Geoff Home states (NCE 24 January) that 'if you want a satisfying career in engineering, then join a contractor or consultant'.
Not true - I have worked in local government now for 10 years and I have been given the opportunity to work on a variety of civil engineering projects, as a designer, as a supervising engineer and more recently as a team leader. I work a mere 40 hours a week and I have flexible working hours, which benefits me and my employer.
The majority of my colleagues from both past and present are experiencing a very satisfying career in civil engineering, with the advantage of having a life outside work. I have had the opportunity to work with many engineers in the public sector who are 'service' orientated and who are dedicated to providing the public with a quality service.
Remember, it is not the time that you spend in work which is important, but how effective you are in your job and how effective you are as a whole person.
Mark Kinvig, team leader, Warrington BC, mark. kinvig@telco4u. net