Year in Industry 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.
  • Shadowing the track maintenance team. Attending meetings Data analysis combining tack and geotechnical data. Placement is what you make of it.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills, or developed your existing skills?
  • Data analysis, office skills, presenting to directors, communication and time management, personal track safety

  • 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
  • 5/5


  • 3. Were you given much responsibility during your placement / internship?
  • Yes, completed my own project supervised by senior engineers. Had the responsibility of setting thresholds which resulted in Track intervention actions

  • 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?
  • Regular feedback from seniors. Twice weekly progress meetings.

  • 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?
  • 4/5


  • 5. What was the company culture and general atmosphere like?
  • Different cultures in different areas of the business. Feels corporate in head office, and then gang culture in the maintenance depots “orange army”. There’s a culture and working environment for everyone.

  • How would you rate the inclusiveness of the culture?
  • 3/5

  • 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?
  • 3/5

    Your Impressions

  • 6. To what extent did you enjoy your placement / internship?
  • Placement crescendoed the more people I met and more opportunities this opened up. At first it was very steady learning the business which was frustrating as I wanted a project from the start.

  • Please rate your level of enjoyment on your placement / internship
  • 3/5

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

  • 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
  • Ensure you join an area of the business you have an interest in. Don’t be afraid to reach out to other areas if you’re not enjoying your current line of work. Speak to your LM

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Placement (10 Months+)


North East

July 2023

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