Year in Industry Placement Student at Network Rail

Placement Year (10 Months+)
Swindon South West
Review Date
£16,000 - £17,999
Administration/Secretarial Electronic and Electrical Engineering Engineering Information Technology Mechanical Engineering

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The Role



The Role

Role Description

Absorb as much knowledge as is humanly possible.

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


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

Some more than others if i am brutally honest.


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


4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

You get out what you put in. I was given the freedom to control my own experiance and workload. Obviously there are times when there can be a bit little or a bit much but that is to be expected - it's not a bad thing.


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

More as the placement progressed.


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

This is by far the most important part of the placement in my opinion. I am now totally focussed on getting the best out of my degree course; having seen exactly why i want it. This year game me perspective which I previously lacked - and it paid quite well...


The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Quiet with the occasional quality conversation.


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

It's still early days - there are a lot of improvements to make


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

Any training I found and requested was granted - I can't possibly complain. My line manager was fantastic.


10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • National Travel
  • Financial Bonus
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Above 25 days holiday
  • Working from home
  • Travel loan

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

Depending on the role I can come back and take on, I am likely to return.



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

With fellow placement students it was good but the vast Geograohical difference with where we were all working made it difficult - 6 of us spanning from London to Plymouth


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

Cost of living is reasonable, socialising is virtually impossible.


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

Swindon - need i say more?


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

If the company wants to expand the YII program it is very important they address this. It could be as simple as just telling people to get on and do teambuilding activities. The rare events were actually very good though.