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Graduate programme

Our Graduate Programme - which is in its eighth year - gives ambitious, competitive and open-minded graduates the chance to work in two different areas of our business over an 18 month period. It's a great opportunity for graduates to develop their existing skills and gain new ones.

Vodafone Ireland connects 2.3 million customers every day and is the single biggest investor in technology in the telecoms industry in Ireland. Along with ESB, we have promised to bring fibre broadband to every home and business in Ireland by 2018. 

Not only this, Vodafone has been voted one of the best places to work in Ireland, is an official sponsor of the Irish rugby team, and has a charity partnership with the ISPCC.

Vodafone is so much more than just a total communications company. It aims to connect everybody so we can live better today and build a better tomorrow.

There’s a role that suits everyone on the Vodafone Graduate Programme. Here are a few of the diverse projects and areas that our current graduates are working on:

  • Web Development
  • Sponsorship
  • Brand and Communications
  • Digital Design
  • Engineering
  • Charity Partnerships
  • Data analytics
  • Cloud and Hosting Services
  • Learning and Development 
  • Corporate Security
  • Cost Transformation Analysis
  • Supply Chain Management

Our technical stream offers three six month rotations across our technical business units. This allows you to get an insight into working cross functionally while broadening your skills.

Our commercial stream is designed so you get two nine month rotations where you will experience what it is like to work in two commercial areas across the business.

Work experience

Bring Your Teen to Work 

A unique one-day experience for secondary students building skills like coding and presenting while having fun.

They’ll find out about our links with ISPCC, the Irish rugby team, and what we’re doing with the Internet of Things including
virtual reality.  All in Dublin’s coolest workplace with its Wellness Centre, restaurants and a stunning vista of Dublin Bay. Further events planned in 2018.

Code Like a Girl

#CodeLikeAGirl seeks to inspire teenage girls to a technology career by teaching the basics of computer programming and building their own website, all in a fun environment.

The week-long course is taught by Vodafone employees in partnership with CodeFirst: Girls and helps build employability skills.

The first workshops were held in November 2017 with 20 girls from Cabinteely Community School, Dublin. More workshops across the country are planned in 2018. #CodeLikeAGirl is a part of a Vodafone Global partnership with CodeFirst: Girls in 26 teaching coding in 26 countries. It’s the biggest international coding programme and aims to encourage girls into STEM careers.

Watch our videos below to find out more about the life of our graduates who are working in commercial and technical roles.

What do I need to make an application?

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

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 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 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:

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.

Is this a 9 to 5 job?

No. Because our customers never sleep, you'll be asked to work the hours you need to for your role. In our retail stores you could be rostered to work on any day of the week and on shifts at any hour of the day to best support our customers.

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

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

If you experience any technical problems, contact us at

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