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Worked abroad? Is this you?

Letters

A recent Comment (NCE 12 August) mentions the advantage of civil engineering experience overseas, and some regret of not having it.

What might a civil engineer overseas be? I jotted down some ideas.

A manager with no organisation to manage, or one of which he is not aware;

A leader whose followers cannot understand what he says;

A designer in the absence of references and 'type drawings';

A surveyor who may not notice his instrument bending in the sunlight;

A person who would be wise to arrange his home leave before going into the field;

A person with no experience or training in the area, who may be fearful of leaving the compound;

A professional who cannot speak the local language and may not know local histories or appreciate local knowledge.

I recently worried for a new parish priest, in England, who had not been a curate. Could he learn on the job? I doubted it, and suggested a group of parishioners might get together for a weekly seminar with him, to help him (and the parishioners) to learn and apply ideas.

John Knibb, 48 Bellencroft Gdns, Wolverhampton WV3 8DT

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