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Doing it the hard way


I am writing in response to comments made by Bob Wilson (NCE last week) regarding the part-time career path. I am in my sixth year of a similar route - ONC, HNC and degree - a total of seven years.

Like Mr Wilson, I am surprised that there is not a more recognisable route to membership for those who have studied the 'harder' parttime route. On graduation I will have seven years invaluable experience in the industry, which gets no more recognition from the Institution than a full time student fresh from university.

Surely some allowance should be made for those who have studied part time and wish to gain Chartered rather than Incorporated status.

I would like to see the Institution develop further guidance for those coming from part time education who do not get the opportunity to study an MEng degree but have the potential to be chartered engineers. Even following conversation with my RLO I was unclear which direction I was heading in.

Lee Meadowcroft (S), l. meadowcroft@virgin. net

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