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Disillusioned engineers offer their all to VSO

DISAFFECTED CIVIL engineers are at the forefront of an upsurge of applications to Voluntary Service Overseas, according to a new report.

A 'flood of civil engineers', opting to resign their jobs and start VSO assignments in developing countries, was picked out as a driving force behind the 68% rise in applications from the construction industry.

A VSO statement said: 'In the last six months 19,000 people have contacted VSO to enquire about going overseas. This includes a flood of civil engineers, builders and site supervisors coming to VSO to find real job satisfaction and a rewarding professional challenge.'

An NOP survey for VSO cites a crisis in job satisfaction as a reason for the upturn. Over half those surveyed said they were forced to work longer hours. More than one in four had different values to their employers. Faced with a choice between doing a job they enjoyed and one that paid more, 64% said they would do the job they enjoyed.

According to a recent report in the The Guardian: 'Workers are fleeing Britain in droves to start afresh in the world's war zones, shanty towns and drought stricken wildernesses.'

Two chartered civil engineers spoke about the desire for a more dynamic life as a civil engineer as a major factor in their decision to go and work overseas.

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