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I want to remain an engineer: please help me!

Letters

I am studying for a MEng in architectural engineering at Cardiff University and was looking forward to spending a year with an engineering company experiencing first hand the work that awaits upon graduation.

But having written over 20 letters seeking a placement for the year or even just some experience during the holidays I have received not one positive response. Instead of gaining valuable experience shadowing an engineer, I have had to work in factories and supermarkets.

In my short time as an ICE member I have already become disillusioned with the profession. I am at a highly rated university on a very good degree course. An industrial year is an ideal opportunity to broaden my education and skills. The ICE is fighting a losing battle to recruit if people are treated in this way.

Robin Everall, robeverall@breathe.com

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