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Old age tension

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I was about to fill in the recruitment questionnaire (NCE 8 & 15 November) but then realised that as a retired engineer my views were not being sought. This seems a pity as I believe we may part of the solution.

I decided to retire at 60 from a job which required a 110km round journey each day. I had no great desire to stop completely and would have gladly considered a job which allowed me to retire more gradually at say three days a week or a few weeks at a time.

However nothing was offered and I had no intention of applying for jobs which required 'energetic, single minded individual prepared to give up everything for the company'!

In recent years engineers from local government, central government and others have retired early for all kinds of reasons and as a result the industry has lost a depth of experience. Finding a way to harness the older engineer in a more flexible way could be one solution worth looking at.

Maintenance inspections, trouble shooting, feasibility studies are all tasks best done by people with experience but do not need full time working.

Perhaps the results of a questionnaire aimed at the retired would make interesting reading. In my case it is charities who have benefited from my spare time and not the civil engineering industry.

Duncan Miller (M), miller471@aol. com

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