5 minutes with HR Graduate, Kaneesha

Hi, my name is Kaneesha Banker and I’m an HR Discover Graduate in the Group Resourcing team. I started as an Intern in 2018 within Group Diversity & Inclusion, before joining the graduate scheme as an HR graduate - I’ve loved every minute! 

 

Over the last year and a half, I’ve discovered new possibilities in each rotation and role. As we move onto achieving bigger things as a company, we’ve recently shifted to our new culture - the Spirit of Vodafone. The Spirit of Vodafone calls for us to place and live the four behaviours through all our work - earning customer loyalty, getting things done together, learning through experiments and creating the future. Vodafone has seen many changes to its purpose and culture but this one truly resonates. I am certain that this very culture will drive graduates, like myself, into 2020 with a positive impact on our teams, our organisation and our development. As Graduates, will aim to create the future with our pioneering spirits while working together with our colleagues and experimenting with new ways of delivering the best customer experience.

 

From a Resourcing point of view, future candidates will be Vodafone customers. During my final 8 months in the scheme, from January-September 2020, I will place these candidates at the heart of my goals - by consciously thinking of ways to improve each step within their application process: whether that is during the attracting, sourcing, assessing or onboarding stage. Given the limitless possibilities, I will look to introduce new concepts or tools supporting my goals and to also influence senior leaders and help in implementing the changes. 

 

On a personal front, I also aim to contribute to the purpose of Vodafone - 'to connect for a better future.' As we place sustainability at our core, as we aim to improve the lives of millions of women around the world and as we ensure that we are always championing inclusion in its entirety, I will look to drive this purpose forward by ensuring that I contribute towards it by playing an active part as well as leading on various initiatives.” 

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Meet Amy Stoner one of our Technology Discover Graduates

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“What I am looking forward to achieving in 2020? Answering this question is no easy task, especially knowing that my time on the graduate scheme is coming to an end. But my time on the graduate scheme and everything I have been able to achieve has set me up to have an amazing career in technology! I started on the Vodafone Technology Graduate Scheme in September 2018, and I felt super excited but nervous at the same time. There are so many different areas in technology I was intrigued to see where I would be able to make an impact. Since joining, I’ve had 3 rotations and been able to work in AI, Robotics and Machine Learning. Having the opportunity to change roles has been valuable and allowed me to prepare for new challenges and gain new skills, including things I never thought I would be able to do! My most recent accomplishment that started my 2020 off with a bang was building complex machine learning models using deep neural networks - which I am incredibly proud of! I wonder what will come next? For the rest of 2020, I will finish my final rotation in Data Analytics/Science, building more sophisticated models to help improve efficiency in my area and make an impact on my team. Soon, I’ll begin the process of off-boarding to a permanent role which I’m looking forward to. I know I’ll be able to find a position that utilises and builds on my current skill set, as well as offering the chance to achieve more great things. Being a graduate at Vodafone has been a gratifying experience, and I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds for me!” Want to learn more about our graduate and student programmes? Click below.  Learn More  

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Find out about her experience in technology and what she has in store for the year ahead.

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Introducing George – an inspiring Business Discover Graduate

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2/18/2020

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“We wake up every morning with a hunger for a better society, future and community. Not just for us, but for everyone. Our hunger is rooted in what other generations perceive as our downfall - we’ve got it all. However, we put this privilege to good use. When history tells us “can’t”, we ask “why not?” When confronted with past patterns of failure, we pick up the pen and draw new lines.   We are changing the way the world is seen. We have identified what doesn’t work. It is within our DNA to identify what does. To do that, we are inspired by the revolutionaries of the past. Today, our women: code; study STEM subjects, and play a pivotal role in the boardroom. Our men refuse to follow tradition and are driven by ideals of inclusivity and fairness. Together, we cure cancer whilst we sleep, champion diversity at every level, and create IoT solutions to prevent environmental catastrophe.   Things are moving and they’re moving fast. Whether it be: paid-charity leave; the Vodafone Foundation, or getting involved with our networks – at Vodafone, we are encouraged to grasp the reins.   I found out about Vodafone’s paid charity leave at my assessment centre. I remember having a conversation during the lunch-break with a bunch of other soon-to-be-grads on what we would do. We shared the causes we are passionate about, movements that make us proud, and fundraising ideas. That, to me, is who we are - a forward-thinking collective whose eyes light up at the idea of change.   We live in a world all too often plagued by crises, uncertainties and fake news. The cure? Generation Possible.” Want to learn more about our graduate and student programmes? Click below.  Learn More  

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George shares an insight into the brilliant projects graduates, like himself, get to be a part of here at Vodafone!

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International Day of Women and Girls in Science

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  Today we are recognising The International Day of Women and Girls in Science, because at present, only around 30% of all female students select Science, Technology Engineering or Maths related fields in higher education.    This day was established 5 years ago, and it recognizes the critical role women and girls play in science and technology.  With gender equality being a global priority to all, today was implemented by UNESCO and UN-Women with an aim to promote women and girls into science. At Vodafone, we’re working hard to make sure we’re supporting more women and girls into science and technology through a number of initiatives: Vodafone have publicly pledged to be the world’s employer for women by 2025 globally!In terms of recruitment, we aim for 50/50 gender split for candidate shortlistsProviding flexible working practices and our award winning ReConnect programme helps women who want to work in the Tech space a flexible way of re-entering the workplace. You can find out more about this programme here. And finally in the Future Talent space…Code Like A Girl – Teaching female students all the digital and coding skills they need for the workplace. In the past 3 years, 162 girls have completed the course.App in a Day Workshops – As part of the Digital Creators’ Challenge, we ran ‘App in a Day’ workshops where students learnt how to code their own app. In total, 131 females attended these workshops.Insight Days for local schools – An ongoing work experience initiative that shows children how exciting and innovative it is to work for a TechComms trailblazer, empowering female students to consider working in areas they haven’t before! For more information about the International Day of Women and Girls in Science please visit: https://www.un.org/en/events/women-and-girls-in-science-day/ Wondering how you can gain skills for the future while working at Vodafone? Click below.  Search Apprenticeships  

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Celebrating #WomenInStem

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Meet Dani – a passionate External Affairs Discover Graduate!

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2/3/2020

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“The climate crisis, political instability and ever-growing global inequality. These are few among the many challenges our generation – and those after us – are expected to tackle in our lifetime. That’s a big job – and a lot of pressure. In fact, it can sometimes feel like an impossible task. I wanted to solve all these problems at once, yet had no idea where to start. But Generation Possible makes me feel hopeful. To me, it means that I have the backing of a massive company, like Vodafone, to make change.   After graduating from a degree in Politics from the University of Cambridge in 2018, I was certain of a few things. I wanted to work for a trailblazing company that was a thought-leader in the industry. I wanted to work at the forefront of innovation with the latest cutting-edge emerging tech, AND I wanted to be as close to the action as possible where technology intersects with government and civil society.   So clearly, I wanted a lot. After a fair bit of research, it seemed as though I was aiming for an entry-level job which didn’t really exist for a fresh graduate. Most people working in this niche had decades of experience behind them – from multiple degrees, to time spent in international organisations such as the European Parliament, NATO and the United Nations.   But then I came across Vodafone’s External Affairs graduate scheme which ticked every single box for this impossible job I was after. With rotations in teams like Government Engagement, Public Policy and Vodafone Foundation, I am lucky enough to sit at the heart of the company. Helping drive our global strategy, dealing with market-moving information, and sat a five minute walk away from Vodafone Group’s CEO, Nick Read – I couldn’t be any closer to the action if I tried!   In External Affairs, I’m seen as part of the generation of innovators, digital disruptors and most importantly, change. Within my first few months in the company, I have been able to work alongside experts in their field on projects that have a direct impact in helping shape a digitally inclusive society. In my first rotation in Corporate Communications, I have supported the running of multiple global campaigns that have reached over one million people across the world.   Having worked on initiatives such as planet and sustainability, rural connectivity and gender equality, Vodafone has empowered me to feel as though anything and everything is possible if I want to be a driver of change. With the resources, tools and support from Vodafone to make things happen, the future really is exciting.” Want to learn more about our graduate and student programmes? Click below.  Learn More  

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Dani opens up about the tasks she faces within her role and how supporting on the Generation Possible campaign has made her feel more hopeful for future challenges her generation faces.

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