As an Operations Intern it was my responsibility to create reports and extract data from Sales Intelligence for managers to analyse on a week by week basis. My role at Oracle involved me working closely with the Front Line Managers and Sales Reps of the HCM team, and completing any actions that they need within in the week. In addition to thus reports, it was my responsibility to create a Sales Forecast for the CLT to view on a weekly basis
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I have really enjoyed my Placement at Oracle. At first I found it difficult to adjust and adapt to my role. But now I'm really enjoying my work and trying to gain experience outside my area of the Oracle organization. There are also many opportunities to get involved in charity events which are great fun.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I feel very valued within the organization. My team treat me like one of their own and I don't hesitate when asking for help. The HR Team also do a great job of keeping an eye on the Interns and are constantly checking up on us and ensuring we are ok.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
The support and guidance by my Management/ supervisors is very good. We are constantly given support by our managers and other employees within the organization. Throughout the duration of the year we were often offered additional support or projects we can get involved in to develop our skills. I have never felt there was a lack of support or guidance.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I'm very busy on a daily basis. My job role follows a weekly cadence which I follow day by day. It is our responsibility to complete the day by day tasks. What I like at Oracle is that its our responsibility to get more work. If we feel we want to increase our workload, we can.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
As my role is operational based, I'm not part of the decision making process. Its my job complete the tasks the FLM's don't have time to do. Furthermore, as my organization is so large, there are many layers of hierarchy, which im at the lowest point of. And therefore I have little responsibility.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills I have developed will massively assist my degree and University studies. I have improved my communication, teamwork, confidence and digital competency. Each of thus skills can help me in various ways when I return to University. Completing a Placement year has given me life long skills and great exposure to a sales organization.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere within the office was ok. It was great because all of the Interns were sat together. This meant we could talk, work and socialize at the same time. However, the office can sometimes be too loud as there are people walking around the floor on calls and this can become very frustrating.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Overall the placement was very well organized. I personally would not change anything about it. There is so much opportunity to get involved with projects, charity work and explore the Oracle organization further. The fact we have a member of the HR team to look after us as Interns is amazing!
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company have invested in terms of training and development. I have participated in numerous sessions which have aimed to improve digital competency, presentation skills and communication. I have really enjoyed the training sessions that have been set up for the Interns and can hopefully attend a few more before the year is over.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The future employment prospects within the organization are very appealing. Working at Oracle is an extremely attractive prospect and something I would love to do. The year has been one of the most challenging but yet fun years of my life and I have really enjoyed working at an organization such as Oracle.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes, there was a good social scene. The Interns were all friendly with one another and went on numerous nights out. The boys also participated in 5 a side football on a Wednesday night which was a great opportunity for everyone to bond with one another. The only limitation is Reading isn't the best for going out with friends.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I currently live in a 5 bedroom house 10 minutes away from Reading center. The cost of the house is £450 a month plus bills which works out being £500 a month, which I think is very reasonable. In terms of socializing, Reading is expensive. Its just below London prices, hence why I didn't go out in Reading often.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Reading nightlife is awful. There are very few good clubs and bars. I have only spent one weekend in Reading since the beginning of the Placement. I think that says it all! There are some bars and nightclubs, however, they aren't anything special. In terms of location Reading is great as there are easy links to London, Bristol and Southampton.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes, there were many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work such as charity events. I have been involved in various events including the Palace to Palace Cycle Ride and the Tough Mudder Obstacle Course. Several other Interns were involved in other groups/ initiatives such as Toastmasters which aimed to improve presentation skills.