JACOBS BABTIE senior civil engineer Steve Everton has won the Graduates & Students National Committee's fit Civil Engineering Mentor of the year award.
His alternative approach to becoming a successful engineer is what prompted his protégés to put his name forward.
'I don't look at the ICE process as a box-ticking exercise; it's much more than that.
Qualifi ations are just something you achieve on the way to becoming an engineer, ' he said.
'I've been mentoring for five or six years and believe the key is introducing graduates to the various opportunities the industry offers by sending them round all the departments to meet people.' 'It's essential for graduates to help each other through the process, but equally important that they are each allowed to develop their own wisdom and learn from their own mistakes.' Everton continued: 'When they're fresh out of university they're full of enthusiasm. We need to capture that enthusiasm and use it to spur on the older graduates.' His own experiences on the route to qualifi cation have influenced his attitude.
'My first three months of work was a miserable experience, but then I moved departments and everything changed. We're all sparked off by different things.' Dedication and enthusiasm are key to Everton's mentoring style and he imposes these attributes on his graduates.
'There is very little difference between a young bright engineer and an Olympic athlete. You are not going to become an Olympic athlete in civils by only doing 40 hours a week. You have to eat, sleep and breathe your career every moment of the day, ' he