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Vodafone Graduate Programme

Here at Vodafone, we connect for a better future. We are a global Technology company that has a presence in over 26 countries. Become part of a company with purpose where you can grow your career and share our love of technology. Our Graduate programme is broken in to two streams; Commercial and Technology. The Future is Here. Ready?

Commercial Stream

In the commercial stream, you will experience two 9-month rotations in various departments from Consumer to HR, Commercial Operations to Finance and Business! Our ideal graduate is digitally focused with a curious mind-set and dedicated to building a better future for all.

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Technology Stream

This stream of the programme is for candidates who love all things digital! As a technology graduate, you will experience three 6-month rotations working in our Technology and Digital teams where you will work towards ambitious solutions that equip us to connect for a better future.

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Digital

We believe in a connected, Digital Society where data flows at speed connecting people, communities and things to the internet like never before so we can all connect for a better tomorrow. 

Planet

We believe that business performance should not come at the cost of the environment. We are positive and optimistic that together we can create a future where good business and doing good are the same thing.

Inclusion for All

We believe that the opportunities and promise of a better digital future should be accessible to the many, not the fortunate few. We are an equal opportunities employer where you can bring your full self to work.

Graduate application timeline

September

Graduate Programme applications open

November

Applications close & evaluation of video interviews begin 

January

Experience Day in Vodafone HQ

September 2020

The Graduate Programme begins!

Want to know more about the life of graduates in Vodafone?

A fun job with serious benefits

Here at Vodafone we want you to be able to bring your full self to work! That is why we are serious about benefits. When you join the Graduate Programme, you will enjoy a competitive salary and experience the Vodafone lifestyle! The benefits of being a Vodafone employee go beyond working for a global tech company and include our new Evolve platform which is a robust programme that takes care of everything you need from Mental Wellbeing to physical Fitness and everything in between!

Free gym

On-site salon

Birthday day off

Free phone bill

Flexible working hours

Exclusive discounts

3 additional charity days leave

Many more

What do I need to make an application for the Graduate Programme?

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?

Everyone who applies must be fully eligible to work in Ireland for 18 months or more from the start date of the role. If you have applied for a work permit, it must be in effect from the 1st September 2018.

Do you take extenuating circumstances into account on applications?

Yes. If you feel that you have extenuating circumstances contact us at graduate.recruitment@vodafone.com

I was educated outside Ireland - can I still apply?

Yes. Make sure you state your exact qualifications on your CV before you upload it. Also ensure that your qualifications are equivalent to a 2:1 in an undergraduate degree (in any subject) or a merit in a postgraduate qualification.

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?

When answering the first question you may wish to tell us about the reasons you chose the Graduate Programme at Vodafone. Think carefully about the information you provide.

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?

Yes. Just drop us a line at graduate.recruitment@vodafone.com and we’ll remove your application, but you’ll still be registered on our candidate database.

How soon after each stage will I hear if I've been successful?

Within a week. If we’re particularly busy it may be slightly longer, but we’ll always let you know in advance.

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: graduate.recruitment@vodafone.com

What should I wear to the Experience Day?

Smart casual is fine. We don’t expect you to come suited and booted.

Do I need to bring anything to the Experience Day?

Yes. Bring along your passport so we can take a copy. If you’re not an Irish national, bring along evidence that you have a valid work permit or visa.

What will happen on the Experience Day?

The Experience Day will involve a group exercise, a face-to-face interview and lots more. You'll get the opportunity to meet lots of our people, both senior level and current graduates. You'll get a chance to have a look around and find out what it's really like to work at Vodafone and we'll give you an insight into what you'll be doing if you join us.

If I attend the Experience Day when will I hear if I have been successful?

We’ll let you know as soon as we can, usually within a week but this may be longer depending on the volume of applicants.

Can I re-apply if I am unsuccessful?

We ask that you don’t re-apply within the same recruitment season (i.e. for jobs starting in September next year), but you are more than welcome to apply for the next Graduate Programme when we open for applications.

What will happen if I am offered a place?

Where will I be working if I am successful?

You will be working in our head office in Leopardstown, Dublin for your project work.

Will you want employment references if I get a place?

Yes. You'll go through a number of verification tests, covering current and previous employment, education, residency and relevant professional qualifications. If the results of these don't add up with what you've told us, we'll have to take back our offer.

Can I apply for other jobs in Vodafone when I am on the Graduate Programme?

The graduate programme is for 18 months. You will be eligible to apply for full time roles in the organisation when you are on the programme but you will not commence those roles until March 2020.

Who can I contact about the Graduate Programme?

What if I need to chat to someone about a question I have?

If you have a concern which has not been covered on the site or in these FAQs, and you’d prefer to chat to us, then email graduate.recruitment@vodafone.com

Who do I contact if I have a technical problem when applying?

If you experience any technical problems, contact us at graduate.recruitment@vodafone.com

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