Junior role supporting the use of Oracle applications within Oracle.
Task including but not limited to:
Developing enhancements to the current applications, using Java and/or PL/SQL.
Implementing and testing aformentioned enhancements.
Providing end-user support for the application via email/telephone/internal support requests.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Challenging work, with good support from colleagues in a friendly environment.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Participation in group projects was a key area of the role, which made me feel valued.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Each placement student within Oracle Apps IT was assigned to a manager. Support and guidance was available constantly, from people who very knowledgeable about the work being carried out.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
As the role had a support element, occasionally there would be little work to do. Though most of the time, there was plenty.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
For the majority of the time I was left to my own devices, but all development work I produced was screened before being progressed to a Live/Production environment.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I am yet to begin my final year.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Although it was an open plan office, it was very rare to see people from different teams interacting.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Recruitment and induction was organised by the relevant team, who were flown in from Ireland. Whilst we reported to a specific manager, there was also a designated member of staff in the office to provide us with any guidance or information we required and to organise events.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I was sent on an Oracle University training course, for which I received an industry recognised certificate. This is in addition to the 1:1 tuition and guidance I received from my manager until I was trained to perform my job.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I would be more than happy to continue work for Oracle once I have graduated.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
In total, there were over 20 placements students at Oracle. 10 of whom lived in two houses, next door to each other. As you can imagine, we had a good year!
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Expensive in relation to Manchester (my university town) and Sheffield (home).
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Reading itself has a poor student nightlife. I've rated it as 2 stars only because London is not too far away.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Oracle has an internal Sports & Social department, who organise such activities and provide information regarding external clubs/societies.