1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I have thoroughly enjoyed my placement year, not only have I been involved in challenging projects across the organisation, but been given the opportunity to explore areas outside of my day job such as visiting our fleets to gain further knowledge of the work we complete on a daily basis.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
During the year I have always felt valued by my colleagues, with everyone always keen to share their knowledge with me and offer further opportunities when presented.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I have been fully supported by my line manager and assignment manager throughout placement. I have had monthly 1-2-1's with both to ensure I am fully supported in every aspect of the job and should an issue arise I would be certain I could speak with them at the earliest opportunity and receive full support/guidance.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
After my initial learning period, I found myself to be very busy which was exactly what I hoped for during my placement year. I was placed within a projects team due to my interests and career aspirations so I would find some weeks busier than others, but I always found this to be a good balance as my line manager gave us additional group projects to complete with my fellow placements and graduates during these periods, which developed new skills outside my day job.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
The amount of responsibility Network Rail allow you to take on is fantastic, I started with a small amount and over the course of the year it grew each month to the point where I was responsible for crucial projects, while still being given all the support and guidance from my managers.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I am sure that I am fully prepared for my last year of University, after being given the opportunity to work on areas aligned with my degree path. I also hope to complete my 3rd year project based around an area worked on in Network Rail.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
It was a very relaxed atmosphere in the office, I was based at our Milton Keynes office, which was all open space and hot desks which meant we could work from a range of areas in the building.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The scheme is very well set up with clear structure and expectations from the start.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Network Rail invested a great amount of time in my development in forms such as workshops, 1-2-1's, site visits and day to day training activities with colleagues.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The future employment prospects are extremely appealing, naturally the next step from placement would be to complete the graduate scheme, with plenty of ex-graduates across the organisation in a wide range of roles.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The social scene was good, with Network Rail employing a large number of placements and graduates there was plenty of people who are in the same position.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
After moving from the North I found living in Milton Keynes was quite expensive.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The nightlife was average, with only a few bars in the area.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There was opportunities to get involved in various sports activities such as the Network Rail football league.