Coming from a background in Geology, Wing Cheah joined our graduate program in Hong Kong as part of our Telstra Enterprise team in 2016. Within a year, Wing has spent some quality time across various business areas such as Product, Channel and Alliance. We sat down with her to see how she’s crafted her own promising career in tech.
Can you share with us a bit about yourself and your role at Telstra so far?
I studied Geology at Imperial College London and joined Telstra in 2016 as a Marketing, Pricing and Product graduate based in Hong Kong.
My journey started off in the Product team, which was initially a bit scary for me as I didn’t feel as though I knew about the industry – let alone the products! I spent the first month familiarising myself with them and what we were offering.
With the help of my managers and teammates I slowly grew accustomed to all the acronyms and products. This helped to lay a solid foundation for my current rotation in the Channel and Alliance team, which focuses on dealing with Telstra’s partners, resellers and agents.
As a young professional landing your first job, what are some valuable things you’ve learned so far that help drive your development?
There are just so many learning opportunities at Telstra as you always get to try new things as a graduate. For example, in my first role I was asked to conduct a market research report which started as a small task.
After reviewing the data I suggested some additions we could make to get a better understanding of how we are performing in the market.
My manager was very supportive and so this small task turned into a big research project that took up most of my rotation. In the end I consolidated my findings into a 29-page document and presented the key insights to the wider team.
It’s always very important to be proactive and brave enough to share your ideas.
What do you love most about the International Graduate Program?
Being part of a cohort with other graduates is definitely one of the best elements of the program. I joined the program earlier when there were only two others, but since the rest of the 2016 Hong Kong graduates have come on board, the experience has become just so different and amazing. Having a support system that you can always turn to and share your knowledge with is definitely a plus. To me it’s really like a mini-family!
What advice would you give to young people aspiring to work in a global technology company?
This is where I’d like to use one of Telstra’s five values: find your courage. Very often I find my friends, especially females, hesitate to apply for roles they want simply because they don’t have the relevant experience or their skills and experience don’t 100 per cent match the job description.
However, my advice is be bold and give it a go! For myself, I didn’t have any knowledge of the technology industry prior to joining Telstra and I believed that doing the best I possibly could would eventually help me pursue my career aspirations. If you have the desire to learn, the lack of a ‘perfect background’ is not a vast ocean to cross but merely shallow waters – you just have to wade through to get to where you want.
Are there any exciting projects you’re expecting to work on in the next few months?
I was involved in the planning of a marketing event which was held some time ago in Hong Kong. Now, I’m moving onto the next stage which is to follow up with the sales team on the potential sales leads generated from the event. Meeting potential customers and being closer to the ‘front line’ business is certainly a new and valuable experience that I very much look forward to.
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