My Future is custom built
If you ever wanted to get a sense of how integrated Telstra is as a company, then my team is a great example. We look after pre-sales and solution architecture for the whole of Asia, working closely with our sales teams. Our job is to map customer requirements so the solutions we come up with meet their needs.
We’re attracting interest from customers looking for best-in-breed service providers like us.
What they see in Telstra is a company that gives its people freedom to think outside the box and get things done.
There’s guidance, but ownership and responsibility ultimately sit with the individual. I’m a big believer that people need space to develop their potential and that they’re bound to make a few mistakes along the way, but that’s all part of the learning experience.
I actually grew up outside of Asia, and that experience helps me translate Telstra’s international plans to colleagues in the region. It also helps us globalise our products and services here even faster. I like to think that I thrive in a changing environment and would love to bring a couple of landmark deals to fruition. The business has grown a lot in volume, but something like that would really help us make our mark. Locally, Telstra adopts a challenger mentality that focuses on disruption and shows customers we’re different in factors other than cost. That’s what can earn you real recognition.
In the future, a role in Australia could be on the horizon. A lot of talent moves from Australia overseas, but it’s always great to show people you can go the other way.