Drainage Asset Engineer 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 assist with research and the planning of work to rectify flooding related risks and would visit the work being carried out to ensure the contactor understood the issue. I also update our data sources to ensure the team is kept up to date with the current condition of our assets.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills, or developed your existing skills?
  • This placement has really helped my team working, communication and confidence by providing a feeling of completing a required job but with the support of my team as a backup which I can rely upon to assist me when it is required.

  • 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
  • 5/5


  • 3. Were you given much responsibility during your placement / internship?
  • Yes I was given issues with council and 3rd party neighbours that I was tasked with having a site visit with and then creating a solution to fix their issue when required. Please note that this part of the role came later when I had developed a level of confidence and understanding and their was no pressure from the team to meet with 3rd party's if you did not feel comfortable.

  • 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 supported by my team and I always felt that I could raise an issue and get an answer quickly. I also stated some goals at the start of my placement that I wanted to achieve and I was given contacts to help me achieve these goals by my team.

  • 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?
  • I started when COVID was still affecting the office environment so the office was quiet but has stated to become busier again. Everyone I have meet has been friendly and been happy for me to learn what they do through sitting in various meetings and going on site visits with their team.

  • How would you rate the inclusiveness of the culture?
  • 4/5

  • How would you rate the social opportunities?
  • 4/5

  • 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 really enjoyed my time at Network Rail and my team was very supportive and helpful. I am aiming to join Network Rail after I graduate and I would recommend other people to apply for this year in industry placement.

  • 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
  • Research the company before the interview stage and understand the companies goals and values. Try and set goals before you start or early into your placement so you can start talking to your team and try and set dates for you to compete each goal, e.g. seeing a new bridge being installed which would be planned months before and there may only be a small number happening each year.

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Placement (10 Months+)

Civil Engineering

Yorkshire and Humberside

July 2022

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