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Balancing business smarts and tech know-how as a Telstra Graduate

Telstra Careers Students

Posted on February 6, 2020

3 min read

As someone who studied a Masters in Machine Learning at Monash University, being part of the Telstra Graduate Program has given me an insight into what I need to do to be a successful programmer.

I chose to apply for the Program because of the cutting-edge projects that the company is delving into – the organisation has a clear direction of moving into edge computing and building Australia’s 5G capabilities.  These projects also go hand in hand with artificial intelligence, which is my focus area. Because of these factors, I knew the work I would be doing at Telstra would align with my own career direction. 

As part of the Program, I need to do three rotations in different areas of the business. In my first rotation, I worked in Networks and IT where I was mainly designing chatbots. It was a great experience because I’m really interested in deep learning and artificial intelligence.  I’m currently in my second rotation where I’m working in the computer vision department in Telstra Labs.

What I really enjoy about my current rotation is the diversity of the work I do. For example, I could be doing something quite technical or I could be engaged in a task that requires me to learn more about a different business unit within Telstra. Whatever it is I am doing, I’m finding out a lot about the broader business because my current team does a lot of work for different business functions. 

I love being part of the Telstra Labs team.

Since starting at Telstra, I’ve noticed the size of the business is a strength in terms of what it offers graduates. I’ve been able to get involved in the commercial aspect of how things work and how products are launched. This has helped to grow a different side of my career as previously, I’ve only been involved in the technical aspects of a product.

On top of that, the people and mentorship I’ve had access to has really given me a lot of guidance and helped me grow professionally.  During my first rotation, my direct line manager was a real technical specialist and very attentive, so I learned heaps from him. Then in my second rotation, my leader has taught me a lot about the commercial aspect of technology. In terms of personal development, my managers have given me a lot of time and have been invested in helping me build my skill-set and knowledge.

But what I have loved the most is that I’ve been able to take my love for edge computing and apply it to a passion project of mine where I had a number of cameras roaming around the vicinity of Telstra Vantage. While they normally record this event, I wanted this year to be different so I enabled them with 4G technology so they roamed around doing object recognition in real-time.

For anybody who is considering applying for the Telstra Graduate Program, I would say, be open to new things and be open to learning, as that’s the way you’ll continue to grow and develop if you are successful in your application. For example, I’ve recently been given the opportunity to showcase and demonstrate my work at Telstra Vantage to technology peers, higher Telstra leaders and other AI and programming buffs, which is something I don’t believe I would be able to do anywhere else.

Interested in a career in emerging technology? Learn more about Telstra’s Graduate Program.

STEAM vs STEM: Redefining key skills for the future

Telstra Careers Inspiration

Posted on January 14, 2020

3 min read

At Telstra Vantage, I was thrilled to be part of a panel adjudicating high school students from regional and remote Australia pitching technology-based solutions for problems in their community.

What struck me was that, for most of these students, finding a meaningful solution to a real-world problem wasn’t rooted in in-depth technical knowledge, but rather a creative mindset and a drive to innovate.

It’s these human skills – creativity, innovation, problem-solving and the ability to grapple with diverse ideas – that are critical to the future of work both at Telstra and across industries.

At Telstra Vantage 2019, we invited high school students from regional Australia to take the stage and present their tech solutions to the real-world problems facing their communities.
At Telstra Vantage 2019, I was thrilled to be part of a panel adjudicating high school students from regional and remote Australia.

Putting the ‘A’ into STEM

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills are incredibly valuable in enabling us to solve complex problems. These skills form the basis of many of the tech roles Telstra has today.

However, in our increasingly tech-focused world we need to further consider what constitutes a well-rounded skillset. At Telstra, when we’re recruiting for a role in tech, what we look for isn’t just a technical degree or technical experience but also the right mindset. We want to delve into how a person understands customers, their approach to challenges, their resilience to failure and when things go wrong, and how they collaborate to solve complex problems. These holistic human skills can be defined as ‘Arts’ and STEM becomes STEAM.

We are living in a world with never before seen challenges and opportunities. The education sector from school to tertiary are recognising this and many are integrating and prioritising the ‘Arts’ alongside science, technology, engineering, and maths curriculums. STEAM skillsets and mindsets are increasingly critical in order to be an entrepreneur, leader, innovator or creator in the future of work and we want students to have all of these skills in order to thrive.

Championing learning, curiosity and exploration

When I reflect on my career, I realise that I’ve learnt so much by surrounding myself and observing people who are curious, creative and brave enough to question and to try something new. These people come from all walks of life with different backgrounds and career experiences. They often have a deep passion for their work and their life, are generous in sharing what they know and are open about what they’ve learnt along the way. I am grateful for their insights and impact on me.

At Telstra Vantage 2019 with our Head of the Telstra Foundation Jackie Coates
At Telstra Vantage 2019 with our Head of the Telstra Foundation Jackie Coates

At Telstra, we believe that everyone should have a voice and the ability to change things. Within my team, we all have different specialisations and backgrounds, and the way we work is by dissecting problems and iterating solutions together. Those key human skills like curiosity, creativity and collaboration are what allow us to tackle some of our most complex challenges.

As part of our accelerator and education programs in our Telstra Graduate Program, we work with students and graduates to provide holistic training, hands-on experience and mentoring that assists them to transition from campus and to thrive at work. With this approach, we hope to equip people with those critical skills and mindsets that they can carry with them throughout their careers.

I’m really proud of the work we’re doing around designing and developing the future workforce for Telstra, and delivering genuine value through education and learning for our employees.

Are you interested in or know someone who should apply for our Telstra Graduate Program? Applications open in March.

You can find out about our other Programs here.