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.
  • High level asset management. Improving methods to ensure the performance of the structural asset portfolio. Safety incident reporting. Handling asset data. Refining methods to reduce risk. Site visits: traveling around the country to gain on the ground experience, complete volunteering, and work with other colleagues.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills, or developed your existing skills?
  • Rail industry knowledge Office skills: outlook, excel etc Asset management Analytical problem solving

  • 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?
  • 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 the lead on numerous projects, allowing me to work both independently and collaboratively. I felt proud of having ownership and expertise over specific workloads

  • 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?
  • I was assigned a line manager to handle pastoral needs, review progress, set goals. I was also assigned a technical host manager to provide day to day projects and guidance. In addition, I had weekly catch-ups with a mentor on my team to discuss progress

  • 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?
  • Very friendly atmosphere. Flexible workloads and hybrid working environment. I felt fulfilled without being overworked

  • 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 thoroughly enjoyed my placement overall. I had the opportunity to gain invaluable industry experience and travel around the country.

  • 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 company mantras, safety vision. Understand how crucial it is to maintain safe and efficient rail infrastructure

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Placement (10 Months+)

Civil Engineering

South East

July 2023

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