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On the spot

Full name: Ellis Walker

Age: 25

Qualifications: BEng in Civil Engineering from Heriot-Watt

Company: Ove Arup & Partners

Current job: Assistant resident engineer on the Millennium Bridge, following 18 months as part of the design team.

Best thing about the job: Seeing things you have worked on become real.

And the worst: Cold rainy days

Most useful lesson you have learnt as an engineer: Do not take confrontations personally. They are part of the job and, no matter how much you enjoy work, leave it behind when you leave the office.

Advice to engineers just starting out: Try and work with people who you respect and can learn from.

Anything else: Last year I went on a wood sculpture course in the south of France but my favourite break has to be a mad weekend with friends in New York and then going straight from the airport into work (not very productive)

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