GradAustralia surveyed 9 graduates working at Vodafone. Read on to get an insider’s view on life as a graduate. 9 responses.
The support provided for Graduates and forming close bonds with the other graduates. Also the company perks are great as well!
Technology changes very often and I get a lot of exposure to these technologies very often. The changes I make to the network can affect a lot of customers therefore before any change is made a very detailed analysis has to be done to understand the impact of any change and how to best progress through such a change. The people I work with are very friendly, professional and highly knowledgeable in their respective fields, coming in as a graduate I had 1000's of questions and everyone I asked has the grace and patience of explaining various things to me with great detail. The support and encouragement I have received to empower myself is unlike anything I have had before and makes me feel very secure in my role.
Flexible working arrangements, casual dress code, lack of hierarchy, challenging and meaningful work on offer, great colleagues, awesome new building and state of the art technology.
Great range of working experiences, as a graduate get to experience the company with the added benefit of being provided with the support to help you learn and grow both personally and professionally
Support and learning is always available. Fun and vibrant culture.
I had to move from my home back in Melbourne, but this gave me an oppurtunity to make new friends and network with professionals in another state.
Lack of governance structure in certain areas
Learning and development program for Graduates, Large discrepancies between the funding of different departments, Not enough health and wellbeing initiatives.
There are no drawbacks that I can identify. Yes, sometimes my job role is challenging and I get thrown in the deep end but throughout all these experiences I've always had everyone behind me to help me along the way.
Inefficient processes - task responsibility changes hands before the resolution
To apply for a grad role, candidates fill out an online application, complete a numerical and verbal reasoning test, then attend an Assessment Centre and finally, are referenced checked.
Behavioural questions e.g. Why do you want to work for Vodafone? When have you been part of an effective team? and questions around creativity, making mistakes, etc...
Research the telecommunications industry and decide whether it's an industry that you're passionate about. VHA is a fast-paced and challenging work environment, consider what type of work environment that you want to work in as this is not always for everyone.
Training programmes are good at the start of the grad program. As more work piles up, it becomes difficult to manage at a later stage. Learnt a lot on how to present oneself when it comes to presenting information on powerpoint
Having only being with VHA for 2 years I haven't even considered moving UP, but what I have managed to do is move across into new roles. Moving across is highly encouraged as it gives exposure to new skills and technologies, this removes the "silo" affect of only being knowledgable in one field.