In early November my fellow Telstra Indigenous colleagues and I attended the fourth National Indigenous Corporate Network, hosted by Lend Lease in Sydney.  The Network was convened by the Diversity Council Australia to create a space for dialogue and networking opportunities, promote career and talent development opportunities, and give an increased presence and profile for Indigenous people working in Australia’s corporate sector.

We got to hear from an inspirational guest speaker, Sharon Gray from Indigenous Jobs Australia, on the topic of ‘Career Planning & Talent Management.’ I am very passionate about the Network as it is a great way for our mob to meet on a quarterly basis to do what we do best – network in a fun and culturally appropriate setting.  The Network also stays in touch through their own group on LinkedIn.

Also in November, the Telstra Foundation again supported the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre (AILC) forum in Canberra. The forum provides a unique chance for Indigenous leaders from across the country to develop their leadership knowledge and capabilities to assist them in their local communities. The Telstra Foundation has been an ongoing sponsor and valued partner of the AILC for the past couple of years. There were over 150 Indigenous leaders at the forum and it was an honour to be able to represent Telstra, along with Heath Rickard from the Foundation.

This year, we’ve certainly been out there a lot more promoting Telstra as a great place to work. On 7 December I teamed up with Nele Vandermissen and Erin Gibbons from the Telstra Careers Centre to attend the Indigenous Careers “Connecting Our Mob” day in Campbelltown, Sydney. There were approximately 200 Indigenous community members there, including job seekers, local service providers and various other organisations. There were also some special guest icons from NSW Origin Legends – Terry Lamb (formerly of the Canterbury Bulldogs) and Ronnie Gibbs (formerly of the Manly Sea Eagles). The day was sponsored by NSW Origin Legends and the Recon Indigenous Group. We were honoured to be a part of such a great day, connecting directly with the mob in Campbelltown about careers at Telstra. I’m really looking forward to the various careers events and job fairs that we’ll be part of in 2013.

I would also like to celebrate some success by recognising the completion of our very own Indigenous school based trainee, Tasmin Lynch, who graduated on 7 December. Tasmin successfully completed a Certificate 2 in Business Services while based in Perth’s Telstra Enterprise Government team (TEG), managed by Vashti Kotz. Tasmin’s TEG colleague’s Lizzy and Herman accompanied her to the graduation and both said it was great to celebrate Tasmin’s well deserved award for her achievements, as well as meet Tasmin’s supportive parents and her fellow recipients. This was a very proud moment for Tasmin and her family. I would also like to recognise the work of the Aboriginal Employment Strategy, a valued partner in Tasmin’s achievement.

Tasmin Lynch’s graduation

That is all from me, folks. It has been a busy and exciting first year for me, but before I go I would like to thank my manager Troy Roderick, fellow Telstra colleagues and all our valued partners for your support. I could not have had the year that I’ve had without you.

Finally I wish you and your families a safe and happy holidays and I look forward to touching base in the New Year.