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Brooke Jones

Network software specialist

Brooke Jones - networks software specialist

Brooke Jones has forged a successful engineering career while simultaneously following her passion for sport

As a grad network software specialist at Telstra, a typical day for Brooke involves working on cutting-edge technology, including robots, at Telstra’s 5G Innovation Centre on the Gold Coast.

“I work on multiple projects while also engaging with customers to showcase what Telstra’s emerging network technologies are,” she says.

She might be a networks ninja now, but Brooke initially had her heart set on sport and a career as a physiotherapist. She even dropped some STEM subjects at the start of Year 11.

“But within two weeks of not doing maths subjects I started to miss those classes and swapped into maths and physics,” she says. “Then, by the start of my final year of high school, I had decided I wanted to study engineering.”

After finishing school, Brooke managed to lock in both her passions, taking a gap year to work and save money before moving from Tasmania to Brisbane where she completed a Certificate III in Sport and Recreation.

“I still do athletics today and managed to keep training during university, which helped me to find a second family in Brisbane,” Brooke says.

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While completing her studies, Brooke did internships at Rio Tinto and Boeing. Both helped her land her current gig as a networks software specialist at Telstra.

“I’m always learning,” Brooke says. “I have the ability to gain experience from some of the best in the business, and since Telstra is a telecommunications leader, I’m often working on initiatives that haven’t been achieved before.”

Brooke has also been involved in the Girls in Tech event, a collaboration between Telstra and the Commonwealth Bank.

“It meant a lot to me to develop something that lit a spark in students. It’s really rewarding to be able to show the cool work women in technology do and excite others into taking the same path”

Brooke’s study and career path to becoming network software specialist

  • Certificate III in Sport and Recreation
  • Bachelor of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering (Honours), University of Queensland
  • Internship, Rio Tinto
  • Internship, Boeing
  • Graduate network software specialist, Telstra

This article was brought to you in partnership with Telstra and first appeared in Careers with STEM: Engineering 2023.

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