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The question - Risk taking

Atkins employees are buying up the company's rock bottom shares expecting to make a killing. What is your biggest gamble to date?

I'm backing myself to pass my Professional Review this autumn.

I'll let you know in the New Year!

Bruce Walton, 30, deputy contracts manager, Manchester Being a conscientious practising civil engineer, I carry out risk assessments for everything I say and do. All gambles (and fun and enjoyment) are therefore eliminated from my daily life.

Robert Pike, 40, senior engineer, Exeter Eating three Weetabix - dry (I was young and needed the money). It was a very sobering experience, which merely confirmed that I hate Weetabix!

Barry O'Driscoll, 31, principal engineer, Gloucester Asking for my spouse's hand in marriage. Did it pay off? It is the best investment I have ever made.

Andrew Fraser, 52, engineer, Stirling The biggest (stupidest? ? ? ) gamble I made was to become a civil engineer! Has it paid off? Not financially.

Dave Garratt, 33, structures examination contract manager, London If you gamble in civil engineering it never pays off. If, on the other hand, you take all reasonable steps, particularly site investigation ones, everyone says what did you make all that fuss for - everything went OK!

Dennis Gedge, consulting engineer, Devon

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