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Legendary pay

High graduate salaries are not a myth.

There is an avenue of the profession that does indeed provide rewards from an early stage, directly commensurate with performance and certainly in excess of the £37,000 mentioned by the ICE director general Tom Foulkes (Letters last week).

Combining the technical skills of civil engineering with the commercial acumen of a professional sales career will give the highest prospects for graduate engineers. OK, they will not achieve such salaries straight after graduating and need a few years experience but thereafter the growth will be rapid.

Construction product manufacturers depend on skilled and experienced professionals to promote new solutions to consulting engineers. This is an opportunity for experienced graduates just as much as for chartered engineers.

Being able to understand a client’s needs as well as the technical aspects of the design, however, appears to be a combination of skills that is in particularly short supply and hence when found is truly rewarded.

ALAN BAMFORTH, managing director, ABG Ltd, E7 Meltham Mills Road, Meltham, Holmfirth, HD9 4DS

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