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No talent no progress! An attitudinal study on rail careers with a sample of rail professionals

Lookup NU author(s): Anna Fraszczyk, Dr Marin Marinov



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of a conference proceedings (inc. abstract) that has been published in its final definitive form by UIC Expertise Development Platform, 2017.

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There are many definitions and understandings of a word ‘talent’. Since a ‘talent’ can be interpret in various ways this issue of defining a ‘talent’ in the railways is even more challenging due to complexity of the railway sector. Over the last two years 70+ railway professionals worldwide have been asked to complete a 9-question career sheet where two of the key questions asked were ‘What is a Talent?’ and ‘Why the rail industry should engage with talents?’. The paper presents analyses of responses given by rail professionals including personal reasons why the professionals decided to join the industry and opinions about challenges the industry currently faces. The expected outcomes of the analyses are to provide guidance for the railway industry in terms of recruiting and retaining new talented workforce.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Fraszczyk A, Marinov M, Amirault N

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: WCRT2017 - 4th UIC World Congress on Rail Training

Year of Conference: 2017

Online publication date: 05/04/2017

Acceptance date: 09/01/2017

Date deposited: 27/04/2017

Publisher: UIC Expertise Development Platform