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The question Golf

How important is the ability to play golf to the success of your career as a civil engineer?

Should success come down to my performance in a round of golf, then it seems I will be condemned to a life as office boy, never having picked up a club in my life! Social activities in the office are a great way of meeting people, clients, customers, colleagues, competitors. However, social activites used by the greedy to ensure professional climbing, no.

David Cormie, 22, structural engineer, Warrington

I have played but concluded that I was not destined to be a great golfer. I now suspect that my lack of interest in golf is almost certainly the reason that, regardless of the quality of my work and my commitment to my employer, golf playing colleagues (who by coincidence also happen to be male) have progressed far higher and more rapidly than I have. I conclude that playing golf is extremely important to my career and shall start an intensive course of tuition immediately.

PS. Would this constitute CPD?

Andria Hubbard, 33, structural engineer, Exeter

When my fellow engineers take to the golf course the design office is perhaps only 50% occupied. I am therefore able to take advantage of the reduced demands on the computer network, printers, photocopiers, etc, and find that my work output increases significantly.

However, unlike the rapid progress of my schemes, the same cannot be said of my career!

Robert Armstrong, 50, engineer, Merseyside

I believe it is important for one's career prospects to be noticed by senior management and to have a non office environment in which to talk to them. However, golf is not the only method of achieving this and I have worked in other offices where it is more important to sail, play football or just drink at the pub.

Lucy Wynn, 30, wastewater engineer, Cambridge

I don't think playing golf does anything for your career prospects and most of the people I know feel the same way about it. A jolly good evening down the local is a much better way of networking.

Mark Cowieson, 24, site civil engineer, London

I am not aware that playing golf has had any bearing on my career as a civil engineer.

Shame really, because I do play and being in Scotland, there is ample opportunity to do so.

Mark Finch, 32, offshore engineer, Scotland

I didn't believe people played golf as part of their career enhancement except in the unreality of Morse and Columbo. Oh how naive! Since bandying this question around my eyes have been opened.

There seem to be plenty of senior staff who attribute playing golf to their success. The crux of this matter is, therefore, if you can socialise with people who influence your career it will be beneficial.

If playing golf is that medium then play golf. I shall have to give the matter of taking it up some serious thought!

Yvette Powell, 27, project engineer, Watford

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