"Currently, I am a Rail Operator at GBRf. The typical day to day at work for me involves personal preparation for my train shunting duties (ensuring I have charged up any devices I need and I have all relevant equipment with me). Once I'm at the location I'm working at, I’m responsible for safely accepting and departing freight trains in and out of yard or terminal. I really enjoy problem solving and liaising with our customers to gain the best way of doing something to fulfil business needs. Each day can vary a lot, as each location and I go to is different – from a container train to a train carrying sand used to make glass. This is what keeps the job interesting for me. Although each day can vary, safety is paramount in every working day for me."
I enjoyed my experience at school and my favourite subject was Philosophy and Ethics. I feel I benefited from this subject a lot with debating and questioning different subject matters. I now apply my questioning skills I attained from this subject in my current role if I'm ever unsure about anything. I left Sixth Form halfway through the studying year, as I realised it wasn't the path I wanted to take. I don't regret this decision, as I managed to find a brilliant career path along with many amazing opportunities within GBRf.
While I was in Year 10 at school, I started working at a local pub. I went for a job before I left school to give myself the best opportunity at applying for a job in the future, and to gain experience working with a wide selection of people in society. I then worked in a few more hospitality industry-based jobs while I decided what direction I wanted my career to go in. I eventually joined GBRf when I was 17 as a Roster Clerk, which involved planning traincrew (drivers and rail operators) to relevant work. After working in rosters for a year I moved into the commercial side of the business, where I would check resources and availability to fulfil customer requests from Network Rail in relation to their engineering trains.
I recently completed my training to become a Rail Operator at GBRf which was based in Peterborough at our new training facility. This training has proved invaluable and has really furthered my career. It was a massive change compared to my previous office roles within GBRf, however this big step has really assisted me to grow as an individual. Before this training I had previously completed a course from the Institution of Rail Operators. I did this to gain more knowledge on the rail industry as a whole and I'm thankful that GBRf gave me this opportunity.
I enjoy going to the gym, swimming and socialising with friends and family. I realise having a work-life balance is really very important.