I had the impression that our Institution's wish was to encourage people to become civil engineers.
I find the article Working Lives (NCE 11/25 December) rather at odds with that objective, with its generic statement that 'civil engineers lead stressful lives', due to the demands made on them and the setting up of 'immediate 24 hour crisis intervention'.
I appreciate that it has become common to provide counselling in many situations and I think it may be good for it to be made available by our Benevolent Fund for occasions when it might be appropriate.
However I think it quite wrong to blanket our profession in this negative and disincentual way.
John Richardson Benevolent Fund member jande. richardson@virgin. net