Career switches

Rail has career options for people of all ages and with many different types of experience. Whether you have experience in customer service, administration, IT, finance, human resources, project management or sustainability – or are looking for something completely new – there is a career in rail for you.

What roles are available (and where)?

Rail has a wide range of roles – so it is likely that you can transfer your skills and experience to a career in the rail industry. People are needed in the rail industry right throughout the UK, so there is demand no matter where you are based.

If you want to retrain, apprenticeships are a great option – they’re not just for school leavers. Learn on the job and get paid at the same time.


Hear from those who have switched to a career in rail

Rachel Halliday Case Study

Before joining the railway, I’d spent nine years working in the health and fitness industry and I was beginning to feel a bit stuck. I wasn’t sure where my career was going to go next...
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Nathaniel Legall Case Study

What’s your job? I am an ecologist. My job involves assessing sites for their biodiversity value across the railway, particularly on the lineside, where there are fantastic areas for habitats, which different animals and plans can exist, and basically mitigate the impacts of our works on them and to make sure they have somewhere to live and make sure the railway remains operational.
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