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Discover the Graduate Programme at Vodafone

Kick start your career with Vodafone

Vodafone is a place where you can bring your whole self to work as you kick start your career.  Vodafone has opportunities for people who are taking their first steps into the working world.  Whether it’s giving children in refugee camps the opportunity to continue their education using our instant classroom technology, or putting 4G on the moon, it promises to connect everybody to live a better today and build a better tomorrow. The future is exciting and Vodafone wants to be with you on your journey. 

Discover graduate programmes

Join Vodafone on its two year Discover graduate programme where you will have the opportunity to make a real impact and work on some of its most exciting projects.

Vodafone is looking for innovation leaders, those who embrace new technologies and are continuously learning. Whilst you will work within an area of expertise, there will be opportunities for cross functional experience and lots of learning and personal development.

Following Discover, you will have the opportunity to apply for an international program taking you outside of your comfort zone to build your expertise and leadership capability.

What’s in it for you?

  • Investment in your personal development
  • Working for an industry leading company that spans across different countries around the world
  • Having business exposure and accountability from day one
  • Being part of a global community of graduates
  • Work to deliver world-leading technology to empower both Enterprise and Consumer customers around the world to be confidently and securely connected

What to expect

You’ll work a global company that’s beating the game changers in the industry, and beyond. You’ll be able to rotate in your chosen area of specialism and Vodafone will fully support you to develop and achieve your goals. Not to mention, you’ll be part of a global community of graduates on a mission to build an exciting future. You can also expect:

  • Cross-functional rotations
  • Placement in your area of specialism
  • Training & personal development
  • Support to fulfil your potential and career goals
  • Real time feedback
  • Guidance by a Buddy
  • Involvement and sponsorship of top management
  • Build expertise in your chosen area such as Technology, Marketing, Finance, HR, Sales, etc

What Vodafone is looking for

You have a passion for technology and care about the way people experience and interact with it. You’re analytical and adaptable, and always seek to be the best version of yourself, learning something new every day. You want to make a mark and influence where the business is heading in the future. Other requirements are:

  • Demonstrated creativity and adaptability
  • Passion for customer’s and commercial savviness
  • Graduated (within one year) with a Master Degree or on track to receive one in 2018
  • A good academic performance
  • Critical thinking, initiative and analytical skills
  • Proficient in English

A program to suit everyone

Vodafone's graduate program is split into six separate streams: Digital, Business, Techology, Commercial, Finance and HR.

Digital

Vodafone's digital teams are passionate, talented and ambitious, and always go above and beyond to satisfy our customers. They work in a fast-paced environment where you’ll always be pushed to reach new heights and deliver leading digital solutions for Vodafone's powerful brand.

Areas you could be working in: Digital Marketing, CVM, Big Data, Customer Experience, Product Management, Web Development, UX/UI Design

Business

The business stream will see you working in Vodafone's Enterprise business area which is its B2B organisation. Vodafone's Enterprise (B2B) teams help businesses around the globe succeed in the digital world. They give small to global businesses the edge through our total communication solutions connecting them to their people, places and things and helping them be more flexible, mobile and collaborative. 

Areas you could be working in: customer operations supporting our global business customers, selling world class communication solutions in our lines of business or working in our enabling functions.

Technology

You will be at the centre of Vodafone’s technology strategy & implementation. This will cover a wide range from technology designs to deliver Networks and IT through to Security, Big Data and beyond! All this is to ensure Vodafone distributes world-leading technology. You’ll get to unleash your ideas and apply them to real business projects that you can own from day one.

Areas you could be working in: Technology Strategy & Architecture, Cloud & Hosting, Internet of Things, Security or Network Operations & Delivery, Big Data & Analytics.

Commercial

Vodafone's Commercial teams ensures the company has an integrated approach to consumer, business development and customer experience, and commercial performance improvement. Vodafone's Commerical teams are ready to shape the future of Vodafone, and you could be part of providing correct frameworks and governance to ensure Vodafone is commercially the best in the world.

Areas you could be working in: Commercial Management, Business Development, Customer Experience.

Finance

At Vodafone, Finance teams are central to decision making throughout the business, whether that’s for its  customers or employees. Finance isn’t just about the numbers anymore; it’s about applying them with a commercial focus. You will use your analytical skills where you will provide world class finance support to senior management and key stakeholders, contributing financial expertise to commercial decisions and value oriented support to Vodafone.

Areas you could be working in: Commercial Finance, Business Intelligence, Mergers & Acquisitions, Treasury, Investor Relations, Regional Finance or Finance Operations; just to name a few. 

HR

Vodafone doesn't just produce innovative products, it develops amazing people too. Vodafone is a brand that loves change - if it's not happening naturally then Vodafone is creating it itself. It's in its DNA to excel, to create a better future, to never rest and find new ways that help people communicate. Vodafone is committed to helping its people perform at their best and achieve their full potential. Vodafone's HR functions enable the organisation to maximise the contribution of people to the delivery of Vodafone's goals. 

Areas you could be working in: Learning and Development, Talent Management, Diversity and Inclusion, Change Management, Reward, Resourcing, Employer Brand or Employee Relations.

External Affairs

Vodafone helps to shape the future of the organisation and build its reputation, while using technology and connectivity to improve people’s lives. External Affairs contains five critical elements that ensure the success of its business.

Areas you could be working in: Policy Development, Government and Policy Engagement, External Communications, Corporate Security, Vodafone Foundation & Sustainability

Meet Chris - Vodafone's Technology Discover Graduate

"When I applied to Vodafone just over 2 years ago, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Truthfully, I wasn’t expecting to get too far in the application process – studying Geology, my background wasn’t exactly telecoms! What I do have though is a true love for technology. Through the Discover Graduate programme in the Technology stream I’ve had a unique opportunity to turn my passion into skills and experience, as well as the start of an exciting career path. I’ve had the opportunity to get involved in all aspects of IT, from planning, design and through to operations. The three roles that I’ve done have all challenged me in different ways, and being able to try different roles means I can start each one fresh with the learnings from before."

"What has surprised me the most about working here though is the opportunities you have to make an impact outside of your role. People are generally very open minded to being approached by a graduate if you’ve got a unique idea and a plan to make things happen. I’ve had the chance to make an impact on how new staff are on boarding into the company, I’ve been able to reverse mentor the senior leadership team on digital tools, help foster Vodafone’s innovation community and even launch a new media project internally – a technology podcast. This is of course as well as my day job!"

"What I’m most proud of though is Vodafone’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. I’ve been out as gay in my previous jobs, incidentally, but at Vodafone it’ been different. We’ve got a vibrant LGBT+ community that’s growing fast and it’s full of people who are so driven to making the workplace an even better place. This has afforded me unique opportunities to receive leadership training, and sit on the LGBT+ steerco.

"By being part of a global company with a huge reach, you really feel like you’re making an impact on customers in the real world. What makes working here even better for me is that with a bit of extra work and passion you can really make a difference in the company as well as the customers."

Meet Alex - Vodafone's HR Discover Graduate

"As a student at University, the thought of applying for jobs which will shape your future is more than a little daunting! Spending your life in education makes it difficult for you to know exactly what it is that you want to do – and I think that is a feeling that all graduates share. How did I choose my stream? Well, I applied for the HR Discover Graduate Programme because I studied Business Management at University and I always had an interest in my more people focused modules. I would say that is where my interest in HR sparked from."

"When I was looking for graduate schemes the rotational element around various areas of HR appealed to me the most. The opportunity for me to gain experience in different roles within my chosen field of interest would allow me ‘try before I buy’ so to speak! My experience at Vodafone so far has meant I have got the support I need to really aid me in deciding what I want to do in future. The fact that there is always someone to answer your questions or be willing to share their career story with you, is really beneficial when first starting out in the working world."

"The opportunities that I have got have been fantastic. When Vodafone say that you get responsibility from day one, they really aren’t exaggerating! I have had the opportunity to be involved in multiple projects such as the intern programme, social channels, youth events, attraction and even this very careers website! I have even had the chance to go to Budapest to meet our Shared Services Team. For me, it never was and never will be just about the job. It is about the working environment, graduate community, learning and development opportunities, and the culture of the company I am working in. Vodafone hasn’t let me down on any of these aspects and have excelled all of my expectations. I am certain that the decision I made to apply for the HR Discover Graduate Scheme was the right one; I am really looking forward to the rest of my journey on the graduate scheme and with Vodafone."

Application process

Stage One - Apply: Find the Discover Graduate Programme that suits you and express your interest by applying online! Simply submit some basic details and upload your CV.

Stage Two - Testing: Once Vodafone has your application they will verify that you meet the basic criteria and you will then be invited to carry out  some testing. You will be asked to complete an abstract reasoning test and a situational judgement test that will help Vodafone determine if you have the right capabilities to be successful at Vodafone.

Stage Three - Video Interview: Once you pass the testing stage, Vodafone want to know more about you. Vodafone's video interview is there to help them find out about your motivation and passion for  your chosen career, while assessing some key Vodafone competencies. It is not designed to trip you up, so take the opportunity to try out the practice questions before you do the real thing. 

Stage Four - Assessment Day: Vodafone will invite you to a Discover Graduate Assessment Day where you will get to learn more about Vodafone, meet your potential peers and team members and have a chance to showcase your skills. The Assessment Day will consist of a Group Exercise, Presentation and Interview.

Sound like something you'd be interested in? Apply today!

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