The dream of riding the rails for a living is in the heart of many young students throughout the United Kingdom and Europe. After all, they have spent a good part of their lives on public transportation and using rail services to get from one town to another. Staring out the window at the passing landscape, a young pupil can dream of one day working on the railway and ensuring that millions of people can get to where they need to go. For many young graduates, their dreams can be realised by conducting a savvy job hunt involving a variety of resources.
Initially, a graduate looking for the right train vacancies should consult with friends, colleagues, and family to see if there are any connections to utilise. Perhaps an uncle or former university colleague knows a hiring manager at a local train depot. No matter how minor the connection, utilising these opportunities correctly can lead to a smoother path through the interview process. After contacting people with connections to the train industry, graduates should then put together a list of their ideal rail opportunity. Some graduates want to work with smaller rail lines, historic train companies, and other local level opportunities in order to stay close to home. Other professionals want the opportunity for high levels of advancement, choosing to pursue major railway positions. With the list of characteristics in mind, a graduate can find and apply to their ideal job.
From the ideal list of company characteristics, a train professional needs to start first by looking at general job sites. These sites, ranging from UK-specific to continental wide sites, offer a special section for railway jobs of all kinds. While these sites feature jobs with no relation to train vacancies, they do feature a long list of job openings for railway professionals.
After searching the general sites, a railway aspirant should narrow their search to industry-specific sites. There are many rail and train publications that offer listings for open positions. These publications include union newspapers and government sites, which can connect a railway professional directly to the people in charge of hiring train professionals. There are also many industrial recruiting agencies which focus on filling railway and train vacancies for their corporate clients. All of these specific resources serve not only to help a railway professional find a new job but gain an appreciation for the complexity of the train and rail job market.