Graduates are going to be working in a whole range of different types of roles and activities. We offer a range of Career Paths for our Graduates, everything from Product Development to Consulting to Sales. Some Graduates will move into hands on technical roles in QA or as Developers or Programmers while others may exceed in our Sales or Business Management streams.

I have seen previous Oracle Graduates get the opportunity to work internationally, or work with new technology or break sales records. After 5+ years working in Oracle I can safely say this is the type of company where your career is only limited only by your imagination and desire to succeed.

What about the Technology? Working at Oracle gives people a great opportunity to work across so many different technology products. Where else can you get exposure to Databases, Middleware, Applications and Server/Storage systems. With the number of projects and the range of technical solutions that we offer, Oracle really does allow a person to get exposure to the full Technology Stack. As we say Hardware and Software: Engineered to Work Together.

Yes I am a little bit biased in my thoughts (I am one of the Recruiters for Oracle), but one of the great things about working here is the chance to work with so many great individuals. Not only is everyone friendly and enjoyable to work with but I find a common trait in many employees is that we are all driven to succeed. I have had the chance to work with some great business leaders here and learn from them and the enthusiasm and excitement from everyone is contagious.

To all the Graduates who are set to join us: Congratulations again on your success, we are looking forward to having you join our team!

Tuesday May 17, 2011

Oracle India Campus Koffee Konnect Program Part 2

Oracle Management Speaks on Koffee Konnect: Atul Aggarwal , Senior Manager – Oracle OWSM

I was at BITS Pilani on the 5th and 6th of April to connect with campus recruits as part of Oracle's Koffee Konnect program and was accompanied by two colleagues from Oracle NOIDA.

Being an alumnus of BITS Pilani, I was looking forward to visit my alma-mater after 10 long years, and believe me, it was an awesome experience to be back there in Pilani.

We met students at around 5:30 PM on 5th April and had around 30 Graduates who participated in this event. They all seemed very positive and exuded a lot of energy and vibrancy. The students seemed quite well-informed about Oracle. In fact some of them went into the details about the various offices in India and  our work culture. We answered their queries related to Job locations and the nature of the work we do. In general, they were over-joyed and it seems that with this program/event, we left a lasting impression with the students.

I personally feel that with this event Graduates will get a sense of belonging and will feel strongly that they are part of one Happy Big Oracle family. Such was the response that some of the higher degree students showed their interest in doing their practice school (mandatory training as part of course curriculum) in Oracle itself. After having a discussions with them, We invited them to join us over for cool drinks/beverages in the famous Connaught place in Pilani campus. Some of the students joined us and we had very fruitful discussions with them about various topics like Oracle Open World, Work Life Balance, Flexi-hours etc....  The students seemed very upbeat, enthusiastic and were very keen to be part of Oracle family as soon as possible.

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