ATTENTION ALL civil engineers who graduated last year. This is your last chance to win £1,000, reduce that uni overdraft, boost your CV and - maybe - your career. Enter this year's NCE Graduate Awards NOW and all this could be yours - plus a posh trophy to impress your friends.
That is pretty much what happened to last year's winner. 'It helped change the whole course of the following year, ' said Ted Picken, project engineer with specialist contractor Renewable Energy Systems. 'It went some way to clearing my student debt and gave my boss the confidence to send me to America to help build the world's largest windfarm.'
When we phoned Picken early last year to tell him he had been shortlisted, we found him on top of a wet, windswept Scottish hill.
This year we phoned the same mobile number and he responded from another even more remote hillside - the top of 'hot and beautiful'' Woodward Mountain in West Texas. And he credits much of the sudden move west, now supervising construction of over 400 wind turbines, to his company's positive reaction following his win.
The awards are not aimed specifically at academic swots bristling with distinctions.
Enthusiasm, visibly enjoying your work and early initiative will score more brownie points as we search for that £1,000 winner and two £500 runners up.
Fill in a brief entry form, get shortlisted, chat to our top sponsor judges and be applauded at the awards ceremony by bosses from the industry's leading employers - it is that simple and it could be you.
This year's awards will be presented during construction's largest ever recruitment fair - the Construction Careers Event - held on 16-17 March at London's Paragon Hotel. The exhibition is already oversubscribed and the top employers will be there, so all six shortlisted candidates will definitely get noticed.
And not least by our prestigious sponsors: The ICE, BAA, Railtrack, Arup, Babtie, Binnie Black & Veatch, Balfour Beatty, Morrison, Bachy Soletanche, Marshalls and Hays Montrose.
But hurry: you only have until early next week. So contact us NOW for an entry form. And if the Monday 5 February deadline is a problem, tell us how busy you are and perhaps we can stretch it a bit!