Discover graduate at Vodafone

Ryan King completed a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Innovation and Entrepreneurship and International Business. He works as a Discover Graduate at Vodafone.

Ryan King sitting at a desk with his laptop computer.
Ryan King, Discover graduate at Vodafone.

Key facts

Career: Discover graduate
Programme: Bachelor of Commerce
Subjects: Innovation and Entrepreneurship and International Business

At high school Ryan was part of the team that won the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme, a nationwide competition that challenges students to create a product or service and sell it to customers.

“That’s where I fell in love with innovation and entrepreneurship. I made a lot of contacts and saw the awesome things you could achieve with business skills.”

At the Business School Ryan was involved with the He Tuākana mentoring programme that connects first-year students with senior students. He was also a member of the Commerce Association Pacific and Māori (CAPM) and served a year as the club’s president.

It was through CAPM networking events that Ryan met the recruitment team at Vodafone, found he identified with the company culture and began exploring opportunities to work there.

“When I went for my first interview I already knew a few of the people there and they knew a bit about me. I felt more comfortable which made it easier.”

Ryan was part of the 2016 Vodafone Discover Graduate Programme, a two-year programme that enables graduates to rotate through a variety of teams and roles before choosing a career path.

In the future, he hopes to spend time at the Vodafone Xone in Christchurch, the start-up accelerator and innovation lab for globally focused Kiwi tech entrepreneurs.“I love helping and supporting people to achieve their goals.”