Oracle Academy Alumna Inspires Students in Saudi Arabia

Oracle employee Hana Barakat was once a student participating in the Oracle Academy. That experience led her to build an impressive portfolio of projects demonstrating her technology, critical thinking, and communication skills. Upon graduation, she accepted a job as technical sales consultant with Oracle in Saudi Arabia.

To inspire other students, Hana and colleague Najla Alkebsi recently undertook a speaking tour to visit three higher education institutions—Effat University, King Abdulaziz University, and the College of Business Administration.

Najla and Hana spoke with students enrolled in computer science, information systems, information technology, and management information systems courses. They described a variety of career paths and the kinds of technical skills that are required for success in the twenty-first century knowledge economy. They also offered examples of real-life job postings, showed model applicant responses, and role-played job interviews. Hana shared her personal experiences with Oracle, both as a student and as an employee. "I'm still receiving thank you notes from inspired students," says Najla, "and am delighted to see so many of them applying for local Oracle internships."