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This is the best way to start your career at the cutting edge

By Senaya Krishnan March 22, 2018

As Telstra’s Graduate Program Manager, I’ve seen thousands of graduates join our business in the eight years I’ve been with the company. It’s been a real pleasure watching them develop and help shape our company’s direction and future.

We’ve launched a dedicated hub for Students and Graduates incorporating all the things you’d like to know about the Telstra Graduate Program and Telstra as an employer.

We have seven streams to apply for including: engineering, business and commerce, customer-centric design, finance and strategy, marketing, HR and IT which run over 18 months. Throughout their time on the program, our graduates take part in challenging development activities that focus on innovation, creativity, self-awareness and measured risk taking.

Our program offers real and rewarding work that will help you grow professionally and personally, while developing your technical and soft skills. You’ll get a minimum of three rotations and work on an innovation project while being supported by a buddy, mentor and manager. Of course, the projects you work on will vary depending on your stream – but you can be sure they’ll be stimulating, challenging and exciting.

So what do we look for in a graduate? We have a clear set of values, and a vision to be a world-class technology leader that empowers people to thrive in a connected world. We want graduates who are just as excited about our values and vision as we are. We’re global, with 32,000 employees across more than 20 countries.

We’re innovating in ways you may not know about. Did you know we’re venturing into cutting-edge new areas such as e-health, next generation cellular connectivity, the internet of things, and even self-driving automotive vehicles?

There’s a world of opportunity here – so we’re looking for people who really want to start their career on the leading edge. For more information on what we look for in a grad and the things you can do on our program, be sure to check out our Graduate Program landing page.

My advice? Take a good look around our website, come and see us at your nearest careers fair or chat to us on Facebook if you need any more information.

If you’re looking to hit the ground running and find your edge, we want to hear from you! Hurry, applications will close at 11:55pm, Monday 26 March.

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Three ways Telstra is empowering and developing its graduates

By Isabelle Page November 6, 2017

Telstra has a whole range of programs available for graduates, students and early career seekers. Learn more about where a career with us could take you.

One of the great things about Telstra’s Graduate Program is that over 18 months we get to be part of a series of courses that help us to develop and grow as young professionals.

Recently, we completed ‘Module 3- Innovation and Growth’, which was facilitated by Impact International.

This program encouraged us to push our own boundaries and challenge ideas in a supportive and engaging environment, that allowed creativity to flourish.

To complete the module we had to undertake a competitor analysis, do an impromptu pitch, work on a mood board, learn how to implement stages of innovation and even create a freestanding structure to catapult an object (there is never a dull moment at Telstra!).

Here are the top three things I learnt from the day.

1. Don’t fear failure

We should all actively strive towards a ‘growth mindset’ rather than a ‘fixed mindset’.

People with a ‘growth mindset’ like to try new things, perceive failure as an opportunity to grow and see feedback as constructive.

This is compared to a person who has a a ‘fixed mindset’. They don’t like to grow their abilities, hate to be challenged and because they stick to what they know, they limit their openness to embrace change and innovate.

Therefore, in order to be a successful innovator, people need to consciously work towards becoming or sustaining a “growth mindset”.

2. Collaboration is key

Never underestimate the power of people!

Being part of the Graduate Program allows me to to collaborate with individuals from a diverse range of fields.

For instance, a HR Graduate has the opportunity to work with a Marketer, Network Engineer and Finance Graduate on the same project.

This reflects a ‘Project Ways of Working’ mindset to problem solving, that recognises that creativity requires differing skill sets.

3. Practice, practice, practice!

These graduate modules allow us to put theory into practice in a supportive setting.

This helps to grow our confidence and refine techniques so that we are equipped with the necessary skills to apply to real-life scenarios in the future.

The Graduate Program creates an environment for individuals to succeed through guidance and additional training, and delivers on its promise to provide development opportunities to graduates and employees.