Jennifer Ward

IT & Business Services

"I delivered my own project for them; to take on that challenge, and succeed, has been amazing for my personal development."

Computer Science and Maths, University of Manchester

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

Network Rail is huge – obviously we maintain the track and other infrastructure of the railway, but there’s a vast array of supporting functions behind that – technology being just one of them. IT & Business Services graduates can take advantage of so many opportunities, and will be given real responsibility – we are well regarded and always in demand, so you can pick and choose what work you take on.

How varied have you found your role at Network Rail?

Very much so – however the great thing about the IT & Business Services scheme is that it’s flexible. You choose your own rotations, which can be as short or long as you like, and can vary hugely in department and role. I’ve done rotations in project management both inside and outside Group Business Services, and am now doing a more technical role – but even within that, the work I do is incredibly varied. As well as the day job that I do, I’ve gotten involved in a range of activities through the graduate scheme, from presenting in schools, to speed interviewing university students. 

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

I worked for the Crossrail Programme for nine months, which has definitely been the most exciting thing I’ve done so far. I enjoyed working alongside my customers and much closer to the operational railway. I delivered my own project for them; to take on that challenge, and succeed, has been amazing for my personal development.

What's been the best thing for you?

The rotational nature of the graduate scheme means I can try out all kinds of roles – I’ve loved all the work I’ve done so far and I’m excited for trying out even more! 

Why Network Rail?

I’ve always had an interest in the railway, but when I found out about the range of technology roles available to placements and graduates I knew I wanted to work here. I applied for an industrial placement, and at the end was offered the chance to return as a graduate – I’d enjoyed my year so much that I was incredibly keen to accept it.

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