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O2 adopts mobile first approach for graduate applications

Skills-based applications open 23rd November

O2 is scouting for the UK’s brightest talent with a passion for technology, and has put in place a mobile application process to encourage graduates to apply for its 2018 programme.

Applications open on 23rd November 2017 for the 2018 Graduate Programme, offering roles across 6 critical skill areas including Finance, Technology, Data & Analytics, Relationship & Vendor Management, Commercial Strategy and Digital. Last year 46 graduates gained a place on the programme, with O2 looking to repeat this success next year.

Graduates can apply to any one of these skill areas, with every programme lasting for two years apart from the finance programmes which lasts for three years. Most of the roles are located in O2’s Slough Headquarters, but places are also on offer in O2’s other offices in the UK.

This year candidates will be able to embrace the power of mobile when applying, as O2 is evolving its partnership with graduate recruitment app, Debut, to promote a mobile first approach to the application process.  Following a successful partnership with Debut last year, O2 will now become the first UK company to offer a fully mobile native application process. Applicants will be able to apply through the single touch of a button on their smartphone, sharply reducing application times whilst significantly increasing the user experience.

The application process will also give graduates an increased opportunity to showcase their natural digital skills, abilities and passions, with only the Finance programme requiring the submission of a degree classification (2:1 or higher in any subject) for application.

Ann Pickering, HR Director at O2 said: “As a mobile first business, we understand the power of mobile to level the playing field and offer universal access to job discovery. We also know the extent to which young people rely on mobile for every aspect of their lives, and so have made it even easier for graduates to apply this year through Debut. By simplifying the application process and not using CVs during selection, we are removing the red tape and giving candidates the best opportunity to demonstrate their enthusiasm and passion for our industry.”

Gemma Brown, part of the 2017 HR Graduate programme at O2, said: “The graduate scheme at O2 is a great stepping stone into the working world after leaving university. From day one I was given the support I needed, whilst also being provided with the opportunities to grow and develop at this early stage of my career. Now, two months in, I am taking on even more in my role, and I have already been empowered with the confidence to seek out new and exciting responsibilities.

My favourite thing about the business is its culture. Going in to a large organisation you expect a cold corporate culture, however the minute you walk through the doors at O2’s Head Office you can tell it is a great place to work and everyone makes you feel welcome and at ease.”

Applications for O2’s 2018 Graduate Programme are open from Thursday 23rd November 2017. To apply or find out more, visit: https://o2careers.co.uk/early-careers