Starting a job can be equally nerve-wracking and exciting. For some recent university graduates, this is their reality as they start their careers at Telstra.

We’re excited to recently welcome 178 graduates who will experience our redeveloped 13-month Graduate program. They will be involved in two in-depth rotations to get an understanding of the business, with three learning and experience accelerators to develop specific technology-based capabilities.

These new team members join specialised pathways including software and network engineering, information and cyber security, data analytics and management, product and service design, technology consulting and solutions, as well as finance and human resources.

This intake is a significant boost to our talent pipeline. Our graduates will be spread across the business, supporting the cutting edge work we’re doing in areas such as the Internet of Things (IoT), software-defined networking, 5G, cyber security, drone technology and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Transforming our graduate program has been a huge effort from many people across Telstra and we were thrilled to hear in the past week that the refresh is making its mark with our graduates and their experiences:

We are proud to be recognised in both the engineering and technology space and are committed to boosting the pipeline of talent in these areas within Australia.

Harrison Jones

Among the new starters in the 2020 cohort is Harrison Jones, who was previously part of our CareerTrackers Indigenous internship program, having completed rotations with Telstra Health and Telstra Broadcast Services.

“I really enjoyed being a Telstra intern. The culture, the employees and the grads that I worked alongside seem to shine – which is what I want in my career. I’m very excited to be joining Telstra as part of the 2020 graduate program and seeing all those people I worked with and meeting more in the future.”

Justin Dolman

Justin Dolman echoes these thoughts after 13 months in the program and is excited at the opportunity of travelling to Hong Kong for his final rotation in the International Sales team.

“I have found that my graduate experience at Telstra has been an amazing opportunity for me to explore where I can best apply myself. I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to take ownership of projects in Telstra’s Global OTT (Over the Top) team.

“There’s so much available within Telstra, and so much that I have yet to explore. It’s great knowing that even after the grad program I’ll be able to move through the organisation. The graduate program has been an opportunity for me to explore different areas of the business, while showcasing my abilities to different teams. This has allowed me to find where I fit best in the organisation, making sure I’m both challenged and rewarded throughout my career.”

For those interested in applying for the Telstra 2021 Graduate program, applications open 3 March 2020.