I applied for the Network Rail Graduate Scheme through the app Debut. I received a 'talent spot' which prompted me to research more about the structure of the scheme and the opportunities offered.
I chose Network Rail's Graduate Scheme because it is divided into rotations around the business in HR centres of expertise and in the business areas where the relevant HR generalist teams sit. So far, I have worked in the Safety, Technical, Engineering and Group Digital Railway, Industrial Relations and HR Operatioms on four monthly rotations. I have just started a Business Partnering rotation one September with the Infrastrutcure Projects Sognalling team and this will last six months.
In addition to my day job, I have undertaken the CIPD Level 5 qualification. Ensuring you have the theoretical knowledge to back up practical decisions you are making in the workplace is key.
A time that has stood out to me was working in the Industrial Relations team. I found the environment not only dynamic and fast paced but the history of Network Rail's terms and conditions, dating back to British Rail days, thoroughly interesting.
A few other projects that I have been involved in include: rewriting the 2019 graduate assessment centre, working on the HR induction and reviewing policies as well as writing policy briefs to help employees better understand them.
I would say the challenge with being on the Graduate Scheme is the number of teams you love between and work with. However, I also believe that you should never have a feeling of being too settled because you are at risk then of your learning becoming stagnant. Being on the Graduate Scheme gives me the opportunity to gain a wealth of knowledge, but what I also love is the chance to meet so many people across the function and business because of the rotations.