Apart from chasing my dream of loco driving, which may be near impossible, just as an off the topic question, I'm wondering whether PN takes on engineers (Mechanical engineers/rolling stock engineers). I'm degree qualified in Mechanical Engineering, also have a Masters in Rolling Stock Engineering, which I completed last year. I only have 12 months work experience in engineering of which almost half was with Downer Rail so I'm still considered as someone at a "graduate" level. Since my contract ended with Downer Rail, I've been struggling to find work. I know of one person who works as a Reliability manager with PN coal in Newcastle and he also undertook the masters course.
You can tell that all this education makes me "overqualified" in loco driving.
Certainly not an impossible dream - just one in high demand, don't lose faith as it will happen eventually for you. Certainly we do employ engineers in those fields, however it seems they are far and few between in our business as the majority of this work is outsources to the likes of Downer and UGL.
I don't believe that your education makes you overqualified at all, I think I mentioned to another forum member some time ago that some of our loco drivers have come from all walks of life, one of them had a long career in the public service in several management roles before becoming a trainee driver and then a qualified driver.
To your note on receiving the unsuccessful email on Sunday - it would have been because we use an automated & time delayed system, whereby your application will be reviewed on say, Thursday and deemed not suitable - an unsuccessful letter can be sent either instantly or a few days later.