My story on the Telstra Graduate Program in Asia
At university, I used to join various student groups so that I could tell others about becoming a student ambassador. As an ambassador, my main task was to promote the university to prospective students as well as mentor younger cohorts, which broadened my horizons as I was able to work with different team members who were from different backgrounds. It also helped me realise that I’d like to work in a dynamic and global company where I could do the same, and grow my skills professionally.
As an Indonesian, I first heard about Telstra through its joint venture with Telekom Indonesia. When reading through the news I learned that Telstra is a unique and global company with diverse people and a global vision. I coincidentally found that Telstra was recruiting for its very first international Graduate Program, so I applied and here I am!
I really appreciate the diversity of our people, the company culture and the international experience that comes with the program.
Another benefit is the Graduate Development Program, where you learn from professional coaches, network with many areas of the business, buddy with mentors and grow to become a future leader. I feel incredibly connected with Telstra as it values its people highly and that’s why I believe it’s a great company to start my career.
We also get to take part in a monthly graduate forum where we have the chance to engage with speakers from different areas of the business. Every forum has been an inspiring one, offering something new with speakers who have offered us valuable advice to help shape our career goals. It’s also an amazing opportunity for us to expand our professional networks too.
I started my first rotation in the Cloud Architecture team. I’m mainly working with the unified communications team, understanding Telstra’s global cloud collaboration products and developing and testing ways to enhance the customer experience. What I like most about the team is the corporation and support I receive, with people checking I have what I need to do my job.
I’m grateful for being able to work flexibility, so I can explore different aspects of my team and learn more. I get to attend various training courses and workshops to learn how to better sharpen my skills. My manager has also been encouraging and supportive, motivating me to perform better. I’m looking forward to applying the skills and experience I’m building on the Graduate Program to some amazing projects that can better shape the customer experience.