For Priyanka Sharma, Senior Member of Technical Staff, joining the Database Development team meant working on and growing with one of the most successful enterprise software products in the world. Read our Q&A below to learn more about her experience as part of this group that affects millions of lives worldwide.
Why did you join the Database Development team?
When I first saw the Oracle Database during college, I was intrigued to learn more about those who made it. My attention towards the company grew even more when I realized they always hired the best minds from my college, year after year. You can imagine my excitement when I got a call from an Oracle recruiter a couple of years later—it was an easy decision for me to make.
How’s it like to work in your team?
As part of Test Infrastructure Development in the Oracle Database team, I face new challenges as I learn the length and breadth of the product and test its vast feature set. I’m always encouraged to come up with processes and address challenges using next-generation technologies to improve our legacy offerings. I also get the opportunity to learn about the lifecycle and delivery of software in depth.
I love seeing and analyzing things from various angles, as I’m someone with a knack for questioning and investigating. Every day, I observe and research corner cases that could break the product with my amazing team, which supports your individual, overall professional growth.
Tell us more about the meaningful work that you do.
Oracle Database is a product used by many companies in all domains. Even though we don’t realize it, it affects almost every aspect of our lives in one way or another, whether it’s banking, booking travel tickets, medical services, and much more. As part of my job, I ensure that users continue to use our product diversely without any glitches, thus positively affecting their lives.
While work is important, one of the most valuable things I’ve learned at Oracle off my desk has been to be a responsible human being. By participating in various initiatives off work, I’ve learned about being empathetic to underprivileged people; I’ve learned about being thoughtful and sharing with people who are really in need. Employees here can help society in many ways, like blood donations, flood relief, and educating children.
Why should people join your team?
Flexible work hours let you maintain a healthy work-life balance. I’ve always felt there’s an inclusive atmosphere here, where all genders, castes, and creeds are welcome. We value people for who they really are. There’s great focus on individual growth, which in turn leads to the growth of the team and the company as a whole.
While we perform conventional testing on our product, my team and I also work actively on next-generation framework, which focuses on automation and modernizing our test infrastructure and processes. It’s a perfect blend for anyone who wants to learn how we built software traditionally, and how modern technology is changing it. This is the perfect place to observe and learn from this transition.
Do you have any career advice for our readers?
Keep learning and growing every single day at work. Treat your work hours with utmost sincerity, irrespective of whatever work they assign you. Don’t let your curiosity die as you grow in your career. Keep your ambitions high and your head low.
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Are you ready to join our Database Development team? If so, email your CV to our dedicated Talent Advisor, Suman Gudibanda, for us to consider you —or connect with Priyanka Sharma on LinkedIn for a friendly chat about life at Oracle. You can also explore our complete list of open positons at our dedicated Oracle Careers website. Create the future with us.