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Oracle's Safra Catz Visits India - What Does this Mean for IT Professionals?

Breanne Wilson
Senior Web Project Manager - Oracle University

Written by Nicole Fornacon, Marketing Director OU EMEA/APAC

Earlier this month, Oracle global chief Safra Catz announced a $400 million expansion of our India facility on her maiden trip to India. So what does this mean to the average Oracle professional?

This illustrates Oracle’s commitment to growth in India, which can only translate to more demand for Oracle professionals in India and the region.

With plans to establish a host of incubation centers for start-ups and an extensive training program to groom young talent in the country, Safra Catz, who also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said the new Oracle campus in Bangalore will be its largest center outside the US.

Why is this news important?

IT professionals are often conflicted when choosing which technology on which to focus their career. In a rapidly changing technology landscape, many have chosen to align themselves with a technology leader that drives change or is at the forefront of technology.

Oracle has been the choice for many and given the latest announcements made in India, young graduates should look at opportunities that can be awarded with becoming an Oracle Certified Expert.

During her recent trip, Safra also announced Oracle will be looking to hire over 2,000 additional staff in India.

With such tremendous expansion within the company, it's likely to continue to spur growth for Oracle technology and Oracle professionals in the marketplace.

So how can you take advantage of this opportunity? What can help you stand out in a crowd?

The Oracle Workforce Development Program (WDP) is specifically designed for young graduates looking to position themselves separately from the crowd.

Through WDP, students can get Oracle Certified, further validating their skills and knowledge, which gives employers more confidence to hire them. A large number of Oracle Certifications are available for DBAs and developers, but is it worth the investment?

Should you get Oracle Certified?

With so many questions around the benefits of certification and whether or not certification will help candidates improve career prospects, surveys conducted all point to the job and salary benefits of certification.

According to Payscale.com, the salary for non-certified Oracle DBAs versus certified Oracle DBAs is quite dramatic, with the median salary for non-certified DBAs standing at 444k INR.

In comparison, certified DBA managers can earn in excess of 2.3M INR! The numbers really speak for themselves.

Oracle certification is not just a piece of a paper. It is one of the most credible and valuable accreditation IT professionals can earn.

Whether you are experienced or new to the technology industry, it's extremely important to prove your abilities to prospective employers in an intensely competitive job market.

Having a recognized Oracle certification can make all the difference in giving companies the confidence to hire you.

So why get yourself certified? Increased job opportunities, higher earning power, proven skills, a recognized industry accreditation – that is what you get with an Oracle Certification!

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