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The Construction Careers Event.

If you want a broad ranging view on what a career in civil engineering can offer, visit the Construction Careers Event, Friday and Saturday 9 and 10 November. Twenty four organisations will be at the event and 20 seminars are lined up, covering a broad spectrum of civils-related topics (NCE last week). The show runs from 10am-7pm, Friday 9 November and 10am-5pm, Saturday 10 November, at the Paragon Hotel, Lillie Road, Earl's Court, London SW6 1UQ. Register on the door, or in advance by calling (0870) 429 4346 or at www. careersinconstruction. com

2001 UMIST careers fair.

Students from Manchester, Salford and Manchester Metropolitan universities, as well as those from UMIST, will attend this year's UMIST Civil & Construction Engineering Society's annual careers fair. It takes place on 12 December at the Renolds Building, UMIST, and offers help and advice for everyone from first years looking for vacation work to final year students seeking graduate positions. Last year's event attracted more than 40 companies, including Balfour Beatty, Carillion, Costain and Parkman. The fair is open to students in electrical, mechanical, building and environmental engineering, as well as civil engineering and quantity surveying.

It will provide industry with the opportunity to address the construction professionals of the future on an informal basis. For more information, contact Gary Fairhurst at Gary.Fairhurst@student. umist. ac. uk

Health in a 24 hour society.

The increasing demand of many societies for people to work outside office hours could have negative influences on health, legal, and economic outcomes, suggest authors of a review article in the The Lancet. Around 20% of workers in urban societies work outside regular office hours, claim Shantha Rajaratnam and Josephine Arendt from the Centre for Chronobiology at the University of Surrey. They say 'desynchronisation of circadian rhythms' - which is common in shift workers - has a detrimental effect on work performance and increases the risk of sleep disruption, gastrointestinal disorders, and cardiovascular disease.

'The cost to the nation's health of working out of phase with our biological clocks is probably incalculable at present. In the short term, poor sleep, gastrointestinal problems, higher accident rate, and social problems are evident, ' Rajaratnam adds.

Keep on working.

As the first wave of the world's baby boom generation approaches retirement age, researchers at Cornell University in the US have found that about a third of the boomers surveyed plan to keep on working. 'Our study suggests there is a fundamental shift in how baby boomers view retirement, ' comments Phyllis Moen, a professor of sociology and human development at Cornell. 'Many do not view retirement as the end of work but rather as a change in work and lifestyle, a time to do what you like rather than what you have to, including travelling, volunteering and more education.'

Whether the same applies to Britain's baby boomers remains to be seen.

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