I’ve been at Telstra for over 19 years and what a journey it has been so far.
Why have you stayed for so long, I hear you ask? There are three main reasons: the amazing work I get to do as we rapidly bring to life new technology solutions that empower our customers to thrive in a connected world. The ability to work with a phenomenal team who are passionate about what they do. And, most of all, a great sense of community within the business.
I’ve also got to learn a lot, especially from the cutting edge work I get to do here and the people I get to work with.
So what are the main things I have learnt over my journey that could help your career? Here are my top six things.
Network, network, network
Network like your career depends on it…because it does. Make trusted connections within and outside of your company by attending industry events and using social media platforms like LinkedIn to connect with others.
You are enough, enough of everything you need to be in order to achieve whatever your heart desires…so back yourself and dream big! You won’t be remembered for responding to email quickly. Do the things that really matter, that you want to be remembered for.
Build good relationships
All businesses are people businesses, so make sure you don’t forget the lost art of doing business through trusted relationships.
I wish I didn’t spend so much of my early career sitting behind a computer typing emails. Instead I would suggest meeting people in person or talk to them on the phone. It’s an easier way to communicate and is a more human way of doing business.
Find a good mentor
I think mentoring is valuable to anyone who is looking to progress their careers. I’ve found consciously writing down the names of the people I would like to meet and learn from, is a great way to draw up a mentoring wish list. It’ll also help you to work out what you would like to get out of a mentoring relationship.
When you meet a potential mentor for the first time keep it relaxed because you are not asking someone to the school dance. If the first catch up doesn’t feel right then don’t force the relationship.
Build your personal brand
I think the first thing to remember is your name is your brand, so you should treat it like a valuable commodity.
You also need to keep in the back of your mind that first impressions count, in person and via your online profiles. Trust is easy to lose and hard to rebuild.
Finally, be yourself
I’m a huge advocate for come as you are to work and work in a way that best suits you. For me, this means I come to work in my jeans and sparkly sneakers. I often bring my daughter Sofia to work and I often work flexibly either from home, or a café for different energy and inspiration.
People shine the most when they feel like themselves inside and outside of the office, and I believe others are attracted to working with people like that.