Boston Spotlight: Ian McMorran talks about his career in the industry and his experience of working with Boston Rail

December 3, 2021
  1. Hi Ian! Let’s kick things off, what do you like to get up to in your spare time outside of work?

Outside of work I enjoy busy family life, swimming, and running. I am currently renovating the family home and have a couple of project vehicles on the go.

2. Have you always wanted to work in Rail? If so, how did you join the industry? What was your career leading up to joining Boston Rail?

In the last year of my career in the Army, I was applying for jobs in Telecoms and Signalling within the rail industry, having spoken to friends in the industry.  Unfortunately, the pandemic hit and put us into lockdown through my last few months in the army which halted a lot of applications, interviews and my resettlement courses.

Boston Rail kept in touch with me and I continued through the interview process with them whilst working for myself, bathroom fitting.  Another couple of lockdowns occurred but Boston Rail was able to provide me with an interview via teams and I was lucky enough to be offered the position.  Although lockdown postponed my start date, the team at Boston Rail kept in touch and sorted my training and also sponsored me through getting my Sentinel card.

3. Why did you choose a career in the rail industry and what piece of advice would you give someone looking to start their career in Rail?

Having worked within Telecoms and having friends now in the rail industry I was given advice that this would be a new challenge that I would enjoy getting my teeth stuck into.

 I was surprised to be learning what felt like a whole new language, but the people I was working with, and Boston rail were supporting me all the way.

The advice I would give would be to expect a very steep learning curve if you are new to the industry like I was, but if you are after a fulfilling career with prospects, then go for it.

4. What do you find the most challenging about working in this industry?

I have been learning something new daily and some days can be very heavy on new information to learn, understand, and then be able to deliver.

5. Has the rail industry undergone any changes during your career? Where do you see it going in the future?

Having only worked in the rail industry for 8 months I can’t really comment on the change, however, there is a lot of work to maintain and upgrade the current infrastructure and will be as long as the railway is there.

6. Can you talk a little bit about what you get up to on an average day working with Boston Rail?

My days have been varying day by day, week by week.  I have presented information I need to produce designs, I then work on the designs being mentored on projects that are new to me.  Once I feel I have completed the design it is then reviewed by a senior designer, I then make any alterations brought up by the review.

 I am currently working on a few projects at varying stages of completion which is helping me to understand the process of how they are delivered. 

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