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Job spot

Network Rail is looking for civil engineering graduates to join in September 2004 (see advertisement page 29). The company explains what you can expect from a career on the railways.

What is Network Rail?

Network Rail is owner and operator of the UK rail infrastructure and responsible for its maintenance. That means 30,000km of track, 2,500 stations, 65,000 bridges, most of which are historic structures over 100 years old, plus embankments, cuttings and other earthworks - and that's by no means all.

What sort of work is on offer?

Well, to give a flavour, there is detailed design, structural assessment, on-site supervision of maintenance and the day to day work we do on track. There is enormous variety - we take your professional development seriously, and we can offer locations UK wide.

Why would I want to work for Network Rail?

There's first class specialist technical training as well as management training. There is also the possibility to fast-track to ICE Chartered or Incorporated status, depending on whether you have a BEng or MEng degree. The range of work we undertake is vast, so there is little chance of getting stuck in a rut. And there is the opportunity of responsibility early in your career. All this while encountering cutting-edge technology. Rail has traditionally been a friendly sector and that's still true today. Balancing tradition with progress, though, there are now more women in senior positions. If you still need persuading, starting salaries for graduates aren't bad and there is generous holiday entitlement and benefits package.

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