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Students' swingometer challenge for Sainsbury

NORTH WESTERN graduates and students put Roger Sainsbury to the test last week and judged his success with a Peter Snow style swingometer.

Sainsbury was asked to convince the students that they should pursue civil engineering as a career, after a debate between the pros and cons of becoming an engineer or an accountant came down on the side of the accountant.

Speaking for engineering, students posed as a young, enthusiastic engineer just back from VSO, a female site agent and a 70-year old who had had a good life as a civil engineer.

Speaking against engineering were students charading as a chartered accountant earning more money, a sexist site foreman and a disillusioned middle aged municipal engineer.

The audience of 130, voted narrowly against entering engineering as a profession before Sainsbury was asked to change their minds.

The ICE president responded by saying that he would tell anyone who asked that he had thoroughly enjoyed his life as a civil engineer and if he had

his time over again he would make exactly the same choices.

The fun was prefaced by serious research from a member of NWA about the progress of 1997 graduates from Manchester University of UMIST.

Research found that 29% of civil and structural engineering graduates went into the industry and 21% into other employment; 20% did further study, 20% returned overseas and 10% did not respond.

National figures showing the percentage of civils graduates entering the Institution over a number of years showed that 10% became members, 3% associate members, 1% technician members and 86% did not pass or apply.

North Western Graduates and Students will now produce a survey of members to find out their perceptions of the institution and the profession.

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