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CIVIL SERVICE AND ENGINEERING.

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CIVIL SERVICE AND ENGINEERING. In our opinion, there are few better fields of employment than the civil service and en- gineering. Now that appointments in the civil service are made upon the results of competitive examinations, it has opened its portals to all young people who possess brains and knowledge sufficient to satisfy the examiners. To the lads of working class parents this service offers decided in- ducements. Each branch has a minimum salary (on which a lad can live, and thus at once relieve his parents), with a regular yearly increment. If successful in examina- tions for higher posts, he can calculate what his salary will be years in advance. The civil servant need not fear the effects of bad trade or dismissal owing to the fluctuations of business. He is secure for the rest of his working life from the evils of short time or unemployment. He is not penalised for becoming prematurely old, he is free from the worry incident to other employments, his working hours are not long, and thus he enjoys a considerable amount of leizure. Security of income, steady work, a gradually improving position, and eventually a sub- stantial pension are advantages which few other professions offer. The preparation for entrance to the civil service does not de- mand much time, and the examination fees are comparatively small. Moreover, there is no caste or class feeling in the service all are on an equal footing in each grade. As regards engineering, civilization is golflg to depend more and more upon the engineer. We live in an age of machinery, and on the men who make and control it. The horse cab is disappearing with the advent )f the taxi the trap is being supple- mented by the motor car steel and iron works are taking the place of timber, and railways are conquering more than are the world's armies. On our farms we have seen manual labour ousted by machinery yea, the engineer is endeavouring to harness the tides and to tap the hot springs in the centre of the earth. In the field of engin- eering there is unlimited scope, with little probability of over-crowding.

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