18 months, 3 placements and 2 locations later: How our HR graduate Heather succeeded at Vodafone


I’m privileged to work every day with colleagues across our 26+ markets. In a company as big and complex as Vodafone you soon learn that a strong network will be invaluable to your success. 

by Heather Simons

 

My name is Heather and I am a second year HR graduate working for Vodafone Group. From supporting our Enterprise business to helping to drive our Fair Pay principles across our markets to working out how we can leverage automation for our HR function, I have had an incredible journey at Vodafone over the last 18 months. There are three things that I think sets Vodafone apart as an employer:


Explore what you’re passionate about

Vodafone gives you the opportunity to shape your own journey. From the offset I’ve not just been asked to go away and deliver, I’ve also been encouraged and given the chance to learn more about what I’m passionate about. I am fascinated by how technology will impact our workplace and, despite not having any skills in this area, I’ve been pushed and encouraged by my team to run with this. Now I’m right at the forefront of HR Operations’ push to automate, including looking at how we will introduce chatbots into HR Services. 


A diverse, incredible global network

Vodafone is a truly global company with local roots.. at Vodafone Group I’m privileged to work every day with colleagues across our 26+ markets. In a company as big and complex as Vodafone you soon learn that a strong network will be invaluable to your success. I have learnt so much from so many people by just taking the time to get a coffee and listen to their experiences. In addition, having had three placements across HR in 18 months, I’ve also gained invaluable friends, mentors, coaches and trusted colleagues who have helped me to thrive.


Opportunities to stretch and grow

If you prove yourself, a graduate at Vodafone can get some amazing experiences- from presenting to senior leaders, to driving and owning projects that make an impact to running an induction for new incoming graduates- it really is limitless. I’m currently creating a toolkit for Automation in HR that will help guide the business through the journey, right from process reengineering to BAU! I’ve got to work with some great people in HR, HR Operations and Technology and I’m really excited to see the toolkit in action once it is finished. I also worked on the first ever UK Gender Pay Gap analysis and presented the initial findings to our Global HR Director – this was a hugely stretching experience and one that I’m really proud to have been a part of.


Now it’s on to the next stage of my journey... I am now off-boarding into a permanent role and I’ll be returning to the Global Reward team where I’ll be responsible for helping to implement our new Reward System and managing the global Annual Reward Review process, Gender & Fair Pay as well as looking at the end to end Reward experience for employees. I can’t wait!

 

The future is exciting. Ready?

 

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