Three lessons I’ve learned during my 20 years at Telstra
I’ve been fortunate enough to have moved through several roles at Telstra over the past 20 years, where I now work as a Business Analyst in the Incentives team.
Some of my past roles included working as a consultant and team leader for inbound and outbound; as a sales development lead training centre staff; and some HR work.
When I first started, I didn’t think I’d still be here 20 years later. But a few factors have kept me here. Here’s what I’ve learned about being happy in my roles.
Take charge of your future
I’ve learned to take ownership of my career and use a professional attitude in every work situation. Thanks to these attributes, I’ve been able to work on interesting projects and trusted to deliver every time.
Never stop learning
I take advantage of training courses and other learning opportunities to enhance my knowledge. I’m strategic about what I want to learn so I choose lessons that suit me and my career ambitions. Then I consider where I can improve and I make an effort to apply and hone new skills.
I’ve been lucky enough through my career to not have had to look for new roles, as opportunities tend to find me. If I were to look, I’d aim for a role with plenty of progression that builds on my previous roles, but it has to stretch me in some new way.
I’ve chosen to remain with Telstra for as long as I have because I feel my own values are reflected in Telstra’s values.
Workplace flexibility also has a huge part to play, as it has helped me build my life as I want it - something I may not have found elsewhere.
Telstra is a great company to work for, and I’d strongly recommend people consider us when thinking about where they want their future career to take them. I’m sure they’ll learn some great skills too that can help them create a future that works for them.