“The fantastic benefit about the Vodafone Graduate Scheme is its rotational structure, which means that you get to try out a variety of roles and environments while gaining a broader understanding of the business as a whole.”
My journey so far:
I’m currently half way through the Grad Programme, having just begun my yearlong placement in the Major Programmes team as a Project Delivery Manager. I spent my first placement in a retail store in my home town – Nottingham, and then worked as a Commercial Analyst at our Contact Centre in Stoke, before moving to HQ to work as a Communications Specialist for our biggest Enterprise Sales transformation project. This variety of experience afforded me a valuable insight in to the entirety of the UK estate – from gaining first hand customer experience on the frontline in retail, to understanding telesales and our relationship with outsource partners in Stoke. Both of the above set me in great stead for my role at HQ where I was able to practically apply all I had learnt and experienced in my previous roles. To prospective grads I’d really recommend keeping an open mind about location preferences – whilst it’s not always the most glamourous or practical option to have to up sticks and relocate, in the long run a relatively short period of time often proves invaluable to your long term success within the business.
Why Vodafone is different:
Although Vodafone is a large corporate, it manages to maintain that personal touch. A huge benefit for me is Vodafone’s approach to flexible working. Better Ways of Working means you’re not locked in to a standard 9-5 office job, which massively helps you balance personal and professional life. Being flexible to different working locations is therefore key to success here at Vodafone.
Another aspect about Vodafone which really motivates me is the company’s heart for charity and their Giving Something Back initiative. As part of this Vodafone grants its employees three paid days of charitable leave each year to give something back to their community or get involved with volunteering. During our first year we were tasked with a challenge called Store Wars, whereby we were split into teams and took over a Naomi House charity shop for the day in order to raise as much money as possible for a fantastic cause. Needless to say the day was great fun, and everyone loved getting in to the spirit of the day by complying with the compulsory fancy dress rule! My favourite event has to be when Guide Dogs for the Blind came to HQ for a fundraiser along with 8 puppies… need I say more?! In a few weeks I’ll be taking part in Vodafone’s Big Bold Challenge, in which I’ll be abseiling down Reading Stadium alongside over 800 other employees to raise money for a charity of our choice. Exciting but also slightly terrifying! On a serious note, it feels good to know that a company often renowned for being a corporate giant does a huge amount for good and charitable causes, and what with Vodafone’s generous match funding whereby the company matches whatever you raise up to the value of £350 per quarter, it’s easy to make a difference to a charity close to your heart.