Thursday Sep 15, 2011

That College Feeling at Oracle by Swapnil Jadhav

As a fresh graduate I was proud to join Oracle as my first company. I reached Hyderabad with my father 3 days prior to the date of joining at Oracle. I came to visit the campus the next day of my reaching here. I literally fell in love with those three Oracle buildings with blue glass facades.

It feels very different for a person who has never seen how an organization works to come and join work in a big organization. There were so many fears- will I be able to meet the organizations expectations, what if I fail to do my work on time, or what if my work is not up to the mark. Fears akin to what a student gets before important exams during his academic life. Even if you were a brilliant academic performer in college, you still feel fearful when you are about to join work.

At Oracle, the campus to corporate training program makes you feel very comfortable. The games, the open discussions and doubt clearing sessions that we had with the HR team make you get ready for your corporate life. Then you start feeling lucky that you have got Oracle as your first company in your professional life. You learn that it’s fine to make mistakes and learn from them, and it’s not different from your academic life. You get to learn cool stuff and meet some of the most intelligent people here. They inspire you.

Oracle has this protocol of calling everybody by their first names. It was something new to me as we are used to calling people as sir or ma'am. Calling my manager by his first name feels as if he is my classmate from college.

At work place time flies by, it’s not even 40 days that I joined Oracle and I’m loving it! You get to meet so many people in the campus. The gym is well equipped and well maintained. Oracle wants to us to be fit and healthy. Even after I am tired after work I got to gym and feel the energy surging after 30 minutes of run on a treadmill.

When I need to get some fresh air, I can just get out of my cubicle and walk around. There are well maintained gardens which makes me wonder how come they keep the plants so green in the heat of Hyderabad, it looks like my IIT Bombay gardens with well -kept green shrubs around the buildings.

Oracle is a warm company and there is no dress code here, I used to come wearing formals to office in the first few days and was surprised to see most of the seniors here in jeans and T-Shirts.

I must add that while coming to work every morning I feel as if I am going to my college, to learn, to live, to chill, and to enjoy life at Oracle.

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………………………..

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