Our Property scheme for graduates

Who you are

You’re an independent thinker with a passion for property. You have the ability to communicate to a wide and diverse range of internal and external stakeholders. Your excellent time management skills will enable you to get the best out of your work placements and ensure you achieve all the competency levels required by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

How long is the scheme?

Three years

Where you’ll be based

London, Scotland and Bristol.

What you’ll be doing

Through a series of rotational placements, you’ll be working as a surveyor to secure land and access rights for a whole range of operational projects across the country: from temporary requirements for site compounds, project offices, access points, to more permanent requirements where the land supports new infrastructure. You’ll be working closely with colleagues to review and assess options and deliver results.

You’ll be responsible for securing tenants for major new investment schemes, against challenging financial targets. You’ll have the opportunity to lead on the sale or disposal of surplus land to help prospective new tenants find suitable accommodation or help us deliver land in line with government housing targets. You may also be required to search for new uses for redundant railway accommodation, such as accommodation for charities. You’ll help to give buildings with no future a new lease of life while helping to deliver much needed residential units.

Entry requirements

2:2 in a Commercial Real Estate or Planning & Development degree which is accredited for the commercial property route of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

What professional qualifications could you gain?

Chartered Status
Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS)

What opportunities are available at the end of the scheme?

At the end of the scheme you will be able to further progress by applying for roles within development, retail, commercial estates or property services as a surveyor, development surveyor, portfolio surveyor, portfolio manager or asset manager. Many graduates go on to achieve promotion to senior roles within the department.

Why you should choose this scheme

This is the only graduate scheme within Network Rail that is aimed at the professional surveyor.

You’ll be exposed to many different areas of Property and experience functions you may not have realised existed at Network Rail.

From day one we will recognise, develop and promote your talent to enable you to become one of our future senior leaders. You’ll receive support from current and former graduates, senior surveyors, managers and RICS assessors across all areas of property.

At Network Rail, we want to help you achieve your full potential.  As part of that, we will provide the investment you need to follow the professional competency pathway for commercial property (APC).

Further details can be found on the RICS website.

Hear from our recent graduate:

Caren, Surveyor

Quite simply, the scheme is broad, the work is diverse and the teams are friendly.  I was also enticed by the fact that Network Rail has been ranked yet again within the Times Top 100 Graduate Employers. These are qualities any graduate should look for!

Darra Sira

How would you describe the breadth of Network Rail’s work, and the breadth of our opportunities for graduates?

As one of Britain's largest landowners, Network Rail offers a tremendous opportunity for graduates to get involved in and gain a wide breadth of property-related experience. Work is specifically tailored to give graduates the most relevant experience for them to sit the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).

How varied have you found your role at Network Rail?

The well-managed rotation structure that the Property graduates receive has provided me with an insight into all departments within Network Rail Property. Rotations consist of six-month placements in different teams. This means the scheme is varied while also giving us the necessary range of experience in the field.

What’s the most exciting work you’ve done here?

I am in the process of drafting a proposal to redevelop a row of properties in close proximity to London Bridge. This has involved visiting the properties, liaising with external professionals and recommending the best course of action. The ability to reshape the built environment and generate income while also catering to the future needs of the public is exciting.

What’s been the best thing for you?

Having worked within several teams throughout Property, not only have I enhanced my knowledge of commercial property, but I've also developed as a professional in the industry. The level of responsibility I've been given at such an early stage in my career is astounding in comparison to other organisations.

Why Network Rail?

Quite simply, the scheme is broad, the work is diverse and the teams are friendly.  I was also enticed by the fact that Network Rail has been ranked yet again within the Times Top 100 Graduate Employers. These are qualities any graduate should look for!