Civil Engineering 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.
  • I would usually have a team meeting in the morning, then after afterwards I would do any work we needed to to that day, for example doing a site visit, or writing reports, or using excel to produce documents about our assets.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills, or developed your existing skills?
  • Many general working skills like communication and time management and problem solving. But I also learned how to use different software like GeoRINM (a geotechnical asset software) and Hubble (a vegetation software). I developed my Excel and report writing skills.

  • 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?
  • 2/5

  • How would you rate your development of personal / soft skills during the experience?
  • 3/5

  • Please rate how these skills have helped you in your career development
  • 3/5


  • 3. Were you given much responsibility during your placement / internship?
  • Yes I was, for the work I was given, however it was always checked and reviewed.

  • Please rate how meaningful the work you were doing was
  • 2/5

    Support & Guidance

  • 4. How much support and guidance did you receive during your placement / internship?
  • Support was given when asked, very read to help me out with a teams call.

  • How would you rate the support and guidance from your line manager?
  • 3/5

  • How would you rate the support and guidance from the wider team?
  • 4/5


  • 5. What was the company culture and general atmosphere like?
  • A lot of older people, not many young people even in their 20’s. But it is a good friendly atmosphere from the staff.

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

  • How would you rate the social opportunities?
  • 1/5

  • How would you rate the diversity initiatives?
  • 2/5

  • 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?
  • It was enjoyable at parts, you have to make it what you want to and take the initiative to network, if not there is not much work to do.

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

  • Please rate how your experience met your expectations
  • 2/5

  • Please rate the future employment prospects at Network Rail
  • 3/5

  • 7. Would you recommend Network Rail to a friend?
  • Yes

  • 8. What advice would you give to others applying to Network Rail
  • Make sure you network within the company to get the most out of your experience

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Placement (10 Months+)

Civil Engineering

East Midlands

July 2023

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