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Going from university to full-time work, three tips to help you thrive

by Jarrod Cardy

Senior Content and Social Specialist

After years of university lectures, tutorials and assignments, have you reached the stage in your life when you’re about to start your first full-time role?

If the answer is yes, how do you feel? Uneasy? Nervous? I can tell you from my experience that if you are feeling like this, you’re not alone. It’s a big milestone in your life and there are a lot of unknowns.  

So to help you ease into full-time work, I asked our graduates for their top tips on how they have successfully navigated the early stages of their careers. Here’s what they told me:
Embrace the change

David Santosh – Graduate, High Performance Software Engineering (HPSE) Data Science team

“The best advice I can give you is to genuinely embrace the inevitable changes the transition from university to work will bring to your lifestyle. Scary as it sounds, it will help you to learn more about yourself, especially what your priorities are, and help you establish a rock-solid foundation for how you will tackle this next chapter in your life.

“In terms of the work you’ll be doing, I recommend two things. Firstly become a sponge and soak up as much knowledge and learnings as you can, and secondly do not hesitate to voice your thoughts or ideas.
“From personal experience, it’s clear the amount of effort Telstra puts into welcoming new graduates. I say this confidently as I cannot recall a moment of uncertainty or discomfort as I went through the transition myself.

“Whether it is the numerous social events or the plethora of support given and made available, this company has done a fantastic job in helping graduates transition to the workforce.”
Don’t be shy about asking questions

Ashleigh Armstrong - Networks and IT Graduate, HPSE Data Science team

“For new graduates who are entering the workplace for the first time, I’d say you need to be open to doing tasks you’ve never done before.

“In my first rotation of the Telstra Graduate Program, I didn’t get to choose my team and I was a bit worried about the work I was going to be given, but everyone knew I was new to the workforce, so they were willing to help me.  

“Another thing I would suggest is to ask as many questions as possible. As a graduate, leaders are aware that you don’t know everything about the systems you’ll be working on, so don’t be afraid to get as much information as you possibly can out of them! They’re here to help you.”
Be ready to learn

Gareth Seddon – Software Engineer, Data Engineering team

“There are a couple of observations I made after moving from university to full-time work. Firstly a workplace like Telstra has so many technologies and concepts to understand and get your head around. And secondly, you need to work at a pace unlike anything you would’ve experienced at university.

“So my best advice would be to challenge yourself and get involved in as much as possible. This will broaden your horizons and enable you to master subjects and improve your skillset.

“To help you do this, one of the most useful things you can do is play the ‘grad card’. Most people who work in a company like Telstra are happy to have a chat with you about the work they are doing and their work experiences. This is a great way to learn from experts and to grow your career.”

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