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1 Are You Job Ready? Colleen Cassity Executive Director, Oracle Education Foundation Oracle Giving & Volunteers

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3 Today’s Agenda Introduce Oracle and what it does. Discuss how globalization has affected the 21 st century workplace. Detail the skills that are most necessary for success in today’s workplace. Present how you can transform your existing assignments into a technology portfolio that impresses. Learn about the ThinkQuest Application Development Competition. Challenge and motivate you to do what it takes to become job-ready.

4 Oracle Overview Co-founded in 1977 by Larry Ellison. Leader in enterprise software and hardware products. # 1 provider of database software (43% market share). 370,000 customers in 145 countries. 104,500 employees, including 30,000 developers & engineers. 10 million developers in Oracle online communities. 1 million students supported/year.

5 Oracle Overview Industry# of Companies Aero and Defense11 of top 11 organizations Education and Research9 of top 10 universities Communications20 of top 20 service providers Life Sciences20 of top 20 pharmaceuticals Travel3 of top 5 airlines Financial Services10 of top 10 global banks Media/EntertainmentAll of the Fortune 500 global companies #1 in 50 product and industry categories

6 The Internet changed everything.

7 Centralized Workforce

8 Distributed Workforce

9 The global economy raised the competitive bar for workers.

10 Technology Skills Critical Thinking Skills Communication Skills

11 How Do You Compete? +- Obtain a degree in a growing field. Global competition is fierce. Understand the skills employers want. Unemployment is 9.6% in the US 1. Don’t be passive. Actively develop your skills! 1 Source: October, 2010, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Trading EconomicsBureau of Labor StatisticsTrading Economics

12 Career Clusters for IT Students Career ClusterPossible Career Opportunity Information Support and Services Computer information systems manager Database administrator Help-desk specialist Programming and Software Development Computer software engineer Applications programmer Computer programmer Web and Digital Communication Graphic artist Webdesigner Webmaster Network SystemsNetwork administrator PC support specialist Security administrator

13 Mapping Technology Skills to Careers Career ClusterTechnology Skills Information Support and Services Database administrator SQL, Unix, PL/SQL, Oracle Open Office, XML, Solaris, Programming and Software Development Applications programmer Java, JavaScript, C, C++, GCC, Perl, Python, SQL, PL/SQL, VB Web and Digital Communication Web designer JavaScript, HTML, CSS, XML, XSLT, PHP, Flash, Dreamweaver

14 Example: Software Developer Requirements Technology Skills B.S./M.S. or Ph.D. degree in engineering, computer science, or related field. Experience programming in C++ & Java (required), as well as other languages (preferred). Strong technical skills, including understanding of algorithms, systems architecture, and end-user experience. Critical Thinking Skills Strong problem-solving and analytical skills. Experience solving complex problems & managing complex project schedules. Ability to work in a fast-paced environment. Communication/Collaboration Skills Strong written and verbal communication skills. The ability to collaborate effectively with remote team members.

15 Java, JavaScript, Flash, Dreamweaver Application Development Algebra Assistant Application Development Collegecook Application Development InternsInc University of Virginia, B.S., Computer Science PL/SQL, PHP, Oracle Application Express Ben’s Resume

16 Ben’s Cover Letter Text Dear Brad, I would like to apply for your open software developer position. Attached is my resume. I possess a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Virginia. In addition to completing my college course requirements over the past four years, I developed the following applications using Java, JavaScript, PHP, PL/SQL, Oracle 10g Express Edition, Oracle Application Express, Dreamweaver, and Flash. – Algebra Assistant is an interactive game that helps students master Algebra. – is a web application that enables college students to apply for summer internships with employers. – Collegecook is an online library that helps college students make healthy eating choices. Please feel free to peruse these applications. If you like what you see, I would happy to discuss my qualifications for your position. Regards, Ben

17 How Do You Compete? +- Obtain a degree in a growing field. Global competition is fierce. Understand the skills employers want. Unemployment is 9.6% in the US 1. Don’t be passive. Actively develop your skills! 1 Source: October, 2010, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Trading EconomicsBureau of Labor StatisticsTrading Economics

18 Developing Your Skills Microsoft Imagine Cup IBM Battle of the Brains Google Programming Contest CES Apps for Innovation HASTAC Digital Media & Learning Competition

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20 ThinkQuest Application Development Competition Select a real-world problem to be solved. Produce an application or a game that elegantly solves that problem for users. Use your choice of the programming languages, software and development environments from below. Programming Languages Option 1Option 2 Flash JavaScript Java PHP Database: MySQL Flash JavaScript PL/SQL Database: Oracle Database 10g Express Edition

21 ThinkQuest Application Development Competition Age divisions: 22 & under, 19 & under, 16 & under. Teams of 1-6 students & 1 adult coach. Competition closes on April 27, Resources available at

22 Prizes Receive a laptop computer and other prizes. Attend ThinkQuest Live. – Experience Oracle OpenWorld with 42,000 global professionals. – Receive face-to-face mentoring from top software architects, developers, and usability experts. – Develop friendships with peers from around the world. – Participate in educational workshops. – Be honored at a red-carpet gala with dignitaries and executives. “Winning the ThinkQuest Competition gave me an edge and helped me secure a job as a Software Developer right out of college.” Shakeeb

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24 Oracle Internships and Careers Summer Internship Program – Oracle’s College Recruiting Site – Oracle Careers –


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