“I couldn’t recommend the Discover Graduate Programme enough for taking your first steps in life after University.”
My journey so far:
When it came to my final year of University and the time to apply for graduate schemes, I was more than a little uncertain about which direction this next big decision would take me. I studied Biology at University, and knew from day 1 that I wanted to pursue a career in a large corporation, but doing what? When I discovered Vodafone’s rotational Discover HR Graduate Programme I was really inspired, because I knew there would be opportunities to try new roles and to test the water before committing to a full time role. As a millennial, I don’t think I’m alone in this! Vodafone helped me to decide where to take my career and provided brilliant advice and support along the way.
In my first role I was immersed in a fast paced London retail store where I undertook a project centred on improving the Learning and Support available to our Retail Advisors. I then undertook my first role at HQ working as an Environment Engagement Lead, where I led a team of Environment Ambassadors and held multiple internal campaigns to reduce the environmental impact of the company. This role was a perfect fit for me as it provided a really smooth transition from my Biology background into the world of Human Resources.
My second 5 month placement was in Organisational Development, where I worked simultaneously on Diversity and Inclusion and on our flexible working programme, Better Ways of Working. These programmes shape the working culture of Vodafone, and it was incredible to be a part of such high profile major change operations and to drive events like LGBT Pride Week.
I’m now in my second year of the Vodafone Discover HR Graduate Programme, working as Future Talent Resourcing Specialist; using my knowledge as a graduate to directly impact our Graduate and Apprentice recruitment strategy and its implementation. So keep an eye out, we may see each other at one of our careers fairs or assessment centres!
Why Vodafone is different:
Working at Vodafone is more than just a job. As grads we regularly work together as part of development projects, charity volunteering days and graduate committees. I’ve been a part of both the charity committee and the social committee – together we’ve planned some unforgettable events, including our own rendition of Take Me Out, carol singing, skydiving and our Great Gatsby summer ball! Being a part of a massive graduate community made the transition from University to work so easy, as you are always surrounded by friends going through the same new experiences. Aside from this there are so many employee networks that you can be a part of. Just a few include the Women’s Network, LGBT & Friends Network, the Disability Network and Digital Ninjas. There really is something for everybody.
The Learning and Development opportunities also make the Discover Graduate Programme stand out. You’re offered skills based learning, practical learning, challenges and countless opportunities to put everything you’re learning into practice along the way. I’ve worked here for just over a year and I already feel like I’ve grown and flourished in so many ways. I couldn’t recommend the Discover Graduate Programme enough for taking your first steps in life after University. In one word… fulfilling!