• 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.
  • My role within the company is to work within and support the maintenance engineering team based in Bedford. Day-to-day operations included a variety of things, shadowing engineers, assisting with track patrols, remapping and creating patrol diagrams, project managing improvement projects etc..


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills, or developed your existing skills?
  • Technical Skills - Project management - Competency in variety of software and tools (Visio, CARRS, Geo-RINM, FMS, etc…) - Data analysis - Track maintenance and inspection - Personal track safety - Understanding of railway infrastructure - Technical writing Non-Technical Skills - Communication - Time Management - Inter-Personal Skills - Professionalism - Confidence

  • 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?
  • 4/5

  • How would you rate your development of personal / soft skills during the experience?
  • 4/5

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


  • 3. Were you given much responsibility during your placement / internship?
  • I was provided opportunities to project manage projects with full involvement and autonomy. Help was also provided if and when I required it. In charge of producing benefits cases for innovative projects.

  • Please rate how meaningful the work you were doing was
  • 4/5

    Support & Guidance

  • 4. How much support and guidance did you receive during your placement / internship?
  • Great support and guidance. Everyone was very busy but always made time to assist me with any help or queries I had. The training was comprehensive and made me feel safe on the railway.

  • How would you rate the support and guidance from your line manager?
  • 4/5

  • How would you rate the support and guidance from the wider team?
  • 4/5


  • 5. What was the company culture and general atmosphere like?
  • Great atmosphere, everyone was very welcoming and experienced. Worked within a variety of different teams and felt included in all of them. Productive and inclusive culture with an atmosphere that produces a great work ethic.

  • 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?
  • 4/5

    Your Impressions

  • 6. To what extent did you enjoy your placement / internship?
  • I enjoyed my placement greatly despite Covid reducing the ability to partake in group and general activities. Still able to attend a wide variety of practical experiences despite this and really enjoyed these. I got a lot out of it and feel prepared for the workplace.

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

  • Please rate how your experience met your expectations
  • 4/5

  • Please rate the future employment prospects at Network Rail
  • 4/5

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

  • 8. What advice would you give to others applying to Network Rail
  • Be open to learning and be honest when you need help. They dont expect you to be able to do everything and as long as you give everything a go and really involve yourself everyone is more than happy to help you get the most out of placement.

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Placement Year (10 Months+)

Mechanical Engineering

East Midlands

November 2021

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