“He has also had discussions with the local community groups and MP to help make valuable changes”
Andrew Doyle is currently on The Go-Ahead Group’s Rail Graduate Programme and has been since June 2016 when he graduated. Andrew attended the University of Leeds in which he studied Geography and Transport Planning making him a strong applicant for The Go-Ahead Rail Graduate Programme.
When he was 16, Andrew landed himself with some extremely valuable work experience with South Eastern which only deepened and further enhanced his interest in the rail sector.
Through his work experience and his own personal experiences travelling, Andrew discovered that the rail industry was an extremely appealing career choice for himself. Through online research, Andrew found The Go-Ahead Rail Graduate Programme on the Gradvert website. His research led him to the conclusion that the rail graduate programme with The Go-Ahead Group suited and supported him best through what it offered him. Andrew admired that the assessment centres were very much people based and allowed face-to-face communication with both his assessors and piers.
Having now been in his role for a few months, Andrew already has helped identify areas of improvement within his role such as customer experience. He has also had discussions with the local community groups and MP to help make valuable changes and an overall positive impact. Andrew finds his role extremely fulfilling. It allows him to think on his feet and make spontaneous decisions and really bring to the role his own ideas. The programme allows Andrew to use his own initiative and therefore create opportunities for himself that will allow him to progress within the business.
Andrew wishes to stay in the rail industry as he continues to progress within his career and help support younger people entering the sector and therefore pass on his knowledge and skills. Additionally, Andrew also wishes to pursue some more managerial roles such as driver management and station management. Andrew feels extremely supported in his current role with The Go-Ahead Group as they’re open to any suggestions and improvements that he may have as they help him to progress and develop.
Andrew’s advice to any current and/or recent graduates is to not worry if you don’t immediately find yourself in your dream career straight away and it’s important to take the time to pursue what you truly want to do. Andrew also recommends taking advantage of what your university offers. Andrew himself was part of his student radio, which he believes helped build his presentation skills and confidence which he has applied to real life scenarios such as presenting at conferences.