My future is welcoming new ideas to challenge our thinking
I’ve been a part of the International Enterprise Sales Team since I started at Telstra but my responsibilities have continued to grow in that time. I’ve moved from managing a region in Hong Kong and Taiwan to managing our key accounts in Hong Kong and Singapore.
One of the main things I enjoyed about my time at Telstra is the people. No matter where they’re based, it’s clear to me that the company really takes care of its people.
I quickly learned that you have to come in with an open mind and be ready to mingle with people. The more you know about the business and the people who work here, the easier it is to know who to talk to when you need to get something done.
I genuinely believe Telstra is a place that welcomes diversity of opinion and thought. Somewhere where that’s clearest to me is through our graduate program. When I joined the business four years ago, we didn’t have an international graduate program, but just recently I met new Hong Kong grads.
We welcome new opinions that challenge our thinking. We know that together we can achieve more than alone.
As a manager, I try to give them exposure to special projects. I’m always amazed at the breadth of knowledge they have. It’s good to see because we welcome those new opinions, to challenge our thinking so that, together, we can achieve something better than if we tried to do it alone.
I can’t wait to see what our grads do next, but they remind me of how far I’ve come in my own career at Telstra. I’ve been given many opportunities since I’ve started, but one of the main things I’ve learned is about asking for what you want.
I always wanted to do public speaking so a couple of years ago I was asked to run a conference session in Melbourne.
I had one hour to fill and asked for tips from professionals on how to make the most of it including timing, audience participation and visual aids.
I had a lot of fun when I ran the session, but because I volunteered to put myself out there and tried my hardest I was recognised by our senior leadership so I’ve been asked to speak at more events, which I love.
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