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Career off the road


Antony Oliver is quite right to remind us of the impending change to Eurocodes over the next four years or so (NCE last week).

As a sole practitioner who earns a living from designing building structures I have estimated that it will cost me at least £20,000 to buy, and become familiar with, the 26 codes I would need to use on an everyday basis.

More salient however is Oliver's observation, 'the door should be open to European business opportunitieswhich was what the whole project was originally about'. In other words you will be able to compete with highly competent Polish engineers and others from the enlarged European Union, for which a salary of less than half the UK rate would be considered a King's ransom.

Sounds like quite an incentive to potential engineering graduates saddled with ever increasing personal debt! With no prospect of early retirement due to my meagre pension provision, I am seriously looking at a career change.

Steve Gladstone (M), 36 Meadow Close, Solihull B94 6PG

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