Supporting renewal representatives renewing contracts and meeting targets. Also helping the wider team reaching their key performance indicators.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I am really enjoying my placement at Oracle so far. I have been made to feel valued, and been given help to support me in my role and my self-development. My placement at Oracle has provided me with many experiences and a variety of skills, which will help me in my future career.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I sit within a large team in the UK head office and have been incredibly lucky to be made to feel part of the team from Day 1. Oracle employees are lucky to have a lot of flexibility in where they chose to work, whether it is at home, or in the office, showing that your manager has trust in you. I have participated in many team activities: meals, dragon boat racing, a treasure hunt, etc.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager has been very helpful by supporting me in my role, and the opportunities that I am able to participate in as an Oracle intern. When I joined, we set aims and objectives to help me in my time at Oracle, and we have been finding different ways to help me achieve these. I have been on training courses, team meetings, participated in charity events; become part of the internal communities, all have been fully supported by my manager.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
My team works in quarters. Most of the line of business’s revenue comes from the end of the fiscal year in quarter 3 and quarter 4. The beginning of the fiscal year can be quiet, so I found work outside of my role. To keep me busy, I got involved with the Oracle Women in Leadership community, and the Prince’s Trust, one of Oracle’s chosen charities.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
In the time I have been at Oracle I have been given a huge amount of responsibility. I have been able to go to customer facing meetings, and be in charge of renewing customer contracts. Outside of my job, I have been given responsibility to organise celebration events, organise a charity run, and much more.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills and experience I have been given in my time at Oracle will be beneficial to my career, and I have gained skills which I would not have got at University. I have got a mentor who is helping me towards my self-development, working on skills to help me in the future.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Office can be busy towards end of quarter and fiscal year. Normally have a quiet a few members in my team in each day, meaning always people to have lunch with, or ask for help. Many employees do work from home if they are not local. Offices across the UK (excluding London), are not as busy as the head office.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
We are only the 2nd 12 months interns to be taken on in Oracle. My role has adapted and changed from the previous interns, due to the changing nature of the business. This may be the same again next year. We have an intern coordinator who helps to manage the interns and the intern program. Oracle is looking to grow the intern program, so future interns may be going into a role where there are no previous interns.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Oracle been completely invested in how they help the interns and their development. Interns are loved in Oracle. Everyone willing to help (if they have the time) in any way they can. This could be exposing you to a new line of business, inviting you to a customer meeting, allowing you to gain an insight into their work, etc.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Oracle is a growing organisation, so I am hopefully for future prospect. Previous interns have been lucky to have roles made for them. Being an intern at Oracle will give you an advantage if you want to progress onto the Oracle Graduate program, or are looking for a job in Oracle in the future. Any future prospects are high due to having a large recognised company on my CV.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
I was lucky to have a fairly good social life. I moved to the area to pursue the placement, as I am not local. I live in a house with 4 other interns, and there are 2 other intern houses. Many interns live locally, so we do normally go out on the weekends. Also been lucky to go out with my team.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Average. Quality of houses are to a high standard. Oracle helpful in getting everybody connected on social media prior to allow people to get houses if need be. Socialising depends on your house, and fellow interns. My team are very social, and normally have a social night on a monthly basis.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The nightlife ok, as there is plenty of clubs and bars, and also the local universities student union nearby. Depends on what you like for nightlife. Not too far from London and Bristol to vary your nights out. It is a good night when going out as a large intern group.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Other interns have participated in activities outside of work, such as football. Due to being a town, there are many activities outside of work, depending on interests. Interns are able to use the corporate discount for the David Lloyd close to the office, which is a huge benefit. Charity events also take place, the palace to palace bike ride.