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The 3 most important tips I’ve learnt from technology leaders

Telstra Careers People

Posted on April 16, 2018

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I’m halfway through the Telstra Graduate Program and what I’ve noticed since starting here is just how much Telstra invests in and develops its people.

As a graduate, I can connect with senior leaders within the business through mentoring and reverse mentoring programs, as well as at monthly sessions called ‘meet our leaders’.

Being able to gain insights from such a senior group of people has helped me to understand the breadth of leadership styles across Telstra and also learn about how they have overcome obstacles in their own careers.

I’m also encouraged to attend events and gain insights from external leaders. One of the most recent events I attended was called Code Like a Girl, which aims to inspire more women into coding and leadership careers within the technology industry.

I learnt a lot during the event but here are the top three things I took away:

  • 1. It’s important to control what you can

    A lot of people assume that those who have had an impressive career have got to where they are through luck and circumstance. However, this is not always the case.

    What I took away from this event is just how important it is to control what you can, with two of these being grit and hard work.

    The tech leaders told us these two things can play a big role in helping you to reach your career goal.

  • 2. Learn the skills of the future

    Listening to all of these leaders really highlighted to me that I continually need to upskill if I want to keep up with our changing industry.

    Even though I’m not necessarily going to work in a specialised tech role, I still feel that it’s important for me to learn some of the basics because you never know when these skills might come in handy.

    Since the event, I’ve decided that I’m going to learn coding, which is a skill that is already being taught in some schools.

  • 3. Celebrate success

    Employees at Telstra taking part in a meeting

    The final thing I learnt is just how important it is to celebrate your own success, otherwise your hard work may go unnoticed.

    The tech leaders told us there are a few simple ways you can do this. They are:

    – Get yourself some advocates in the workplace
    – Know what is within your control (and what isn’t)
    – Blow your own trumpet