Summer Placement Student Review

by Network Rail


  • Skills
  • Responsibilities
  • Support & Guidance
  • Culture
  • Your Impressions


  • 1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis.
  • I worked closely with multiple people in TA and assisted them with various projects required to continue to maintain the safety of the rail network in the UK. I continually had regular meetings, both formal and informal, with my managers to discuss my progress and any concerns or thoughts I had on the work and how it could be improved


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills, or developed your existing skills?
  • I have continued to work on my leadership and public speaking skills, with this placement helping me to reaffirm my knowledge on engineering principles taught at university. I have become more confident in my work which has allowed me to speak more freely about the work I am doing and explain it better

  • How would you rate the training provided during your experience?
  • 4/5

  • How would you rate your development of industry-specific skills during the experience?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate your development of personal / soft skills during the experience?
  • 5/5

  • Please rate how these skills have helped you in your career development
  • 4/5


  • 3. Were you given much responsibility during your placement / internship?
  • I was given work that I could do independently, that would be rolled out across the region, ensuring the safety of railway workers and commuters that use the railway regularly. Based on this, I was given much responsibility on this vital project, while also being given independent work by others in the department

  • Please rate how meaningful the work you were doing was
  • 5/5

    Support & Guidance

  • 4. How much support and guidance did you receive during your placement / internship?
  • I was regularly given support, with multiple meetings during the week to ensure I was doing ok with the tasks. I was also invited to take part in monthly team meetings, while also having 121 meetings with managers and colleagues to answer any queries I had about the company, work or any engineering topics I wanted to learn about.

  • How would you rate the support and guidance from your line manager?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the support and guidance from the wider team?
  • 5/5


  • 5. What was the company culture and general atmosphere like?
  • The culture and atmosphere of the company was very supportive and really aimed at furthering my knowledge of the rail industry, and the power sector as a whole. I never felt uncomfortable or nervous to ask anything, with the feeling being informal and I felt I could always seek anyone out to ask further questions if I was unsure of something during my time at the company.

  • How would you rate the inclusiveness of the culture?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the social opportunities?
  • 3/5

  • How would you rate the diversity initiatives?
  • 4/5

  • How would you rate the charity, sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives?
  • 5/5

    Your Impressions

  • 6. To what extent did you enjoy your placement / internship?
  • I very much enjoyed my placement and would gladly go back to work for the company. The ethos and atmosphere of the company made it very enjoyable and, while the placement was conducted online, I was able to get the maximum out of my time there by asking questions and working closely with many people across the company. I was able to learn about the industry and the importance of transport in our society.

  • Please rate your level of enjoyment on your placement / internship
  • 5/5

  • Please rate how your experience met your expectations
  • 5/5

  • Please rate the future employment prospects at Network Rail
  • 5/5

  • 7. Would you recommend Network Rail to a friend?
  • Yes

  • 8. What advice would you give to others applying to Network Rail
  • Just start with the application. The people that work there go out of their way to help you succeed, and they want new faces to join the company and help it move forward with technological developments that are always coming out. There is so much to learn from such a vast company that you will be able to find something you enjoy in the company, as it spans over various business areas and practices.

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Internship (1 Month+)


South East

November 2021

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