In honor of National Career Development Month, I’m excited to share with you my personal career journey here at Oracle. It’s a unique one that I hope many aspiring managers and leaders can learn from and shows the importance for organizations to offer the right resources to employees to nurture career development.
I joined the Oracle Cloud HCM product marketing team with eight years of experience in consumer goods and consumer electronics. I knew my skillset in product marketing would translate easily, but I was intimidated by working in a new and unfamiliar industry. Nevertheless, I was anxious and excited to work in human capital management and learn what happens behind the scenes, especially since my prior experience included volunteering to help with resume reviews and mock interviews for recent college graduates.
With the help of my manager and colleagues, I quickly soaked up the world of HCM and SaaS. My next goal was to grow within my department and lead a team. I knew stepping into a large organization would mean honing my skills to prove my leadership ability. I was also looking for a new volunteering opportunity and noticed a module in the Oracle Cloud HCM platform called Work Life, and within that a Volunteering solution. After a quick search in the volunteer portal, I discovered an organization that was seeking peer counselors to advise individuals through an online chat on how to best handle conflicts in the workplace. It was a perfect fit and allowed me to gain critical skill sets in management, including active listening, reframing situations to gain a new perspective, and preparing and executing resolution plans. I began to apply these proficiencies at work, helping to support and grow my colleagues. Armed with these enhanced skills, I was able to demonstrate my ability to take on a leadership role, resulting in my move to a director position this year.
Now that I’ve accomplished this career milestone, I’m utilizing the mentorship capabilities within My Brand, also part of Work Life, to give back and help other colleagues on their journey to a leadership role. By inputting my interests, skills, and areas of expertise into the system, I am able to be matched with mentees who are interested in product marketing.
I’m grateful to work on a product that not only benefits thousands of global organizations but has helped me personally grow my career as well. Many businesses continue to face challenging times this year, so it has become even more important to nurture, retain, and grow existing talent. To learn more about the career development tools within Oracle Cloud HCM, visit oracle.com/hcm.
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