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Inspirational message

LETTERS

Strangely, I find myself reading and identifying with your enthusiasm (NCE Comment 1 September), not just about water butts - although a sustainable garden water supply is ever more important - but because it reminds me why I am an engineer.

Passion, racticality, pragmatism and the ability to convince someone else of the greatness of an idea are qualities which most engineers possess in abundance.

Sadly, though, much of the exuberance of every engineer's quality is significantly stifled in our claim-driven society.

One of the most heart wrenching aspects of the current skills crisis in engineering is that young people have a lot to offer.

They are fearless, embrace new ideas and change and are unaffected by 'work related baggage'.

Many established engineers still possess these qualities, even if they are bubbling some depth below the surface.

Yet it is there. It is no secret that engagement breeds engagement, inspired people inspire others and sheer enthusiasm over just about anything is infectious.

The key is how to unleash the enthusiasm within us and use it to inspire creativity, belonging and a sense of pride. If we go about our day to day jobs in an uninspired and mundane fashion then the results that we produce reflect this.

In a climate of organisational change the message in your comment is key and I hope to take steps to encourage the engineer's lost enthusiasm where I work - thanks for your inspiration!

Sarah Maytum, maintenance engineer, Kent Highway Services - Mid Kent Division, Maidstone

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