UWL students get career advice on visit to Oracle tech giant

Group of students at Oracle HQ in Reading

One of the world’s largest computer technology companies opened its doors and gave out valuable career advice to students from the University of West London.

Around 50 students from the School of Computing and Engineering paid a visit to the UK headquarters of the Oracle Corporation in Reading, this month.

Oracle is a global leader in database technology and cloud computing, which are vital for meeting the ever-increasing demand for data storage which today’s economy relies upon so much.

Senior executives at the multinational company lifted the lid on how to build a successful career in the sector during a question and answer session, featuring Oracle Vice President, Steve Gold.

Providing students with the best possible preparation for a successful career is a priority for UWL, so it was apt that the visiting group also met Oracle’s principal software engineer, Paul Hendrick – who himself studied at the University and today sits on the UWL Alumni Board.

Head of Computing at UWL, Dr Danni Novakovic, said: ‘This visit to Oracle’s headquarters was a fantastic opportunity for students to get an insight in to what major companies look when hiring the next generation of talent. The students loved it and responded amazingly well, including questioning senior figures at Oracle on a variety of interesting topics.

‘Events like this can only boost their confidence and their prospects of getting a foothold in this important and growing sector. We’re grateful to Oracle for opening their doors to the University.’

As well as questioning senior management at Oracle about careers, the students also donned warm coats and ear-guards to visit a temperature-controlled room containing servers stacked from floor to ceiling, which generate high levels of heat and noise due to their constant activity.

UWL this year recorded the biggest rise of any UK university in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017; jumping 37 places to No.84 - making UWL the 14th highest ranked university in London.

Ninety six percent of UWL graduates find employment within six months. Additionally, UWL has the best National Student Survey (NSS) student satisfaction score in London.

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