Operations and Projects Year in Industry 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.
  • My role was in the Operations and projects team, on a day to day basis this involved a variety of different tasks. Some including ongoing project management and support for new projects, and sometimes more of the post go live work around measuring the benefits and if the project was a success. This involved working with a variety of people from varying levels of the business as high as Directors.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills, or developed your existing skills?
  • I have learnt a lot about time management due to having multiple deadlines to work towards so a need to balance and prioritise different tasks was a key skill. My people skills has improved as well as you have to develop relationships very quickly as new people join a project in order to maximise the impact of the project.

  • 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?
  • I feel I was given a lot of responsibility during this year with it growing as I proved myself to the team, and by the end of this year I was given the role of project manager for a new project with support from my line manager.

  • 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 very fortunate to receive a huge amount of support from both my line manager and also from the whole team. This was both through being with the team in the office most days and through one to one development sessions with my line manager every other week.

  • 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 was very positive with management not being detached from their staff and being very supportive. There is some current disparity between some staff due to the ongoing strike action but from what I have seen this is very limited and well managed.

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

  • 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 this year, it was an insight into an industry that I did not have a huge amount of knowledge on before starting but I feel that I have really learnt a lot around the complexities and the amount of development that goes on in the railway.

  • 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
  • Do some research into what is currently going on in the business and around the ongoing changes that are happening.

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Placement (10 Months+)

Logistics and Operations


July 2022

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