Luke Bodin, IRO graduate.

Luke Bodin
Director, BusinessAdapts

Luke graduated from the certificate level of our academic programme in Railway Operations Management in November 2017. We caught up with Luke to find out more about his experience as an IRO student and how his studies have benefitted his career.


What lead you to study the certificate level?

When I first joined the industry, my former employer was keen for me to broaden my knowledge of the rail industry to give me a base understanding of how all the different parts come together. After looking at various courses, we decided that best one for me would be the certificate level of the IRO GCU academic programme.

What was your favourite module?

My favourite module was ‘Communication and the Railway Industry’. When I’ve been caught on delayed train, I used to wonder what systems were in place to manage the delays and communicate with customers. It was interesting to learn about the various interfaces that exist between those involved, from the Driver to the station staff.

Can you tell us more about the benefits you experienced from studying with the IRO?

For me, the networking opportunities that the course offered were a key benefit of studying. The lecturers and students were all from a wide range of disciplines, so it was helpful to be able to easily find the answers to any questions that I had.

The course was also extremely affordable and I was able to obtain a formal qualification for quite a small fee, especially when you compare the cost to other university courses. I was offered plenty of resources to support my learning, and there was always a willingness from tutors and fellow students to help me out as much as possible. Whenever I needed any help, all I had to do was ask!

What advice would you give railway professionals who are thinking of studying with the IRO?

My best advice to students starting the course would be to manage your time well. It would help if you reserved one morning and evening a week to study and focus on your work.

The course requires a lot of self motivation and I found it helpful to stay in regular contact with other students on the course. We were able to discuss the topics we had studied and share experiences from our work.

If you’re still undecided about studying a level of the academic programme, remember that you can never know everything about the railway. It’s moving so quickly, so it’s important to always keep learning and adapting.


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