6/115: The NCE Graduate Awards
Who would have though it? Being Brunel passed the 1000 views mark this week! Oh, and I was also short-listed for the NCE Graduate Awards. The top six of one hundred and fifteen, apparently. I can only assume that someone on the panel has a sense of humour and forgave my somewhat tounge-in-cheek entry.
The majority of past winners visited a sewage treatment works in their childhood. Who would have thought infrastructure so humble could be the founding inspiration of so many?
All this has had the unexpected side-effect of making me too busy to get this week’s post together in time. Although when the interviews are over and the awards are all, well, awarded, I’ll have a whole new story to share; so fret-ye-not.
De-railed, I’ve done some hasty research into the last five winners of the award instead.
The Average Graduate of the Year
The first question is: who is this NCE Graduate of the Year? It turns out the average winner is a 60% male (the statistics are silent about how this is proportioned) consulting engineer who spends nearly two thirds of neir time working for Arup.
Surprised by the unanimous victories of the consultants- I did a little more digging. It turns out that 2004 was the last year a contractor won the award, and I can say- without a doubt- that 2012 won’t see a change of fortune (as all those short-listed are consultants). David Hayward, who is the awards sectary, has pointed out that this isn’t a bias of the judges, but rather the entrants- with only 19% of the graduates entering this year being contractors.
NCE’low’s Hierarchy of Needs
Inspired by Maslow, I also took the chance to see what experience and qualifications were typical in previous winners (reversed for clarity):
Looking at the last five winners, an MEng is a must, and a first/distinction helps. Charity work features heavily as does talking in schools and playing sport. Surprisingly being on an ICE Graduate committee, or winning prizes does very little.
Perhaps most bewildering, is that the majority of past winners visited a sewage treatment works in their childhood. Who would have thought infrastructure so humble could be the founding inspiration of so many? Unfortunately I haven’t visited a sewage treatment works, although I have toured Dungeness Nuclear Power Station, so I’m hoping this will make the grade!
Looking at all these statistics, it turns out that the chances of me actually winning the NCE Graduate of the Year award is about 1 in 7.5.
Considering that it was 1 in 6 before I started researching the previous winners, I think it’s fair to say that these findings should be treated, as all statistics, with a pinch of salt.