As a civil engineering student with some vacation experience with a consultancy firm, I read with interest the work experience debate (NCE 8/15 August).
Last summer, after my first year at Nottingham University, I worked for two months at WS Atkins Rail in York.
It was a thoroughly exciting, rewarding and enjoyable experience. Far from treating me as a tea-boy, the staff immediately had me working on the feasibility study for a new line for the Manchester Metrolink, before moving me on to do CAD drawings.
The staff encouraged me, listened to me and generally took me under their wing. It gave me an excellent insight into what it was like to work for such a firm.
Boring? Badly paid? Not in my experience.
Michael Redfern, Boswell Road, Doncaster, South Yorkshire DN4 7BJ