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With reference to your leader Boys watch the girls (NCE 24/31 August), civil and structural engineering is indeed diverse and exciting.

Unfortunately, engineering students leave university with an MEng and £12,000 of debt.

These students are good, have industrial experience, are good managers, work well individually and in teams and can manage their time. They are ideal for a job in civil and structural engineering but also in the civil service, law, accountancy or even teaching - all careers that have, on average, higher starting salaries and better promotion prospects.

The Cambridge University Engineering Society is sponsored by a handful of companies, including Anderson Consulting, who use the sponsorship to help recruitment. Only last week it announced a hike in starting salaries for graduates to £28,000 with a possible £10,000 'golden hello' to eliminate student debts.

Nowadays skilled graduates will not put up with low pay even if the career is fascinating.

There are other careers that they would enjoy just as much with the skills they have.

Henrietta Lawson, Pembroke College, Cambridge, hl238@cam.ac.uk

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