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OAUG forum aims to aid young people with Oracle careers

The OAUG has started a Young Professionals Forum, a group designed to create networking and educational opportunities for people between the ages of 25 and 35 who work with Oracle technologies.

Young people beginning Oracle careers often have a lot of hurdles to leap. Many start out without Oracle-specific knowledge or the right connections to call on when they want to learn more. At the Collaborate 14 conference in April, the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) reached out to attendees between the ages of 25 and 35 to help them found a Young Professionals Forum. On Aug. 13, the forum held its first educational webinar, focusing on Oracle's big data offerings.

In follow-up interviews, several participants revealed they're facing some of the same difficulties and decisions -- and the hope behind the forum is they can help each other through.

Tamicka Camp, a 35-year-old applications analyst at Southern Company, explained that when she started working at the Atlanta-based utility holding company three years ago, she didn't just have to learn on the job -- she also had to make it look like she already knew what to do. "The challenge," she said, "is just being a young professional trying to get your feet wet and get in the door."

Kelsi Jones, 26, has been working for three years as an applications consultant at health insurer Humana in Lexington, Ky. "It's a hard career to get into, especially as a female," she said. "And I'm young enough to be some of these guys' children or grandchildren." Jones described a phone call in which the person on the other end of the line refused to speak to her because he couldn't believe someone her age and gender could be capable of handling IT work. She eventually had to bring an older male colleague onto the call.

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This was first published in August 2014

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