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Calling all students. Do you want free career advice and the chance of a trip to New York? Then read on?.

Students

NCE and leading consultant WSP have once again joined together to repeat our successful How to Get a Job in Civil Engineering.

Live event in December this year.

Last year's event was a rip-roaring success. More than 50 civils students from around the country made the trip to Edinburgh and picked up useful advice from WSP and other top industry employers on how to get a great first job. And recent graduates were on hand to reveal just what to expect in the rst few months of work.

Advice offered included details on how the industry really works, interview techniques, what it's like to work for a consultant, client or contractor, how to write a CV, what you can earn and how to qualify with the ICE.

But it wasn't all work. There was a party atmosphere and students made new friends and created networks that will help them throughout their careers.

We are launching How to Get a Job in Civil Engineering 2007?.Live in September. To get the avour of the event go to www. nceplus. co. uk/ edinburgh06

On the town Oran Hassan from Nottingham University won a trip to New York hosted by WSP at the How to Get a Job in Civil Engineering?.Live event. He explains what happened on one of the days.

'Today started at WSP Cantor Seinuk with an office tour. The walls were covered with awards, pictures, and building designs from around the world.

'Mechanical engineer Michael Kerin and project manager Frank walked and talked me through the air conditioning, ventilation, heat transfer systems and generators of the New York Times Building.

I was fascinated by the mechanical engineering, it was my original choice at university.

'They explained the theories behind the systems, how they use the temperature outside to control the internal climate. Apparently all the big corporations want to be based in award-winning, environmentally-friendly buildings as it helps their company prole.

'Katalin Palyi-Hoppe, structural engineer for WSP CS, provided commentary on this huge building (third tallest in New York).

Katalin's from Hungary and told me the biggest change she encountered was adapting to the imperial system. I can't begin to imagine trying to calculate everything in inches, pounds, pints and Fahrenheit.

'Katalin's moment to shine came at The Plaza Hotel (remember Home Alone 2? ).

'The outer builder's lift took us to the roof for some staggering views of Manhattan, and we glimpsed Central Park from a $2.5M condo. Definitely worth the price tag I think.

'I had a great afternoon with Katalin and Michael, getting to know two real New Yorkers.

'Ouch. I'm feeling light headed, it was 'Beer Friday' at the Flack & Kurtz ofce. Michael Kerin invited me back after our site visit.'

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