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Why Telstra is a great place to launch your career

by Liam Bone

Consumer and Small Business - Graduate

I completed my degree in Commerce majoring in Finance and Business Law at UNSW. I had a number of jobs in various industries while studying – so I already had some experience. But since I began working as a graduate at Telstra last year, I’ve been on a journey of continuous learning, development and growth.
 
I completed my first rotation in the Sales Performance team, and in my second and current rotation, I’ve been working in the Telstra Plus team, which is our loyalty rewards program. For my final rotation, I’ll be going into the Consumer and Small Business Strategy team, which I am very excited about.
How Telstra has supported me through the graduate experience 
It is no secret that beginning a new role in any field can be stressful and nerve-wracking. However, Telstra really made the transition smooth and eased the pressure by providing me with multiple avenues I can lean on for support. This includes:
 
  • A mentor who I meet up with once a month to discuss any thoughts and questions I have.
  • A buddy in the ho provides me with a lot of advice throughout my rotations.
  • A really supportive team that encourages me to ask questions and voice my opinion.  
Formal training and development is also a big focus for Telstra graduates. During my time here, I’ve had access to:
 
  • Training sessions run by Telstra executives covering different areas of the business, as well as a variety of meet and greets with them.
  • Formal training sessions like the opportunity to learn basic coding language and data analytics.
  • A scrum master course, where I learned about Agile working.  
My advice to other grads: Put yourself out there!
My advice to future graduates is to be confident and talk to heaps of people! From my experience, I’ve learnt it’s really important to make friends and build your network.
 
Telstra really encourages graduates to be social and get to know the other graduates during the onboarding period. This was helpful for me in creating a network of people who were in a similar position to me who I could turn to for support.
Never-ending learning opportunities 
I’ve had many opportunities to learn new skills and develop both personally and professionally at Telstra. I’ve been able to lead meaningful and impactful projects, as well as the chance to travel all around Australia and represent the team at roadshows.
 
Overall, I’m grateful to be working at an organisation that is so supportive and encouraging of my career growth. 
 
If you’re looking to begin your career at an organisation that offers ample opportunities to upskill and grow, head to the Telstra Graduate Program page.
 
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