As a commercial graduate you will have the opportunity to experience two rotations working in two different areas of the business. You will lead and contribute to a variety of projects, both internally and externally focused, in our Consumer, Enterprise, Commercial Operations, Strategy, HR, or Finance Departments.
A commercial graduate at Vodafone is creative and adaptive, with a passion to provide the best products and services to our customers. They strive to continuously innovate, apply their digital capabilities, and ambitiously work towards a better tomorrow for our customers.
As a technology graduate you will experience three rotations working in our Technology and Digital teams. During your 18 months, you will work towards ambitious solutions and develop new capabilities, that equip us to provide the best mobile and fixed network in Ireland for our customers. You will work cross functionally to deliver world-leading technology to empower customers, and bring us closer in creating Irelands Gigabit society.
Our technology graduates are digital experts, and strive to develop their technical skills and knowledge. They are striving to become future leaders in technology, champion agile ways of working, and will be drivers in Vodafone’s ambitions to be at the forefront of technological advancement.
“I am currently working in the Enterprise department, on products Vodafone creates for their business customers. I love being able to contribute to the tangible impact Vodafone has to offer to other organisations, and having the opportunity to build relationships with some of the biggest companies in the country.
Career progression, and variation within a role, were so important to me when applying for graduate programmes. The breadth of experience I'm gaining and the level of trust and ownership provided to young talent, makes Vodafone stand out for me.”
“When I was in my final year and applying for graduate programmes, global scale and travel opportunities were a must. As part of my first rotation in Finance, I had the chance to travel to our UK Head Offices, and work with their team on my project so that we could successfully apply it across international markets.
Vodafone’s global reach has also given me the chance to take part in a marathon in Lisbon, as a representative for Vodafone Ireland. Employee well-being and health is a top priority in Vodafone, and very important to me. Our onsite gym and wellness room helps me take a break from the fast paced work I do, unwind, and refocus.”
“Having studied Nanoscience in Trinity College, it was great coming to into Vodafone’s Technology department. Working on the agile transformation within Vodafone has been a great experience, ensuring teams adopt an agile mind-set to help build our agile culture and our ways of working.
I love the opportunities Vodafone gives to graduates by encouraging us to get involved in exciting initiatives which aim to encourage young people to engage in STEM. Initiatives like Coderdojo, Code Like a Girl, smartphone classes, and Childline fundraisers have been great to work on.”
“As a graduate of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, I was thrilled to begin my role on the Network Quality team in Vodafone Technology, where I was provided the opportunity to improve the Customer Experience Excellence with data driven decisions and network analytics.
I really enjoy the fast pace in the Networks department, and having the opportunity to work closely with technology experts. I have learned so much from the collaborating with people across the business, and our hot-desking way of working means that you get to meet new people at different levels all the time.”
What does the application process involve?
When you apply for the Vodafone Graduate Programme you will be asked to fill out an application form. This allows us to get to know you and your background of experience. Here you will be asked to attach your CV.
Next step is psychometric testing. This allows us to see if you are the right match for the Vodafone culture.
Successful candidates will then be asked to take a video interview.Last round is the assessment centre where you will be invited to our head office for an experience day that includes an interview and team work exercises.
Do I need a work permit to apply for the Vodafone Graduate Programme?
I was educated outside Ireland - can I still apply?
Any tips for when I am making an application?
Applications are made via a standard electronic application form. This needs to be completed as thoroughly as possible.
You will be asked to provide initial information such as your personal details and education, and there will also be some further questions which are necessary to complete in as much detail as possible. These are designed to capture information about your motivation to join our Graduate Programme and to understand your competence in some of the areas we feel are important for all our employees to possess.
There is no time limit for you to complete these questions but it should take approximately 10 - 15 minutes per question. The answers should be no more than 500 words long. Please be as concise as possible and make sure all key points are captured.
How do I answer the motivation questions?
How do I answer the competency-based questions?
You can draw on your work experience, extra-curricular activities and student life when you are answering the competency-based questions. Please try to use examples from your most recent roles or situations. This will make it easier for you to recall some of the details.
Please be very specific about your contribution as an individual when you are giving an example.
Your responses should be structured in a particular way. We would like you to outline each situation by breaking it down into the following parts:
- Situation (what was the context)
- Task (what tasks or components were involved in the situation)
- Actions (what did you actually do, how did you do it, what was your thought process)
- Result (what was the outcome in that situation)
How does the application process work?
Can I withdraw my application if I change my mind?
How soon after each stage will I hear if I've been successful?
What is the online challenge?
If you're successful in step 1, you'll be invited to complete an online test to show us how good you are at making sense of data. The aptitude tests will look at your numerical, verbal and logical skills.
You might find it helpful to do some practice tests at www.shl.com so that you feel really confident at this stage.
After that, we’ll ask you to complete some short simulations to see how you would respond to the type of situations you may encounter working at Vodafone. This is an inductive reasoning test that is designed to test how candidates think - both short term, long term and strategically.
What will the online interview involve?
You will have a 15 - 20 minute video interview. It would be really beneficial to think about why Vodafone is the right place for you - we think it's great here but we want to know why you want to join us.
It’s useful to structure your answers using the STAR technique (Situation, Task, Action, Result). So we are looking for you to explain a little bit about the situation you were in, the task you were trying to complete, the action you personally took to get to a resolution, and the result of your efforts. This helps us to really understand the example you're referring to.
If you are successful at the video interview, we will let you know within a week.
If you have any difficulty contact: firstname.lastname@example.org