Young Rail Professionals: Mohammed Al-Sharif

The Young Rail Professionals (YRP) network was established in 2009 to bring together people from all aspects of the rail industry, and to inspire the next generation of rail professionals. We’ve been speaking to the YRP Ambassadors recently to find out why they chose this industry and what they think the impact of institutions like the National College for High Speed Rail will be.

Name: Mohammed Al-Sharif
Job Title: Civil Engineer
Location: LNW
Company: Network Rail (@networkrail)

Mohammed, tell us what you love most about your job.
I enjoy the variety of work I get to be involved in, from technical areas to broader aspects of projects. Working for Network Rail is brilliant because they offer opportunities to see the entire life cycle of railway projects, and they encourage you to learn about all the different disciplines involved.

What excites you about the future of the rail industry?
The investment in railways across the UK and the devolution of powers to local routes and transport authorities. Personally, I am excited about the investment in Wolverhampton; my local city. The railway station is having a £40m upgrade and there are plans to create an interchange similar to Birmingham New Street.

What would your advice be to someone entering this industry for the first time?
My advice would be to join a company that will invest in your training, build a good relationship with your manager and take every opportunity that you can.

What inspired you to join this industry?
My first internship saw me complete a summer placement with Arup working on HS2. Since then I have been working in the rail sector on major projects such as Tottenham Court Road Station in London, enabling works for HS2 and various railway bridge designs.

If an institution like the National College for High Speed Rail had existed when you were studying, would you have applied?
If I’d had the choice, I would have chosen a institution like the National College for High Speed Rail. It will open doors to major opportunities on HS2 and the wider rail industry for anyone who studies there and excels.