Careers Newsletter: December 2022
Careers Spotlight: Railway track worker
When you talk about jobs in the railway industry people tend to think about train drivers, but there are thousands of people working in the background to make sure the trains continue to run safely including the track maintenance crews.
Railway track maintenance crews work may include:
Inspecting and repairing railway tracks, bridges, tunnels and viaducts
Installing and renewing track, tunnels, embankments, cuttings, level crossings and bridges
Checking sections of track are the correct distance apart and right height
Inspecting tracks for defects
Reporting and clearing potential obstacles, for example after bad weather
Surveying sections of track to identify maintenance needs
Reporting accidents and incidents
Performing lookout and hand signaling duties during trackside operations
You'll use hand tools, pneumatic drills and welding equipment. For major repairs and to lay new track, you'll use heavy machinery.
You'll normally work in shifts covering days, nights and weekends, in all weather conditions. You'll be given protective clothing like reflective overalls, a hard hat and safety boots. For safety reasons, there are strict policies on drug and alcohol use and you could be tested at any time.
This role would be ideal for someone with practical and mechanical work, excellent team working skills, and an awareness of safe working practices on the railways.
You'll need to have good eyesight and be physically fit, as you'll have to pass a medical before you can start training for this role.
If you want to find out more about this please click on the links below
Boosting your CV
So what is a CV? CV is short for Curriculum Vitae and is a short document which summarises your unique skills, character, experience and achievements.
For students it can feel difficult to know what to write as you haven't had the time to build up the experience that employers always seem to want.
In this section we will look at ways of making your CV stand out for future employers so you can get that dream job. So far we have looked at ideas such as attending after school clubs and work experience placements. This month we consider what many think of as the core of a CV, your academic achievements.
Make the most of your academic achievements:
Most people list their GCSE and A-level results, but very few make the effort to make their qualifications stand out. For example, if you’ve been highly commended for a particular project or assignment, why not mention it on your CV?
Although your CV should follow a set structure, you should also do what you can to make yourself stand out from the crowd. Think about the order you list your qualifications, putting the best qualifications or the ones that you want to draw attention at the top of the list is often a good idea.
The link below will help you put together your CV