FRA Trainee Questions Here

Any personal questions about the FRA Trainee expereince? My own opinion, not agency opinion or policy.

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  • In reply to rrsafety1:

    Hello rrsafety1, I am a conductor trainee for one of the major railroads and I am considering pursuing an FRA job. I have dual majors from Tulane University in English and Philosophy. I was a Union Iron worker (local 84, Houston) for a few years right out of high school,  and a grant writer for AmeriCorps VISTA right after college. I am 29. Originally I wanted to be a lawyer, but I don't think that I would be happy as one after seeing what my friends are going through just to make six figures and keep up with the Joneses. I was offered a management trainee position with my employer, but my history with iron working (and philosophy, I guess) showed me the importance of practical, hands-on experience in order to gain respect as a leader and authority figure. So, I turned the MT position down to learn the "nuts and bolts of the operation," and went with the CT position, instead (with the option of moving into a MT position in one year). I consider myself to be upwardly mobile but in the sense that this mobility comes with experience and knowledge and not necessarily competitiveness (private sector ethics versus public sector kinda thing) . But I digress, I want a good job and a good life and I think that the Rail Road can offer me that (despite the extraboard!), but I also think that the FRA would be a better match for me.

    On a scale from one to ten what do you think my chances are? Do you think that it is a smart move to use the Rail Road as a springboard into the FRA: am I wasting my time? And finally, any advice on how to go about securing an FRA job: should I go the trainee route, or another?


    Thank you for your time and consideration,


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