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To the Pinnacle with Oracle

Kathleen Sim
JAPAC Employer Branding Lead

In my 6 years at Oracle, I’ve yet to experience monotony, since Oracle has been able to provide me diverse roles and flexibility to keep me going. Oracle provides incredible career opportunities, and all one has to do is stay positive, believe in oneself, and possess a can-do attitude.

I joined Oracle in 2012 while I was on a career break after the birth of my first child. I’m thankful to my then-manager who saw the potential in me, and recruited me in spite of being on a break. I joined the Oracle Financial Services Software Consulting team to be part of the process-led implementation of the FLEXCUBE suite of products, where I learned nuances of process modeling and new technologies.

After the birth to my second child, I decided to look for another role that was predominantly travel-free and would help me grow new skills. I joined the Financial Services Global Business Unit PMO team, where I focused on Project Management, Contracting, Project Reviews, and Project Health Checks. Oracle’s training on Project Management and Oracle Unified Methodology (OUM)—along with the support of my husband and family—helped me achieve success in this new role, while juggling my home life with a breast-fed baby and a school-goer.

I then moved into my current role in Risk Management, where I help review complex consulting bids, complete qualitative risk analysis during the initiation phase of a project, conduct project health checks for ongoing consulting projects, and play an advisory role for Project Managers and Consulting.

Five keys to success at Oracle

As I look back on my journey with Oracle thus far, I’d offer the following pieces of advice.

  1. Follow your passion. I love travelling, and therefore, I’m back to taking flights once every few months to meet customers. It’s been an exhilarating experience so far! The constant encouragement from senior managers helps me in going the extra mile to stay abreast with the skills required for the role.
  2. Keep learning. I’m studying to take up certifications in Risk Management, in order to stay up-to-date with the latest skillset that my job demands. When time allows it, I also take up online courses (available in abundance these days). My job motivates me; I know I’m going to learn something new every morning when I open my laptop.
  3. Maintain your personal priorities. With flexible working hours, I’ve been able to manage the expectations of my role at work, as well as being there for my kids and family. I’ve also kick-started my fitness journey, running marathons and finding ways to stay on track. Multitasking, planning, asking for help, prioritizing, accepting the fact that you can’t have it all, and being assertive are some of the skills I’ve learnt over the years.
  4. Develop your relationships. Maintaining work relationships with all the internal stakeholders, and doing one’s best to help cross-functional teams is something that will not go unnoticed. This will certainly come in handy to acquire diverse experiences.
  5. Demonstrate your potential. Curiosity and willingness to learn are, perhaps, some of the most important qualities to have, and Oracle has helped me imbibe these. I believe education is a journey, not a destination.

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

 

Priya T.
Risk Management Senior Analyst

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