I applied for the Telstra Graduate Program because I wanted to be part of an organisation that would allow me to create and build innovative products and services, and I felt like Telstra would help me do this.
I had also worked in a Telstra retail store for many years, so I know how great the company is, and how well it supports its people.
Since starting in the Program last year, I have loved every experience. I haven’t felt like ‘just a grad’. Everyone has been welcoming, approachable and willing to give their time to teach and help me out.
What’s been really beneficial to my career is that I’ve been able to reach out to numerous leaders within the organisation and say “hey, I like the sound of your role, can you tell me about it over a coffee to see if it’s something I want to do?” There’s a lot of career opportunities available here.
What I’ve learnt so far
In my first rotation I worked with our Enterprise Sales and Service team and learnt what it takes to make a sale and deliver the best service possible to some of our largest customers.
I also played a part in developing a national strategy to drive sales, and worked with a wide variety of customers from different industries (both at Telstra offices and theirs) and got to see firsthand how they operate their business.
In my second rotation, I’ve had the benefit of working with our Internet of Things (IoT) M2M Connectivity team. I’ve been able to learn what we need to do to take something from ideation to a fully-fledged Telstra product that we can replicate and sell to our customers.
Across both of my rotations, I’ve been able to work with different areas of the business, grow my network and engage with people all over the world.
I think one of the best aspects of the Telstra Graduate Program is that I haven’t had that feeling of “why am I doing this?” But I have had the feeling of “why am I doing this?”
Another one of the great aspects of the Program is that I been given the freedom to explore where I want to go for my next rotation and have gained the skills and experiences I need to help shape my future career.
Advice I would give to graduates
Make sure you apply for the Program. Most people don’t realise just how big the organisation is and how it touches so many things in everybody’s daily lives.
There are so many great projects that people are working on here at Telstra, which will transform the way we live and work today and in the future.
I’d say that if you want to help shape the future, if you want to be a disrupter, if you want to get out there and do something real as part of your Graduate Program, then don’t look elsewhere, make sure you apply at Telstra.
So what’s next?
My final rotation will be in the IoT Devices and Technology team where I hope to learn about the different technology and devices Telstra offers and how we launch and support them.
My end goal is to take the knowledge and experiences I have gained from my three rotations, and help to create and launch new products.