With all due respect I’d say that says more about those particular friends than it does anything else. Most non railway folk I speak to (friends or not) know that it’s definitely a respected grade and one that carries great responsibility.
Tell those friends to speak to experienced pilots...
I would say it depends how desperate you are to get the job compared to your current position. If you’re happy enough in your current job and think that it has enough about it to help you get through a recruitment campaign then just hang fire for the drivers jobs.
If you really want a change...
Quite the opposite at the moment. There’s never been so many train managers, catering crew and other internal positions obtaining trainee driver jobs with Virgin.
When going for a driving position no matter who the Toc, starting as a train manager/guard is always beneficial. My advice to anyone...
Because when the recruits waiting start their training they will want more waiting in a talent pool should another bunch of vacancies arise...... saves so much time and is the sensible way to do it.
It’s the way the railway and numerous other industries have worked for quite some time now.
Absolutely spot on. This job isn’t for everyone for many different reasons. The novelty of a decent salary is something that can ware off very quickly if you find it’s not for you.
I know when this job throws it’s worst at me, the last thing that enters my mind is the salary.
10 months is a relative drop in the ocean mate in terms of Talent pools..... some have been sat in them so long they’ve actually forgotten they were in there!..... then end up with a random phone call out of the blue offering them a position.
That’s the only problem with talent pools...
Yeah same here.
Although from what I hear if it’s in the companies interest there is flexibility with that.
No harm putting any transfer request in I suppose and if it’s in their interests to move you earlier then result!