Environment and Sustainable Development 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 support the environment and sustainable development team to deliver their sustainability strategy. This includes: meeting with/contacting stakeholders, researching and making case studies, offering technical support, collecting and analysing data, youth engagement work (STEM), and organising events.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills, or developed your existing skills?
  • I have developed a variety of skills, including: organisation, time management, research, communication (written and verbal), interpersonal, presentation, etc.

  • 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 autonomy of my own projects and supported colleagues on larger projects (e.g., producing reports for the government and International Union of Railways).

  • 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?
  • Lots! I had the support of my line manager (HR) and host manager (Environment team), as well as the reset of the Environment team and other Year in Industry Students/grads.

  • 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?
  • There is a really supportive atmosphere and culture in the office. Everyone is really friendly and kind.

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

  • 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 loved it! I have learnt so much and have become a certified train nerd.

  • Please rate your level of enjoyment on your placement / internship
  • 4/5

  • 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
  • Gather as much experience outside of your degree as possible. Make sure you research Network Rail's core values (e.g., safety and diversity and inclusion) and have examples of how you have applied these ready for interviews.

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Placement (10 Months+)


July 2022

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