Graduate Program

Can you handle this much power?

Our Graduate Program exposes participants to real deliverables for the Tasmanian community. Throughout the Program, our graduates are offered unique opportunities to learn and excel in their day-to-day career, engage with exceptional leaders and team members, build a network of colleagues (and friends!) and work with industry leaders across the state. It's a challenging and rewarding learning experience that attracts quality graduates from Tasmania, Australia and the world.

We're one of Australia’s Top Graduate Employers for 2018. Over 2500 graduates were surveyed by the Australian Association of Graduate Employers to create the list. 

An independent survey by GradAustralia has shown our graduates have an average overall satisfaction rating of 4.3, which is higher than company wide ratings recorded on Seek (2.5) and Indeed (4.0).

Can you join the expansion?

Our Graduate Program is well known in the market place for producing outstanding graduates. For 2020 we're welcoming graduates in the core disciplines of Business, Engineering, Human Resources and Computer Science/Information Systems. 

Can you join in our vision?

Be inspired to join our exceptional Graduate Program. Share in our vision to be trusted by our customers to deliver today and create a better tomorrow.

Can you explore your potential?

Our graduates are working in our field sites, in our departments and in all aspects of our wide and varied business, being one of the largest employers in Tasmania. As a graduate, you'll be part of a development program that offers unparalleled opportunities to build a strong base in an inclusive and supporting culture to advance your career.

Can you stretch your capabilities?

If you're achievement oriented, enthusiastic about your development and committed, then our Graduate Program could be for you.

View our Graduate Program flyer here

Applications for our 2020 Graduate Program will open in early March 2019.

See details of our Summer Holiday Program.

What our graduates are saying

Gerard Hord, Bachelor of Business, University of Tasmania - Human Resources Graduate

What's your job about?

I work within People and Performance as a graduate. People and Performance is responsible for all HR-related matters within the business. I work with different specialists in a variety of areas including: administration, payroll, culture, leadership, change and performance management, but the main project I am working on is recruiting and selecting graduates for 2018. This involves organising and attending meetings, as well preparing for job fairs and resourcing days. It involves a lot of communication and teamwork, but it’s certainly interesting and worthwhile.

What's your background?

I was born the middle child into an awesome family and lived in western Sydney until I was 18. I finished year 12 and joined the army, where I was stationed in sunny Townsville for four years. I really enjoyed working with some interesting and dedicated people, and earned a Diploma in Remedial Massage. I then decided it was time to try university and moved to Tasmania. I worked as a crowd controller and a rock climbing instructor whilst I studied for three years. I applied for the graduate position with TasNetworks after completing a Summer Holiday Program in People and Performance. I have been happily with TasNetworks since early February 2017.

Could someone with a different background do your job?

I believe someone outside human resources major could do my job if they had strong communication skills, a willingness to learn quickly and the ability to adapt to a variety of working styles and personalities. While others may be able to do the role without the same level of study, I believe that the extra qualification made me highly competitive in the job market. Having a business degree and a good understanding about HR theory also made the transition from study to work a lot easier.

What's the coolest thing about your job?

I really enjoy working with all the different areas of the business. I have the opportunity to interact with a variety of people including engineers, field operators, strategy analysts and even the CEO.

What are the limitations of your job?

Some people may find the role quite challenging if they don’t like to spend a lot of time sitting down in meetings or at computers. But this can be managed well if you have an great wellbeing program like TasNetworks does. Walking meetings and stand-up desks are the way of the future.

Three pieces of advice for yourself when you were a student...

  • University requires effort more than it does brains
  • Four subjects a semester, 13 weeks of class, 52 topics in three months – count it down every week
  • Relax a bit, the journey is just as important as the destination

Thomas Webster, Business Arts Degree/Masters of Environment at University of Tasmania/Monash University - Graduate Strategy Analyst

What's your job about?

As a Graduate Strategy Analyst, my primary responsibility is to help prepare our key reporting documents including: our monthly performance report, annual report, corporate plan and strategic updates. These reports contain high-level detail on matters of business and strategic importance and help guide decision making among our leaders.

Once my reporting responsibilities are fulfilled, I have scope to pick up work from other projects. Interesting projects I've had exposure to include: demand-based tariff reform, ring-fencing and our 2019-2024 revenue reset. These projects are crucial for delivering on our strategic goals and adapting our business processes to meet the challenges of the rapidly evolving energy system.

What's your background?

I'm Tasmanian born and bred, with the first four years of my life spent on a small sheep farm on the northern tip of Bruny Island. In 1988, my father bought a property in the north-east of the state, situated 10 minutes outside the town of Bridport.

In 1993, after a family tragedy, we gave up the clean open spaces of the farm for the big smoke in Hobart. I spent my formative teenage years growing up on Hobart’s eastern shore playing sport, camping with my family and spending long hours at the beach.

After completing year 12 at Rosny College, I worked for two years and in 2005, I started a Business Science degree at University of Tasmania but ended up completing a Business Arts Degree in 2009 with majors in Public Policy, Environment Studies and Business Management.

In 2011, after working as a cheesemaker at King Island Dairy, I moved to Melbourne and completed a Masters in Environment and Sustainability. As part of this qualification, I completed a four-month internship with the Victorian Department of Transport working on the Victorian Electric Vehicle Trial as a project officer. My project objective was to examine measures that would promote effective electric vehicle uptake by fleets.

I moved back to Tasmania in 2013 and after two years working as Home Energy Assessor for Sustainable Living Tasmania, I returned to University of Tasmania to complete an honours research project. My project examined the effectiveness of community engagement in the Australian wind industry using a case study. 

Could someone with a different background do your job?

My position is quite different from the other graduate roles at TasNetworks. Many of the graduate engineering roles require a highly specialised technical understanding of the electricity supply network and related technologies. My role, in contrast, requires a broad generalist understanding of our business services and the wider social, political, legal, environmental and economic landscape TasNetworks operates in.

Given my role touches on every aspect of the business, I need to be able to communicate effectively with a diverse range of stakeholders and tailor my communication approach to suit my target audience. Additionally, a broad understanding of our business activities allows me to build bridges between siloed knowledge sets in the business, improving my understanding of how we work as business.

Bringing all stakeholders to the table is critical for developing, implementing and executing effective business strategy. I believe that someone with a different background could do my job given the right training and leadership however, given my broad background and skills it would be a difficult role to hit the ground running if you had a highly specialised degree.

What's the coolest thing about your job?

The model of electricity distribution supply and consumption is undergoing a profound transition. As consumers adopt disruptive technologies such as solar PV, battery storage and electric vehicles, TasNetworks will need to adapt the way it manages the network to accommodate changing consumer preferences.

I'm working at the coalface of this dynamic business environment. The decision made in the next 5-10 years will profoundly impact on TasNetworks business performance for the 20-50 years. The fact I can have an input into the strategic direction of the business as we head in to this exciting future makes my job both stimulating and challenging.

What are the limitations of your job?

As a graduate you are often at the mercy of others when it comes to the tasks you complete and when they must be completed. TasNetworks is an excellent organisation in that they encourage their people to deliver value yet it must be accepted there will often be tasks to be done that can be tedious and sometimes boring. It is my view that as a new starter this will frequently be the case, but if you work hard and have a go, you will gradually gain greater responsibility and autonomy.

Three pieces of advice for yourself when you were a student...

  • Don’t take undergraduate study too seriously. Party, meet people and just generally have a good time. These will be some of the fondest memories of your life
  • As much as possible, gain practical work experience while you study. University woefully underprepared me both as a job seeker and a young professional. Seek out internships and extracircular activities where possible. It's these experiences that'll put you ahead of the curve when it comes time to applying for a coveted graduate role
  • Build good relationships with your tutors and lecturers. These people have insights that you can use in both your academic study and as your start your career as a job-seeker/professional

What our scholarship recipients are saying

Robert Scott

Transend Networks Electrical Engineering Scholarship 2012-2013 and Aurora Energy Tasmania University Scholarship in Engineering 2014-2015

You’ve taken the challenge of completing a TasNetworks scholarship. Why did you apply?

My decision to apply for a scholarship resulted from my desire to become an electrical power engineer. I wanted the chance to learn more about the electricity industry from experienced engineers outside of uni, where I believed that such a scholarship may give me this opportunity.  

Have you had the opportunity to visit TasNetworks? If so, what have you experienced?

I have had a number of opportunities to visit and work for TasNetworks over the past four years. During each of the summers throughout my undergraduate degree I have been involved in the Summer Holiday Program. In this program I have had the opportunity to work in a broad range of business areas, providing me many opportunities to learn about the business and the industry. As a direct result of my work experience and scholarship, TasNetworks is also supporting me with an honours project in a research area of interest to their business. This project will be significantly enhanced as a result of mentoring from TasNetworks engineers through their advice and guidance, which I greatly appreciate.  

How do you think your TasNetworks scholarship will boost your career prospects?

Having undertaken a significant amount of work with TasNetworks resulting from my scholarship, I feel the skills and knowledge I have gained will significantly improve my career prospects once I graduate. By TasNetworks investing considerably into my learning and growth as an engineer, I have had an increased desire to continually strive for my best in my studies. The skills and knowledge I have gained during experiences at TasNetworks I feel have put me at an advantage when seeking jobs in the future.    

What advice would you give to future scholarship applicants?

I would recommend students should apply for this scholarship with the intent of trying to get involved with the company as much as possible. From my experience, TasNetworks is willing to invest in the growth of engineering students as much as students are willing to learn and to be part of the business.   

Joshua Paoli 

Australian Power Institute Bursary (four years)

You’ve taken the challenge of completing a TasNetworks scholarship. Why did you apply?

I began my engineering degree with little knowledge about the different electrical engineering specialisations. This scholarship presented the most comprehensive means by which to achieve a complete understanding of the industry, and so I applied for the opportunity to focus on specialising in power engineering, to experience the power industry, communicate with power engineers and further my understanding of the role of power engineering in society.

How do you think your TasNetworks scholarship will boost your career prospects?

The scholarship has provided me with the opportunity to work in more than one aspect of TasNetworks; an opportunity unique to scholarship holders. With a broader knowledge of the business' planning and operation, my career prospects have broadened due to having furthered my experience.

Have you had the opportunity to visit TasNetworks? If so, what have you experienced?

Yes, I have so far had the chance to work for six weeks in Network Planning. The most significant experiences I received working in this team were developing an appreciation for the distribution network in Tasmania (its size, operation and maintenance) and establishing a clear idea of power engineering in the context of long-term planning. 

What advice would you give to future scholarship applicants?

In Tasmania, students are not provided opportunity ahead of university to experience power engineering. Future scholarship applicants are likely unaware of the field altogether, or may have a misinformed understanding since they have been unable to familiarise themselves with the industry. My advice, as a result, is to ask questions. That way, they can develop an accurate representation of the power industry in preparation for applying for the scholarship.

 

 

 
 
Summer Holiday Program

Your journey begins here.

Are you ready to become part of something big? 

We aim to make our customers central in all we do. We need the very best people to help us achieve this. They are ambitious, proud and curious. 

As a holiday student you will be immersed in one of Tasmania’s most dynamic organisations. For 12 weeks you get paid to work on real projects, contribute as a team member and share your ideas to deliver real value to our customers. 

Can you handle the challenge?

  • Get your hands dirty and deliver
  • Be prepared to challenge yourself to be something more
  • Contribute to business excellence

We're ranked #6 (of 40) in Australia’s Top Intern Programs for 2018. 900 undergrads were surveyed by the Australian Association of Graduate Employers to create the list.

Applications for our 2019-20 Summer Holiday Program will open in early September 2019.

What our participants are saying

Fiona Williams 

You completed the challenge of being part of our Summer Holiday Program. Which areas of TasNetworks did you experience?

I completed my 12 weeks’ work experience in the Network Performance team. This team is responsible for ensuring system security now and into the next 12 months.

What did you enjoy best about your time with TasNetworks?

The amount I was able to learn from the projects I was given, and from the many people who were happy to share their knowledge and expertise was incredible. Having the opportunity to work on real projects and learn how to approach a project in a business environment was really great. Learning about how a business operates was very valuable. There wasn’t a big focus on this at uni, so it was really nice to be exposed to this. 

Which was your favourite area of work and why?

In Network Performance I was given the opportunity to work on many interesting projects, some of my favourites were: investigating the impact of incorporating a new technology into the grid, completing a connection study and investigating voltage levels at different businesses. Each of these projects enabled me to learn how to use different programs, gave me a greater appreciation for the complexities of power systems and enabled me to learn a vast amount. 

How did you join the program?

I saw the program advertised through a university notification and applied.

What advice would you give to future program applicants?

Take advantage of the wealth of knowledge and expertise you will be exposed to at TasNetworks; everyone is really happy to answer your questions and assist in your learning. When your team has a group discussion, get involved. These are a huge opportunity to learn not only about the different projects your team is working on, but also power systems as a whole.

Rhys Browning 

You completed the challenge of being part of our Summer Holiday Program. Which areas of TasNetworks did you experience?

I was placed within the Network Operations team for my 12 weeks’ placement. The majority of my time was spent in the outage assessment team. I was rotated through the various divisions of Network Operations and was involved in many different projects.

What did you enjoy best about your time with TasNetworks?

I was lucky enough to go out on numerous site visits with teams from across the business. I found these visits helpful in relating numbers on a computer screen to physical assets out in the field. It also helped me understand the exciting projects that go on at TasNetworks.

Which was your favourite area of work and why?

I enjoyed working with the outage assessment team on conducting network studies on specific outages. The main reason for this was being involved with specific outages and analysing work that would be carried out at a later date. It also gave me a better understanding of the process in maintaining the continuous operation of the network.

How did you join the program?

I joined the program by submitting my application while at uni. I am very interested in this industry and as I was unsuccessful in entering the Graduate Program at TasNetworks, I applied for the 12-week Summer Holiday Program.

What advice would you give to future program applicants?

If you are lucky enough to receive a position in this program, make the most of the 12 weeks. Take on every opportunity to gain a better understanding of the company and introduce yourself to new people to gain strong working relationships.