“Hi, my name is Sam and I’m the Assistant Manager at the Vodafone Partner Store in Exeter. I’ve worked for Vodafone for the last 5 years. I am in a same sex relationship and have been happily with my partner for the last 13 years. We have 2 dogs Millie and Daisie (both show cocker spaniels) that are the most spoilt dogs in the UK, they eat better than me and my Partner do!
I started my career with Vodafone as a Sales Adviser in a newly opened store in Exmouth. I worked hard and kept hitting my KPI’s each month and was rewarded immensely with fantastic bonus opportunities and a full-time position. I was soon offered a six-month secondment role as a Tech Expert at the Newton Abbot store and then I joined the Exeter Store as a Business Adviser; this is one of the busiest stores in the South West. I am still based in Exeter to this day but I have managed to work my way up to Assistant Store Manager. I’ve found the journey really rewarding, especially seeing members of staff that join Vodafone and watching them grow with the aid of coaching and training from Managers. We all pull together as a family unit rather than work colleagues and it’s brilliant to be a part of.
Around 2 years ago I was offered the chance to become an LGBT+ Ambassador for Vodafone. This extra position has brought out the best in me, firstly as a person and secondly as a Manager. I work closely with our Divisional Manager Mark McKenzie and one of our Regional Managers Cathy Corr to promote what a diverse and inclusive company Vodafone is. I have attended Stonewall training programs and have helped deliver LGBT+ discover events at HQ for all our Graduates that come and work for Vodafone. Vodafone even became the main sponsor of Exeter Pride in 2019, which was a personal highlight for me.
I am extremely pleased and excited to be working for one of the most diverse and inclusive companies I have come across in my adult working life. The career opportunities I have been given so far are second to none!”