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  1. Gaining a Competitive Edge A Special Lecture, Brought to You by the Oracle Academy

  2. Presentation Available facebook.com/thinkquest academy.oracle.com

  3. Today’s Agenda • Introduce Oracle and what it does. • Discuss how globalization has affected the 21st 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. • 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 • 108,000 employees, including 29,000 developers & engineers • 10 million developers in Oracle online communities • 2+ million students supported/year

  5. Oracle Overview #1 in 50 product or industry categories

  6. The Internet changed everything.

  7. Centralized Product Development

  8. Distributed Product Development

  9. The global economy raised the competitive bar for workers.

  10. Not just by a few inches…

  11. By several feet.

  12. The Global Economy

  13. How Do You Compete? • 1Source: June 2011, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Trading Economics

  14. Technology Skills Critical Thinking Skills Communication Skills

  15. Top Technology-related Skills • SQL • Unix • C, GCC, C++ • Java, JavaScript • Exchange • MS WinNT/2k/XP • XML, XSLT, XHTML • HTML, CSS • PHP, ASP, CFM • Solaris • Perl • AJAX • TCP/IP • Linux • AIX • Novell • Python • IRIX • Flash • Dreamweaver

  16. Career Options for IT Students

  17. Mapping Technology Skills to Careers

  18. 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.

  19. How Do You Compete? • 1Source: June, 2011, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Trading Economics

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

  21. ThinkQuest Application Development Competition • Form a team of 1-6 students and 1 coach. • Select a problem to solve. • Produce an interactive application or game that elegantly solves the problem. • Use the programming languages, software and development environments of your choice. • Compete in one of two age divisions: • 18-22 • 17 & Under.

  22. ThinkQuest Application Development Competition • Entries must be in English. • Resources are available on thinkquest.org. • Competition closes on April 25, 2012. • Test your skills on an international stage.

  23. Prizes • Winners 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 Oracle executives. • Winning team members receive laptop computers.

  24. Internship Opportunity with the Oracle Education Foundation • Students 18 and older who finish in the top 10% are eligible to apply for a paid internship. • Interns hone business and technology skills in one of three areas: • Marketing Strategy • Technology Strategy • Applied Technology

  25. Additional Prizes • Teams that finish in the top 10% will be eligible to receive certificates of distinction. • The 10 schools that engage the most teams win $5,000 USD. • All teams that submit entries will be eligible to receive certificates of participation. “Winning the ThinkQuest Competition gave me an edge and helped me secure a job as a Software Developer right out of college.” Shakeeb

  26. Ben’s Resume Application Development Algebrain Java, JavaScript, Flash, Dreamweaver Application Development Collegiacook PL/SQL, PHP, Oracle Application Express Application Development InternsInc University of Virginia, B.S., Computer Science

  27. Dear Mr. Williams, 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. Alegebrain is an interactive game that helps students master Algebra. www.interns.com is a web application that enables college students to apply for summer internships with employers. Collegiacook 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 be happy to discuss with you my qualifications for your position. Regards, Ben

  28. Further Opportunities to Develop Skills • Demonstrate job readiness through other endeavors. • Campus/community activities • Clubs and organizations • Professional associations • Identify a problem and develop a solution. • Add the solution to your portfolio. • Impress potential employers.