want to break the routine?

Telefónica Onlife Graduate Programme

12 action-packed months to engage your brain and your entuhsiasm to help reshape our digital future. Combine your own business idea with your first job and unleash your entrepreneurial spirit

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Telefónica Onlife Graduate Programme

12 action-packed months to engage your brain and your enthusiasm to help reshape our digital future. Combine your own business idea with your first job and unleash your entrepreneurial spirit.

disrupt or/and explode

Telefónica Onlife Graduate Programme

12 action-packed months to engage your brain and your enthusiasm to help reshape our digital future. Combine your own business idea with your first job and unleash your entrepreneurial spirit.

digital rockstar or/and business head

Telefónica Onlife Graduate Programme

12 action-packed months to engage your brain and your enthusiasm to help reshape our digital future. Combine your own business idea with your first job and unleash your entrepreneurial spirit.

start a business or/and start a career

Telefónica Onlife Graduate Programme

12 action-packed months to engage your brain and your enthusiasm to help reshape our digital future. Combine your own business idea with your first job and unleash your entrepreneurial spirit.

With our Onlife Graduate Programme, we are looking for people who can become our next digital rockstars.
Dr. Nanne von Hahn, Director Talent, Development & HR Strategy

Dr. Nanne von Hahn

Director Talent,
Development & HR Strategy

"For me, Onlife Telco means empowering our customers so that they are free to choose ways in which they can improve and take control of their digital lives. I believe we need digital natives to inspire us throughout this transformation so that we can best meet customer needs and the demands of today’s digital world. As well, innovation, lean processes and new ways of thinking are of great importance to me. That’s why we need talented people who will encourage others to try new things.
 
As part of the Onlife Graduate Programme, you will have the chance to work on your own start-up idea within flexible teams while also experiencing the agile, digital world of a dynamic global company like Telefónica. We can promise you 12 very exciting months in a fast-paced and inspiring environment!

We invite you to come on board and take the challenge!”

Welcome to the Onlife Graduate Programme from Telefónica

A unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in transforming the digital world.

Telefónica as a Company

more info

We are Telefónica, one of the world's leading telecommunications providers and part of the Spanish telecommunications company Telefónica S.A. headquartered in Madrid, Spain. In Germany, you know us best through our brand o2 . With a total of 130,000 motivated employees in 21 countries around the globe, we aim to transform the digital world of tomorrow. We want to simplify life and the working environment with digital products and solutions as well as sustainable design – because we can all achieve more with technology. Join us on our way to becoming an Onlife Telco. Help us reshape the digital world .

We are looking for graduates with a passion for business and all digital things. You will be working closely together in tightknit teams to develop an idea that has the potential to be a real business, so you will need to be a person who thrieves with challenges and enjoys collaboration.

It will be a fast-paced and exciting environment and you'll be given a chance to make a real difference.

What it takes

Our ideal candidate combines the best of two worlds.
Being a technical genius is a bonus, but we prefer a hybrid skill set.

Your Profile

  • A go-getter with an outstanding university degree in IT, mathematics, statistics, computer science, business, law, business engineering, or comparable
  • Strategic and analytical as well as entrepreneurial thinking
  • A high level of tech literacy but also curiosity and enthusiasm
  • Intellect as well as raw talent
  • Agile and enabling but also a problem-solver and bridge-builder
  • Social and collaborative as well as competitive
  • Fluent in English, Spanish a plus

Business units you will work in

  • Strategy & Innovation
  • Business Intelligence
  • B2C
  • B2B
  • Wholesale/Partner Management
  • IT
  • General Counsel
  • Simplification

Job Description

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We did it

Onlife Graduates Class of 2015

Fabia Schlagermann

Fabia Schlagermann

HR Consultant B2B

“I found the Telefónica Graduate Programme to be very different from the usual trainee programmes offered in other companies. The combination of working on a start-up project as well as in a line unit (HR) provided me with great insights into the working world. I was also able to network both within the graduate programme as well as the company and this has proven extremely valuable. The programme offers an ideal platform for developing and bringing to life a start-up idea. It’s a unique opportunity for contributing your own ideas and experiencing them within a start-up context. With such a broad range of topics, it’s a great chance to learn all about the telco industry as well as current trends. You’re also allowed to make independent decisions and given a great degree of responsibility. Last but by no means least, you have the best colleagues that you could possibly imagine!”
Alexander Lange

Alexander Lange

Business Development Manager

“Telefónica has proven to be an extremely inspirational employer. Every day, I am able to work with the newest technology developments that affect every one of us. As smartphones have increasingly become the centre of our lives, it’s exciting to be able to work on the content that shapes them. As well, I’ve been given a level of responsibility that has vastly exceeded my expectations. The start-up programme was the perfect start to my career at Telefónica. Very early on, I gained an impressive network that is now very valuable in my daily work life. On top of that, I’ve learned a lot about having an entrepreneurial start-up mentality and I’ve been encouraged to challenge the status quo.”
Diana Oehler

Diana Oehler

Program Manager B2B

“The Graduate Programme was a fantastic opportunity for me. I gained a vast amount of experience and expertise in my Telefónica Unit while simultaneously building a network in a cross-divisional project – all of which I still benefit from today. It was also great to be able to grow together with other young professionals and work in a highly focused way on our project. Managing team tasks that would normally not occur on your average working day was really exciting. It also helped sharpen my interdisciplinary thinking and has made a very positive impact on my work today at Telefónica.”
Anna Martin

Anna Martin

Junior Online Service Manager, Online Services @ B2C – Online

"The close interaction between the programme and my operative work within the online service department really enhanced my ability to apply my entrepreneurial skills to real life business situations. I could connect business ideas with the challenges I faced within my department every day."
Yasemin Ibis

Yasemin Ibis

Simplification Expert

“At Telefonica, if you have a great idea, you can get great support within the company to bring it to live. Especially now, shortly after the merger of E-Plus and Telefónica, there are lots of opportunities to have an impact on the future of the company with your own ideas and projects. It never gets boring.
Onlife Graduate is an amazing program within which I have grown my entrepreneurial skills, expanded my network, learned about many different fields of business and had lots of fun while doing that. It is basically the chance to realize your start-up idea with the support of TEF, while also working for your department. Also, the bond with the other Graduates is incredible."
Timur Plaumann

Timur Plaumann

Partner Manager at Business Development

“Working in a start-up helped me learn how to strengthen your sense of project ownership and customer-orientation. It is exciting how Telefónica encourages me to build new digital partnerships, e.g. with WhatsApp, to transform our core business into a digital experience."

Programme
phases & activities

Get ready to start creating, thinking, planning and implementing

12 months

6 weeks

10.5 months

Ideation

  • 1 start-up week at Wayra
  • 3 teams
  • 5 weeks full time to develop ideas

Prototype
& Beta

Pitch to win:1 day in Basecamp

Shark
tank

1 day per week

development of start-up idea at Wayra

4 days per week

in functional unit at Telefónica

Start-
up

  • your business
  • your career

12 months

6 weeks

10.5 months

Ideation

  • 1 start-up week at Wayra
  • 3 teams
  • 5 weeks full time to develop ideas

Pitch to win:1 day in Basecamp

Shark
tank

Prototype
& Beta

1 day per week

development of start-up idea at Wayra

4 days per week

in functional unit at Telefónica

Startup

  • your business
  • your career

Locations

Work at our key locations

Düsseldorf

  • Telefónica Headquarter

Berlin

  • Representative Office
  • Telefónica BASECAMP

Munich

  • Telefónica Headquarter
  • Wayra Telefónica

Meet the Sponsors

Our expert team will mentor and support you throughout the entire programme.

Sabine Kloos

Sabine Kloos

Director Brand &
Communication

Michael Havas

Michael Havas

Director Customer
Service & Sales

Ulrich Irnich

Ulrich Irnich

Director
Simplification

Guido Eidmann

Guido Eidmann

Chief Information
Officer

Marcel Ritter

Marcel Ritter

General Counsel

Dirk Grote

Dirk Grote

Director Strategy

Fernando Burges Herce

Fernando Burgos Herce

Director Innovation

Kai Uwe-Laag

Kai Uwe Laag

Director B2B

Alfons Lösing

Alfons Lösing

Managing Director B2P

Markus Heimann

Markus Heimann

Director Business & Market Intelligence

Do you have what it takes?

Telefónica Online Graduate Programme

12 months of innovation

We are looking for well-rounded, passionate graduates with the right mind-set, courage and ideas to help us reshape the digital world.

Deadline August 15th, 2016

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