Who you are

You’re a self-starter with a strong work ethic. You have an inquisitive nature and are not afraid to challenge the way things are done. You’re able to present and communicate alternative ideas in a clear and confident manner. With strong organisation skills, a cool head and an eye for the detail, you’re able to solve problems with a calm and pragmatic approach. You enjoy working as part of a team and have empathy towards others.

Where you’ll be based

Opportunities are available across Britain, at locations including Birmingham, Glasgow, London, Manchester, Milton Keynes and York.

What you’ll be doing

You’ll work as a graduate project manager, exploring commercial, safety, and risk and opportunity management techniques, with exposure across several functions, including Construction, Planning, Strategy, Operations and Estimating. Your strong interpersonal skills will come into their own when you’re building relationships with your stakeholders. You could be contributing to high-profile projects through preparing presentations, reports, or managing key contracts. You’ll also gain a basic level of knowledge in engineering.

Why you should choose this placement

You’ll have the flexibility to explore foundation project management skills that meet your own interests, as well as gaining a broader appreciation for our industry. Our project managers are highly visible across the organisation so it’s an opportunity for you to really make a name for yourself.

Entry requirements

You must be in your penultimate year and be on course to achieve at least a 2:2 in any degree discipline.

How would you describe the breadth of Network Rail's work, and the breadth of our opportunities for placement students?

Network Rail is a huge organisation with many more departments than you would first think. This allows for an incredible amount of opportunities for the placement students that come into the business. You are guaranteed to find an area that works for you and the support network behind the scheme is excellent.

How varied have you found your role at Network Rail?

My role at Network Rail has given me the opportunity to develop and display a wide variety of skills due to the diverse nature of the business. Some days I would be working on a task that needed me to be creative and imaginative while other days I would be working with statistics and would need to think analytically. This has helped me to showcase the skills that I already felt confident in, and to develop in areas where I was less confident.

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

The most exciting project I have worked on while on placement was the Could IT Be You? competition. This was aimed at 16-to-18-year-old female students with an aim to encourage them to consider a career in IT. The motivation behind the competition was the shocking statistics that highlighted the lack of females working in the IT industry.

Throughout the competition, we travelled the country, presenting and promoting the competition to different schools. We held a finalists day where the girls with the top 75 competition entries were invited to The Quadrant:MK to participate in fun activities, meet inspirational women from the IT industry and complete their final assessments to determine the winners. Along with helping to plan the finalists day, I was given the opportunity to develop one of the assessment tasks and I was also able to deliver it on the day.

What's been the best thing for you?

The best thing for me while working at Network Rail has to be the team that I have worked in. There was a great dynamic and my assignment manager really pushed me to achieve things I hadn’t expected to on placement. I was given a huge number of opportunities and was able to step out of my comfort zone knowing that I had the full support of my team.

Why Network Rail?

I chose Network Rail because I had heard great things about their placement and graduate schemes. When visiting Network Rail at a careers fair, I got the feeling that they really invest in their placements and graduates, and value them as employees. I also wanted to challenge myself and felt that going into a business the size and scale of Network Rail would allow that.

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