Graduate in breakout area

General management

Our general management scheme for graduates

Who you are

You’re a people person with a creative flair for solving problems. With excellent analytical skills, you’re adept at understanding and interpreting data and presenting it in a clear, informative way. You’ll demonstrate the leadership skills, drive and determination of a future senior manager. You’re flexible and prepared to move around the organisation, grasping every opportunity to develop yourself and your career.

How long is the scheme?

One year

Where you’ll be based

Opportunities are available across Britain, at locations including Bristol, Derby, Doncaster, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Milton Keynes, Reading, Singlewell, Three Bridges and York.

What you’ll be doing

You’ll experience the full spectrum of operational route activities through a series of placements, giving you real first-hand experience of how the railway is run as a business. By exploring our key stakeholder relationships and liaising with the train and freight operators, you’ll learn about the challenges we all face as we work together to deliver excellent customer service.

Through a mix of office-based and front-line activities, including some shift work, you’ll be out in all weathers getting your hands dirty. Depending on your chosen Route, you might be walking on the roof of Waterloo station or exploring the challenges faced by our rural routes in Scotland.

You’ll gain an understanding of the four main areas in a route: the customer; operational overviews; business services and other activities. Throughout your placements you’ll build up a fantastic all-round knowledge of the railway and get to travel the country at the same time.

Entry requirements

2:2 in any degree subject

What opportunities are available at the end of the scheme?

Previous graduates have gone on to management roles in a number of functions, including Safety, HR, Station Management, Performance, Finance and Operations.

Why you should choose this scheme

This is a flexible scheme that enables you to choose placements based on your interests and ambitions. Throughout the year, you’ll gain a great all-round knowledge of how Network Rail works, opening up a variety of opportunities for your future career with us.

Network Rail is an incredible place to work, something I didn’t quite appreciate before joining. Whatever your strengths and passions, there will be a job for you somewhere on the railway. The variety and breadth of what we do means there is always something new to try and difficult challenges to resolve.

The comradery and teamwork within the industry is impressive and endeared me to the company during the interview process. One of the unique things about working for a public company is the great sense that everyone is working for the betterment of the railway network rather than the benefit of shareholders or the stock market.

Rory Jee