1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Network Rail and would recommend it to other students looking to do a year in industry,
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
From the start of my placement I was made to feel welcome and was treated like part of the team and not a placement student.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My supervisor and manager were extremely supportive and were keen to involve me in tasks they thought would not only benefit the company but also my personal development and learning. If my supervisor wasnt around, everyone else within the team was happy to help in any way they could.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
This varied- I never found myself bored with nothing to do but some days were quieter than others. However, this allowed me to catch up on other things e.g. uni work, paperwork etc.. There were also some days were I had more to do and had to stay later than usual to finish it due to deadlines and time pressures.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I would say that I was given quite a lot of responsibility but my supervisor would always help out if needed.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I think the skills I have developed over the year will definitely assist me in my future career as they can be transferred to any workplace e.g. using excel, outlook, communicating proffessionally, organisation etc.. Also, when returning to University, i will be able to link some of the theory I will study to real life situations within a business.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The office atmosphere was generally relaxed and sociable as it was all open plan.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
As i was the first intern within this department, I wasnt given a proper remit when i started. However, that gave me more freedom and allowed me to choose which projects and tasks I would like to get involved with. after the first couple of months I found myself in more a role with defined responsibilities
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I wasnt put on any formal training courses however I was given inhouse training how to use computer systems for reporting.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Above 25 days holiday
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I would definitely return back to Network Rail after graduating. There are lots of opportunities in a range of functions and good links with the graduate scheme.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There were a few socials organised over the year but it was difficult to arrange a time when everyone was free as the nature of the business meant that we were often out of the office at different times and half of the placement students were based in Manchester and half Birmingham.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I find Manchester pretty cheap for living and socialsing. Obvioulsy this depends where you live and what standard but there are many flats in the city centre and close to the office for a low rate.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Northern Quarter is just a few minutes walk with lots of quirky bars and restaurants which is great for socialising after work. There are also lots of bars and clubs in the centre/Deansgate area too.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were lots of volunteering opportunities which arose over my year here. NR allow 5 days per year to volunteer and its also a good team building day!
I wasnt involved with many other activities outside of work but there was the odd social event for leaving do's, birthdays etc..