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How to Become a Railroad Conductor

BY: Career Advice | Category: Careers | Submitted: 2010-11-26 09:59:15
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Article Summary: "A railroad conductor job may look easy, but it too has a lot of roles and responsibilities. Read on to know about them..."

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The railroad conductor job is usually thought to be a job that has very few responsibilities and has a lot of fun attached to it. The truth is to the contrary. This is one of the jobs that have a lot of responsibilities for the person who is doing the job. There are many people who have been trying to get a job as a railroad conductor, but once they have been able to get the job, they have not gone ahead with the job mainly because of the fact that it is not what they dreamed it to be.

The railroad conductor needs to ensure the smooth running of the train and needs to collect tickets too. The people who are working in the train are also supervised by the conductor who has his hands full with a lot of things to worry about when the train is on a journey. This is also the person who needs to be contacted when there are any problems for the people who are on the train. In fact, the conductor is the face of the railways!
If you are planning to embark on a journey as a conductor in the railways, there are certain steps that are needed to be completed. They are listed here.

1. Diploma:

You have to first complete your diploma in your school as this is the basic work that needs to be done. As a train conductor, you will be meeting many hundreds of people each day on a regular basis. To make sure that you are able to communicate properly, you need to be educated up to a certain level. There are also a lot of other things that a person needs to do on the job and all this required education.

2. Previous work:

As a person who has completed the education, you may apply for a job in the railways and start working as there is no specialized qualification that is needed. On the other hand, you may need some kind of experience in the railroad work if you are to be selected over another person for the job. To make this possible, you can try to get started on a small job or even a volunteer work in this job. The conductor is the person who is at the lowest level in the hierarchy and you can claw your way to higher up if you have experience in the job and are able to do it to the best of your ability.

3. Further education:

Though a basic qualification is needed, there need not be a higher qualification, but if you are qualified in some other course that deals with the operations of the railroad, then you are sure to land a job within a few days of completing the course. There are some institutions that offer courses that teach all about railroad operations and this would be the best kind of course for you to complete for becoming a railroad conductor.

Though all these are very important for a person in the profession, the hands on job experience is quite a different story and you have to be very good in public relations as you will be dealing with the people on a regular basis and need to be able to communicate with them and make quick decisions in case of any emergency.

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