My future is following my own path
As Executive Assistant to the Chief Talent Officer and the team, I provide high-level executive support around our talent strategy. I love being the glue that holds everything together for a group that covers executive recruitment, internal talent groups, internal moves – and more recently diversity and inclusion, and capability and leadership.
This is a broad role, so flexibility is very important. You have to be across everything that’s happening, from diary management, CEO reporting, organising travel to helping with talent assessment and executive recruitment initiatives.
Luckily, it’s a two-way street. When I was building my house I was able to work how I needed to, sometimes from home.
This is an environment where you need to be able to adapt fast, be open to change and enjoy getting up to speed with new technologies. I’m impressed that there’s been a lot of support and investment in my training and development. Whenever I’ve put my hand up for opportunities they’ve come to fruition.
Project management is a step from where I am and it’s where I want to be – to have that responsibility for my own piece of work. I’m doing project management courses to continue to build my skills so I can eventually move into that area.
I can see myself being able to move around to different areas and follow a challenging and interesting path. I never feel I’m stuck. I’ve got a manager who is really supportive and encourages me to use my knowledge to develop myself and my career. That’s the great thing about working for a global company like Telstra: at end of the day the possibilities are in your hands.