Year in Industry Student at Network Rail

Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Manchester North West
Review Date
Salary
£16,000 - £17,999
Roles
Civil Engineering

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8.9/10

The Role
8.5
Organisation
9.2

Socialising

9.0

The Role

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

Enjoyed it very much. I was given a lot of responsibility and this prompted me to work harder. The placement had a good mix of office work and site visits and everyone at the company was very friendly. I learnt a lot of new information which I will be able to apply in my final year of uni.

10/10

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

Felt like I was an equal, the work I was given was important and the team were happy for me too approach it however I saw fit. The team were very friendly and we all got along good, this made the placement more enjoyable and helped me settle into the company fast.

9/10

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

The manager would go over what they expected of you and would give you a targets to meet. The first month, they talked you through everything and eased you into the work. After the first month they expected you to be a bit more independent and this was helpful. They were always available to talk if I needed any help with the work.

9/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

Had a lot of work given during the year, however it did end up seeming a bit repetitive. Most of the work centred around excel.

But I was able to setup my own site visits once a week. This ensured I gained a varied experience of the company. I was also able to volunteer in different teams.

7/10

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

I felt I had a great deal of responsibility, the work was subject to the same deadlines ad everyone else on the team. I also did a major project completely independently and had to present my finding in a presentation to senior management and this was a very rewarding experience.

8/10

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

They ensured that I gained engineering knowledge during my placement. In the first meeting we identified areas that I wasn't familiar with and my line manager gave me work relating to it so that I could gain more knowledge about the subject.

I also became more familiar with using standards to produce assessments.

8/10

The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Very good. Everyone got a long well the office was very nice. Everyone was working and talking. The office environment was one of the best aspects of the company.

10/10

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

Well organised, they had a structured plan at the beginning of the year and regular meeting to catch up with the placement students prigress.

8/10

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

They let me attend many CPD lectures and I was also given opportunities to gain external qualifications. As well as completing the internal competencies for the company.

10/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Subsidised/Company Gym
  • Above 25 days holiday
  • Working from home
  • Travel loan
9/10

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

With a large influx of passengers expected in the next 10 years there is good employment prospects for the industry.

9/10

Social

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

We all got along well when together, there were regular placement year trips set up by graduates to help us all meet each other.

8/10

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

very low cost of living, I was located in Manchester

10/10

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

Very good, Manchester has a lot of student areas and so I never felt out of place in the city

10/10

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

A lot of volunteering opportunities and I was provided with 5 paid volunteering days

8/10