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Women in Engineering: Katie's Career

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Technology

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6/23/2021

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Technical specialist Katie Pontin is now a six-year Vodafone veteran. “I’ve always had a passion for technology, but I didn’t have a clear idea of which career path to follow,” she says.“So I joined the technology graduate programme at Vodafone. They’re always at the forefront of innovation and technology. But from the outside, you’re not aware of all the individual roles available.”After spending time in retail, corporate security and operations, Katie soon found her calling in the networks team.“Working with new technologies, getting my hands on those at the forefront of innovation, and meeting customers’ demands, takes problem solving and creativity. It’s enjoyable to work through all that and reach the end goal,” she says.  Getting hands-on experience, even if you do something wrong, that’s the best way to learn. No question is a stupid question. I’ve been really lucky to have that support to try new things and not have a fear of failure  On International Women in Engineering Day, Katie’s advice to young girls and women considering a tech career is simple: “Don’t be afraid to get involved! The roles within engineering and technology are broad, so explore the options and don’t feel like you’re expected to know everything from day one.” Read more about Katie's story and pursue a career in technology today: Read More   Apply for Tech Roles

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For Women in Engineering day, Katie Pontin looks back at her career and offers her advice to women aspiring for a career in tech.

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Women in Engineering: Jasmine's Journey

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6/21/2021

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Why did you decide to join Vodafone?“I knew about Vodafone from the media, friends and family and after some research, realised Vodafone apprenticeships offer great support to newcomers like me.  I have already learnt a huge amount and it is obvious that there are lots of future opportunities. Vodafone has admirably made a statement to give attention to females in the workplace by setting a goal of supporting female talent.  The target is to be recognised as the world’s best employer for women and this is one of the reasons why I decided to join Vodafone.” What do you do day to day? “The UK is divided into regions of which I cover the South-South Central area.  This takes me to places such as Reading, Slough, Bracknell, Guildford and Oxford.  Depending on the requirement, I collect new communication equipment from a local storage area before attending customer premises, cell sites and datacentres. There is a Service Level Agreement in place which determines the time I must complete the task.  For example, a common task I perform is to install patching (fibre cabling) into racks in the Vodafone Bracknell datacentre.I have also been assisting on a recent project by installing kit called Nokia 7250. For the Redstream Evolution project which is Vodafone’s next generation Ethernet-based aggregation network to support mobile, broadband and enterprise customer traffic from our footprint in BT exchanges. The Field Services team are delivering a large part of it!" The Field Services team I am in gives me access to a great support team and a huge area of technical knowledge which I can tap into.  What support have you received throughout your apprenticeship?“When visiting a site, I attend with another engineer who acts as my mentor.  They have also been through the apprenticeship scheme so has an understanding of what difficulties I may face.  I can call on them for technical advice and they are keen to assist where possible. We have weekly team meetings in place that we all attend to get to know the other team members, share our knowledge, as well as listen to any updates that may affect us. My manager is also one of the people who heavily supports me with regular catch ups if I have any concerns and also to see how I am progressing/developing throughout my apprenticeship.” Inspired by Jasmine’s experience? Head over to our Apprenticeship page to learn more about our opportunities and to register your interest today. Register your interest   

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We caught up with Jasmine to learn more about the Technology apprenticeship that she is currently doing with Vodafone and the support she has received to shape her career.

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Women in Engineering: Niru's Experience

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6/21/2021

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“Hi, I’m Niru & I joined Vodafone Group as a Software Engineering Technology Graduate. I decided Vodafone would be the best place for me as the people I met during my interviewing process were genuine, supportive and kind. There is also the Vodafone Foundation which eased my decision in joining Vodafone as I knew I’d be working with a company that actively helps around the world. I wanted to do a graduate scheme as my academic background was technical, and I wanted to understand where I could use and develop technical and soft skills, while understanding the business aspects of a corporate company.   I have had a great experience since joining the graduate scheme! I’ve rotated 3 times, exploring different parts of the Vodafone Technology function. I worked on projects that involved working with a robot, learnt how to map APIs and experimented with new machine learning techniques. My highlight of the graduate scheme was running my own data science workshops both in person and virtually. The pandemic didn’t put too much strain on my learning or development with Vodafone, as they are digitally advanced in keeping productivity levels the same as working in the office and they took extra measures to make sure the graduates were not missing out on the graduate experience. I have now offboarded into a data scientist role within Group Business and I couldn't have done this without the amazing support from our HR teams, all the managers that mentored me, and all the colleagues I met that gave me advice on facilitating my career within Vodafone. I would highly recommend the graduate Tech scheme to anyone that’s willing to learn and grow in a healthy work environment and experiment with new ideas.”  If you are interested in starting out a career in technology, head over to our Early Careers page to learn more about our graduate programme and register your interest today. Register your Interest  

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As part of Women in Engineering day, we heard from Niru about her experience within Software engineering, as well as her time on our Technology graduate programme.

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Vodafone UK creating a digital future for all

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6/15/2021

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"My vision revolves around two things. One, offering the very best products and services to our customers. Two, building a future that is sustainable, inclusive and fair. They are inherently interlinked, and I think Vodafone is uniquely placed to make them a reality." Closing the digital divide "I also want us to use our technology to help build a digital future that’s better for everyone."  Digital inclusion – connecting the disconnected – is a core part of our purpose as a company. "Technology can enhance our lives in so many ways – just think how much we do online these days, particularly as a result of the pandemic lockdowns. But many people don’t have access to it. And even if they do, many don’t know how to make the most of it. We want to change that, because digital inclusion – connecting the disconnected – is a core part of our purpose as a company." Protecting our planet"We’ve already done a lot to reduce our carbon footprint using science-based targets.""But now we’re going further, faster. We’re pledging to eliminate all carbon emissions from our own activities by 2027 and those of our suppliers by 2030." "We’re building a digital future that’s sustainable, inclusive, and fair for all the communities we serve."#TogetherWeCan Join us on our mission to protect the planet and close the digital divide - Search for jobs today. Read More   Search for Jobs

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CEO of Vodafone UK, Ahmed Essam outlines his vision for creating a digital future that’s sustainable, inclusive and fair.

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Yassir's Vodafone journey so far

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Customer Service

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6/11/2021

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“My name is Yassir Hussain, I started my journey at Vodafone UK in November 2020 and my role has involved working remotely from home on the Telesales and Retention campaign. I love working for one of the leading mobile networks and have been supported incredibly during my time here by coaches and my managers. Vodafone is an incredibly open company with a fantastic work culture, which has allowed me to easily settle into my role and motivated me to really apply myself to ensure that I work to a really high standard. I have applied a driven, can-do attitude and in return, along with the support the company has offered, it has allowed me to achieve exceptional results and meet my targets. The role has rewarded me very well and the commission structure in place is really motivating. Throughout my time at Vodafone, I have consistently promoted the network to the highest levels allowing me to bring new customers into our family here at Vodafone UK.” Interested in a career supporting our customers? Join our Vodafone family today. Search for Contact Centre roles   

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Hear what Yassir enjoys about working at Vodafone and what he’s achieved since joining us remotely last year.

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Brooke's journey: Becoming a successful Team Leader

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6/11/2021

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“Hi, I’m Brooke, emphasis on the ‘oo’ as I’m your typical Stokie! Before joining Vodafone, I was a typical X-Factor introduction, juggling university and working in a supermarket. Fast-forward and I completed my degree, had a fantastic graduation and was ready for the next part of my life. Did I know what that was? Absolutely not. I had never worked in sales before, but I was always told I had the gift of the gab! I saw a job post for Vodafone and based on what my friends and family had told me, it sounded like a fantastic place to work. So, I chucked on my suit, went for an interview and left the Stoke site thinking “wow I want to work here.” They say it’s a blessing to feel everything so deeply, from the sweat on my palms from the moment recruitment welcomed me, to walking out of those revolving doors trying my best not to faceplant them. I felt alive. I knew I could push myself here and I knew it was everything I had wanted from a job. From working in a team, to competing in incentives, every day was a school day and I just continued to learn. Very quickly may I add. I was a Telesales Adviser for the best part of 12 months, but I knew from day one that I wanted more. In short, I joined the Academy as a Floorwalker which is what it says on the tin, you walk the floor and support new recruits. I quickly progressed to have my own team in a coaching role and at the same momentum, within 5 months I became the Academy Manager. This has been my biggest achievement at Vodafone, and even though my partner tells me I’m still bossy when I finish work, I stand by my initial gut feeling that Vodafone is the place for me. My team is growing at the same pace as my personal life. I recently climbed Snowdon, proposed to my partner and completed Aspire which is our management programme. I love giving people opportunities - from developing my team to hiring new recruits. This job is everything from rewarding to satisfying and it keeps me on my toes! Everything we do here is focused on people, because together we really can create a better future.” Inspired by Brooke's story? Check out our sales opportunities and start your journey with Vodafone today. Search our sales roles   

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Brooke's not only successfully climbed Snowdon, but climbed the Vodafone career ladder too. Hear about Brooke's journey to becoming a successful Team Leader here at Vodafone.

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Climbing the Professional Services Career Ladder: Chloe’s Journey

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5/28/2021

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Chloe Mulligan joined Vodafone as a Project Coordinator within Project & Programmes and quickly gained a wide range of experience while working on different programmes and managing bespoke and complex elements of delivery. Having already gained a Project Management degree and relevant experience within a previous telco, Chloe had big aspirations to progress along the Professional Services career path. With the guidance of a super mentor, and support from experienced colleagues, Chloe was able to learn, experience, gather feedback and improve in the role. Her drive for progression led to a promotion to Project Specialist, where she began to cement her key learnings and most recently, Chloe’s further promotion to Project Manager.Chloe’s approach has been to never sit still or become too comfortable, she always challenged herself to improve the customer experience, delivery process, or work on revenue opportunities. Here at Vodafone, we’re passionate about allowing our employees to continuously learn and develop and Chloe has taken full advantage of that and its inspiring to see.  Just get stuck in, be inquisitive and come to the table with solutions. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and challenge the status quo if you think things can be done differently. Put the customer experience at the centre of everything you do and you’ll already be halfway there! Chloe Mulligan Inspired by Chloe’s journey and want the opportunity to work at Vodafone? Join us! Search Jobs!

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Chloe Mulligan approach to never sit still or become too comfortable has meant she's climbed the career ladder at record speed.

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Vodafone leaders recognised on 2021 EMpower Ethnic Minority Role Model List!

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Diversity & Inclusion

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5/13/2021

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The Vodafone leaders were recognised by EMpower for helping to give diversity a higher profile within their organisation. For example, Kathy, also Chair of Vodafone’s Multicultural Inclusion Network, joined Anne to run a series of open ‘lunch-and-learn’ sessions in the wake of the tragic death of George Floyd. ‘Let’s talk about race’ aimed to give leaders a better understanding of the challenges that ethnic minority colleagues face today and how to overcome them. Vishal Dixit, who became the Network’s executive sponsor in 2019, is as passionate about addressing these inequalities. In the past year alone, membership has increased by 400%. Together, the group set about improving inclusivity across the organisation. Read More

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Kathy Quashie, Vishal Dixit and Anne Sheehan named on 2021 EMpower Ethnic Minority Role Model Lists!

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Vodafone & Indeed helping women find work in tech

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4/27/2021

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Last week, we partnered with Indeed to host a Facebook Live event uncovering the benefits and potential for women having a career in technology as well as the practical steps required to get started. If you missed it, don't worry! We recorded the session so you can catch-up in your own time.  Tech is the driving force behind many of today’s innovations. New markets and opportunities are constantly arising and tech can be considered a very portable career. Here at Vodafone, we've always built tech with people in mind. Our products and services impact the lives of millions around the world, and they've helped us become who we are today—a global technology communications leader. Vodafone is such a vibrant place to be. Not only do we get to work on exciting and challenging projects, we also have an amazing team and a supportive community that are helping us lead the way with our digital plans. Jane Lovett – Senior Manager, Automation & Analytics Want to be a part of our innovative journey and have the opportunity to work with the latest cutting-edge technology? Join Vodafone!     Search Tech Jobs

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Want to be a part of our innovative journey and have the opportunity to work with the latest cutting-edge technology? Join Vodafone!

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Vodafone’s global policy offers 16 weeks paid parental leave to all employees

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Diversity & Inclusion

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4/12/2021

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“Diversity and inclusion are core to our beliefs and purpose at Vodafone. We are proud to support all families by allowing every parent to have more time with their children, without worrying about the impact on their finances or careers”, Vodafone Group CEO Nick Read said. Which is music to the ears of individuals such as Chris Parkinson, a Senior Government Affairs Manager here at Vodafone UK. Chris is expecting his second child this summer and the new equal parental policy will leave he will be able to take more paternity leave. Chris shared, “The new policy will allow me to support my wife and both of our children for far longer. She will be able to re-start her business more quickly. And I will be able to bond with the new baby and continue to bond with our eldest. It will also allow me to take a more equal role in caring responsibilities when we first become new parents”. Join Vodafone today and have the opportunity to be part of something amazing #TogetherWeCan. To read the full article, click the button below. Search Jobs   Read Full Article

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Father and employee, Chris Parkinson, says Vodafone’s equal parenting policy makes him feel proud.

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Job seekers receive much-needed boost

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4/9/2021

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The £10 voice and data plan, normally worth £35, was first announced on 9 November 2020. It will be available via VOXI Pay As You Go to anyone who has lost their job as a result of the pandemic in the UK. The offer lasts until 31 September 2021. Existing customers who have already taken up the offer will have the deal extended automatically to 31 October 2021.Building on the enthusiastic reception the offer received in the UK, Vodafone is now looking to lend a helping hand to job seekers in its other markets, too. As well as discounts and promotions, this might mean ‘zero-rating’ access to job sites in countries without unlimited plans, for example, so that data usage isn’t an added worry when searching for a job.Job seekers can also learn new skills for free through e-learning platforms like Udemy, which boasts more than 600 courses on technology and professional skills. And they can also use Future Jobs Finder, a self-assessment tool which helps people explore a digital career path based on their skills and interests.Join Vodafone today and have the opportunity to be part of something amazing #TogetherWeCan. To read the full article, click the button below. Search Jobs   Read Full Article

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Vodafone extends cut-price voice and data plan for UK job seekers as part of a number of new support packages launching across Europe, Turkey, Egypt and South Africa.

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International Women's Day 2021at Vodafone UK

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Diversity & Inclusion

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3/9/2021

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To mark International Women’s Day this year, we want to shine a light on all the inspirational women at Vodafone and the amazing people who support them. This isn’t just about our high-flyers or the ‘usual’ faces: we want to uncover the people doing extraordinary things in their everyday life, the #ExtraordinaryInTheOrdinary. Want to know more about Life at Vodafone? Click the button below! Tell me more!   

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Celebrations of International Women's Day 2021at Vodafone UK. Shining a light on Vodafone's truly inspiration women. We #ChooseToChallenge.

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