Year In Industry Engineer at Network Rail

Placement Year (10 Months+)
Milton Keynes
Review Date
Civil Engineering

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The Role
The Company
The Culture

Role Description

Part of the track geometry team in the safety, technical and Engineering department. Assisting projects and gaining experience of the railway.

The Role

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

I was given many opportunities to expand my knowledge and experiences in all aspects of the railway. Much of the work I was given was in interesting projects that intrigued me but the work was sometimes quite dull and not challenging enough.
4 /5

2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

By certain colleagues I felt like a very valuable member of the team but by the wider group it seemed like I was more of a hindrance than a bonus.
3 /5

3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

My managers were incredibly supportive and always willing to give me their time if I had any questions.
5 /5

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

There were peaks and troughs but for the most part my workload was manageable.
3 /5

5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

At certain times in certain projects I was given significant responsibility but overall my responsibilities were quite low.
2 /5

6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

Many of the skills I have learned or improved this year are soft skills and will help me with whatever I do in the future. Regarding technical skills I am happy with the development I received but considering that I don't want to continue with a career in track they are probably not entirely transferable.
3 /5

The Company

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Quite reserved and quiet with times of casual chatting and intellectual conversation.
3 /5

8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

The placement was very well laid out and most of the people involved were committed to keeping it running. On the rare occasion that issues occurred they were quickly resolved.
4 /5

9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

I received several training courses and should I have wished to attend more I would have been supported. I was always being encouraged to pursue the chartership characteristics.
4 /5

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • National Travel
  • Above 25 days holiday
3 /5

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

I have been offered a place on the graduate scheme and seriously considering pursuing it as it offers an exciting civil scheme that interests me.
4 /5

The Culture

12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

The other students and I got on well and socialised regularly.
4 /5

13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

It was quite expensive compared to what I am used to but affordable.
2 /5

14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

The nightlife was poor and expensive, I rarely went out.
1 /5

15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

I played badminton with some colleagues but I was part of a club external to work so I didn't really look for it.
3 /5