Industrial Placement at Network Rail

Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Milton Keynes South West
Review Date
Salary
£16,000 - £17,999
Roles
Business Management Information Technology

Connect with this company

8.9/10

The Role
9.0
Organisation
9.4

Socialising

8.2

The Role

Role Description

Experience of IT project management within the Project and Programme Services (P&PS) area in Group Business Services function.

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

I thoroughly enjoyed my placement year at Network Rail and very worthwhile as I have built up my confidence and developed relevant work experience to my degree scheme.

9/10

2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

I was made to feel very valued by my colleagues and truly felt like part of the team.

9/10

3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

Colleagues were very supportive and always willing to listen to any concerns that I had and find a resolution. Practice management very supportive and very focused on personal development.

9/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

At almost all times I had a sufficient amount of work to be getting on with across a number of projects. During periods of large workloads, my manager always made sure that I was coping.

8/10

5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

I was highly satisfied with the level of responsibility I was given during my placement, being involved in a number of very high level projects.

9/10

6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

I will be able to take away and incorporate a huge number of soft skills, written report skills and project management skills into my degree and further into my career.

10/10

The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Was a very open atmosphere; I found that most people were very approachable when I needed more information for a project or assistance for something. Good amount of informal chat so that I was able to get to know my teams better.

9/10

8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

Very well organised, had opportunities to find out more about how Network Rail operates as a business, a number of very useful personal development workshops. Never had any issues with any HR / payment related issues.

10/10

9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

A large number of personal development workshops and opportunity to suggest areas that we would like to develop in and have workshops set up by practice management to cater for this.

9/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Sports and Social Club
  • Subsidised/Company Gym
  • Financial Bonus
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Staff Sales/Staff Shop
  • Above 25 days holiday
  • Working from home
  • Travel loan
9/10

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

I have been given a conditional graduate offer based on 2:1 qualification in degree.

10/10

Social

12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

The majority of placements lived a fair distance away from Milton Keynes so was difficult to arrange occasionally in terms of logistics.

7/10

13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

I found that Milton Keynes was similarly priced in terms of living and socialising costs to where my uni is based (Aberystwyth); this was reasonable and due to close proximity of flat near office, very convenient as well.

As the salary on the placement was so generous, I have been able to save a significant amount to go towards studying for my final year.

9/10

14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

Plenty of restaurants, bars and clubs in Central Milton Keynes and very easy to travel to London from MK.

8/10

15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

Yes, Network Rail has a sports and social club featuring a wide variety of activities to get involved in outside of work.

9/10