Gaining a Competitive Edge A Special Lecture, Brought to You by the Oracle Academy
Presentation Available facebook.com/thinkquest academy.oracle.com
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.
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
Oracle Overview #1 in 50 product or industry categories
The global economy raised the competitive bar for workers.
How Do You Compete? • 1Source: June 2011, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Trading Economics
Technology Skills Critical Thinking Skills Communication Skills
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.
How Do You Compete? • 1Source: June, 2011, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Trading Economics
Developing Your Skills • Microsoft Imagine Cup • IBM Battle of the Brains • Google Programming Contest • CES Apps for Innovation • HASTAC Digital Media & Learning Competition
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.