New ways of working – from the start

Someone starting off their working life at Deutsche Telekom may be surprised to discover that we have a pretty modern approach to work. In Germany, Deutsche Telekom is pursuing agile working practices and attitudes. Our teams form “tribes” and “squads” to collaborate across several departments on very clearly defined tasks, such as developing new products. This approach also works on a virtual basis, with teams at different sites in Germany, across the whole of Europe, and even worldwide working together. For us, “agility” also means dealing differently with hierarchies. As part of our agile approach to work, we make decisions together, as a team, with departmental boundaries becoming more fluid and employees getting the opportunity to use their skills in different areas. Sound exciting? Find out more on the New world of work page.


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Inclusive and equitable quality education

Our comprehensive training and development program supports the fourth goal of the United Nations Agenda 2030.

Learning to learn

Over the course of our lives, many of us will have more than one career or move on from organizational units where we have learned how everything works. This is why it is crucial to continuously refresh our know-how and adapt to new requirements. In order to keep step with this shift, our approach begins right at job entry. After all, only those who learn how to learn right from the beginning are truly equipped for the future. We give our apprentices and junior employees the tools they need to be able to keep on facing new challenges throughout their professional lives.

Where can I start here?

The web app of our Europe-wide “Futureproof” project will help anyone who is keen to join us and get off to a flying start but is unsure which career path to choose. In an approach similar to a game, users can find out what really interests them and, as a result, obtain personalized career ideas covering a whole host of inspiring occupational profiles and practical examples. Once they know which path they wish to follow, we offer school and university students and junior employees all kinds of possibilities for pursuing a career with us and contributing to a sustainable, digital future. The following entry-level opportunities are available in Germany:

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Internships for school students

A „student internship“ at Deutsche Telekom gives students a behind-the-scenes insight into an international corporate group and shows them how we work and what we are working on. Since 2021, we have even been offering virtual internships so that even more young people can obtain career guidance – wherever they live.

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Apprenticeships

Whether industrial business administrator, IT specialist or IT systems management administrator, we offer school students entry-level opportunities in twelve different training careers at 35 different training sites.

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Dual study program

Is spending all your time at the office not enough – and all your time at university too theoretical? With a dual study program at Bachelor’s or Master’s level, beginners can combine the two. In the end, they have both professional experience and a degree in their pocket.

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Trainee program

Our trainees choose the area they want to focus on themselves, work independently on challenging projects and, in so doing, lay the best foundation for subsequently taking on a position of responsibility.

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Direct entry

Reach your goal with no detours – you can with our direct entry. Graduates can join one of our departments directly and get involved immediately in shaping the digital future.

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Female junior employees

We offer our female junior employees special training programs and exciting networking opportunities, such as the AI hackathon for women. We present the “Women’s STEM Award” to honor outstanding final theses.

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Development opportunities

We offer our junior employees numerous opportunities for further development: From part-time study programs to the first leadership position, anything is possible!

In Germany, Deutsche Telekom currently offers approximately 2 150 training places each year, giving numerous young people an opportunity to start their career with a high-quality dual apprenticeship or dual study program. After completing their training, these young people have an extremely good chance of finding a job in the Group, particularly in the technical and IT departments. However, they are also in high demand as specialists on the labor market outside the Group.

Digital is important

Digital learning – it’s an obvious element in our training. We equip our apprentices and dual students with modern notebooks and smartphones, and support them with various digital learning formats. A platform has been designed specifically for our learners. They can use it to plan and document the next steps in their individual learning process. That way, they learn from the outset how to skillfully handle digital tools.

Open to all

Getting started in a career can sometimes be bumpy. After all, we don’t all begin with the same opportunities and backgrounds. We have developed special programs and options for applicants who have to overcome particular hurdles at the start of their career.

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Disadvantaged young people

“My chance to get going”: Since 2009, we have been preparing disadvantaged young people for an apprenticeship at Deutsche Telekom under this heading. Since the project was launched, 487 out of 718 interns have started an apprenticeship with us.

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Single parents

We offer young single parents the opportunity to complete their apprenticeship or dual study program on a part-time basis.

How we reach out to talented people – digital with a personal touch

To attract talented individuals, we make intensive use of digital channels in our communications. We also adopt a personal approach online. We offer applicants a global job search platform and international standards in our selection processes. This approach, which we describe as “digital with a personal touch”, is central to our entire recruiting strategy. One example of this is our presence in the global business network LinkedIn. The “Personalized Candidate Experience” project centers on using potential candidates’ personal LinkedIn profiles to ensure they specifically find the jobs that are relevant to them and match their interests and skills. Since 2020, these people have been able to use a contact button on LinkedIn to talk directly to our recruiters without having to make any commitments. Similarly, our recruiters can also contact them directly and personally. Our website publishes the latest news about Deutsche Telekom and provides information on a range of aspects such as our corporate culture. It also features employee stories, in which our employees offer exciting insights into what working life with potential future colleagues could be like. Our employees can even use the “Story Generator” as a very easy way of making their own videos to introduce themselves in a fun way, share insights, and contribute to our #IWILLNOTSTOP employer branding campaign. The campaign portrays us as the leading European telco and, over and above this, the quintessential digitalization company. There are six focal points – the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, digital transformation, cloud services, cybersecurity, and Smart City. Naturally, we still value direct and personal contact with talented young individuals – at trade shows, networking get-togethers, and other events, for instance.

Campustour 2020

In 2021, our Campustour took place in a digital format. Each year, our CMD+O campus tour takes us directly to students at universities so we can show them what Deutsche Telekom does and how we are shaping the future. CMD+O@digital hosted virtual workshops and presentations on captivating topics related to the digital world, giving IT experts, young professionals, and students space to implement their own projects, make valuable contacts, and expand their horizons.

Moreover, our entire application process has now been digitalized – from the first interview, through telephone or video conferences, to the digital assessment center. This helps us save time and protect the environment, since less traveling is required.

Simply outstanding

We have received various awards for our achievements as an employer and training provider:

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Student Most Attractive Employers

The employer branding company Universum carries out an annual student survey to rank the most attractive employers for career starters. In 2021, we were rated one of the top companies for individuals with a talent for IT, coming 15th out of 100.

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Best company for women

In 2021, Brigitte magazine gave us the highest rating of five stars in its fourth employer study, which evaluated criteria such as balancing career and family, career advancement, transparency, and equality.

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Potentialpark study

In the 2021 ranking of market research company Potentialpark, our careers website came out top for the digital recruitment of talented individuals, making it Germany’s best company website for potential applicants. We also came second in the overall rating (careers website, online applications, social media, and communication on mobile devices).

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Azubi Communication Study

We achieved second place in the Azubi Communication Study 2021, which was organized by Potentialpark and ausbildung.de. Some 2 800 students rated 100 employers in four different categories – careers website, online applications, mobile sites, and social media platforms.

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Forbes awards

In 2021, Forbes magazine rated T-Mobile US as one of America’s best employers and the best overall for diversity.

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Top employer

T-Mobile Czech Republic was rated the best employer in the telecommunications sector in 2021. Over 10 000 students at universities in the Czech Republic took part in the survey. Magenta Telekom also received a top employer award in 2021 – from the “trend” business magazine.

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HR Excellence Award for virtual school student internship

In 2021, we were presented with the HR Excellence Award in the “Apprentice and university marketing” category for designing and implementing a virtual internship for school students.

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