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On the spot

Name: Jason Graham

Age: 30

Qualifications: BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering

Current job: Site engineer, Berkeley Festival Waterfront Company

Best thing about this job: Gaining practical experience in a number of areas. Three of the most hazardous activities of any construction site - deep excavations, tower cranes and working over water are combined, so health and safety is a high priority. This makes for a vibrant and stimulating working environment.

... and the worst: The project is fast track, with many of the elements constructed on site often being amended to suit final occupancy. This can be frustrating but can be overcome by quick and effective action.

Any advice for young civil engineers: Be sure what you want to be doing in 15 years time, as civil engineering is a long term career. You need to be flexible and robust to survive but the rewards are worthwhile.

Anything else: After graduating I walked the 438km long Penine Way in 15 days and climbed the 5,423m summit of Mount Kenya.

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