My name is Kayleigh Stevens, I have been working part-time at the retail store in Exeter for almost two years alongside studying for my degree.
When I first applied for the job at Vodafone it was more out of simple necessity for a job than anything else. But once I got the interview and started researching the company a little bit more I suddenly realised what a great opportunity it could be for me to work here.
I was welcomed into a friendly and buzzing team environment. It was an exciting time to join the company as the store was about to be renovated and essentially ‘upgraded’, it was reassuring to know I had joined a company that was still commercially growing and continually focused on ways to improve the brand and the retail experience for both employees and customers.
From day one I have worked with line managers whom have been passionate about developing my skills. My current line manager worked alongside me to collate a personal development plan which put into place SMART targets and goals which gave direction to the path that my career with Vodafone would take me. It was through working in retail, and the time taken by those supporting me in store to find out about my career aspirations that I came to find out about the Vodafone Graduate Programme - which I have since applied to.
I have found before that normally if you work part-time in a company your opportunity for progression can be limited. Of course, there have been certain roles and responsibilities that it has not been feasible for me to take on, but with Vodafone you are never forgotten about. In fact, my manager even created a role specifically for me; ‘Incentive champion’. This role encompassed all of the skills and values that I needed to develop for my Graduate applications. I was in complete control of how far I wanted to take this role and have been able to adapt it in any way that I think will benefit me more in creating a portfolio for myself and my career at Vodafone. I love having my own role because it means I can be as flexible as I need to be during exam times at Uni!
There’s so much more to being a Sales Adviser at Vodafone than you might think… I mean we don’t just sell phones, right? Last year I took the opportunity to lead a group of girls from my store to compete in Cancer Research’s Race For Life. Vodafone not only encourages you to do great things both on and off of the shop floor, they also financially support you. Not only were we paid our (extremely competitive) daily wage to go and take part, but Vodafone then matched the money we EACH raised.
Part-time Sales Adviser