My main tasks were to (a) input system verification evidence into a database, (b) check procurement orders, (c) check and progress requested changes relating to system documents using an issue tracking tool and (d) make a lab safety guide.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I've was given more responsibility as my time progressed through Network Rail allowing to take my current skills from university and use them in a business environment and gain valuable new skills.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I was treated like a real member of staff, the people where friendly welcoming and where happy to help no matter what the question. My colleagues are very socailable!
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Management always gave the support I needed not in just my work placement but at the same time with my university. Network Rail saw what my skills set was and we designed the role around me allowing to change my job title every month if I was happy to do so.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
There is always work to been done and the workload is equally divided between personal and work life. The activites are never to complex and most days I can leave the office at 5.30 which is what I'm contracted to do
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given more responsibility than most placement students could ever get. I was given the opportunity to design and build the backbone for the Corporate Intranet which is a huge responsibility.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Not only does Network Rail allow you to develop your current skill set and progress them further and use then to the best of your ability but they also allow to to gain vital important skill sets which most placement programmes or university could ever teach you.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
There are somedays where the office could be really bouncy and fun but however this is a working environment show work needs to be done. saying that 4 days out of 5 the Fun will never stop.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The fault more lies on the my university Network Rail have always been sticking to their schedule which is perfect but some of the areas couldn't be covered due to lack of participation with my university.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Network Rail saw me as a vital member of the team and no matter what they invest everything they have into my development.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Depending on my progress over the next couple of months I could get a conditional offer onto the graduate programme.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
I think because all the other placement students are in the same position we all bonded very well. plus we had loads of socials to get to know each other.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I work and live in London so it isn't very cheap because it's London however there are some pubs that are cheap but you need a knowledge of London to find them (but work can help out).
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
It's London, don't think I need to explain more than that.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There are a few opportunities which are available however it depends on project deadlines and project timelines.