January 31, 2019 | Young Professionals

Welcome to the February 2019 edition of SSSI Young Professionals GeoMessage.

The new year brings with it a number of exciting plans for 2019, and the National Young Professionals committee as well as regional Young Professionals committees around Australia are working hard.


With two national conferences coming up this year (Locate19 and the South East Asian Survey Congress 2019), we are trying to get the best value for students and young professionals. Locate19 offers a heavy 50% discount on registration to SSSI YPs and students, and SEASC2019 has a full day’s worth of value-adding programs for YPs and students. Both of these conferences are applicable to spatial and surveying professionals and students. If you haven’t had a look at the programs already, I strongly encourage you to have a look now and speak to your employer about how your attendance could create value for them.


The 2019 National Young Professionals Mentoring Program is seeking Expressions of Interest from mentors and mentees across Australia and internationally - so jump in and submit yours today! You can do so here:


The committee is always open to feedback and submissions from the community regarding things that we could do better, feedback on past events, ideas for new events, or anything that might make the YPs better than ever. Please send an email to


SSSI National Young Professionals Career Development January 2019 Webinar

'Building on your strengths'  with Kim Seeling Smith


This webinar was just incredible - it took a deep dive into career goal setting and how to avoid common career mistakes, how to love your work and find your passion, and how to live up to your potential through realising your strengths. Kim kicked off with the rather confronting realisation that most young professionals (and young-at-heart professionals) tend to put more time, effort and money into planning their vacations than their near-term careers (3-5 years from present). She then walked through some tools on how to start thinking about what matters to you in your career, and how your career fits into the broader context of your life. She gave participants two free gifts to help them plan their career goals and work out what’s important to them in their jobs, and then dug deeper into the real heart of the webinar - strengths. Using the strengths profile to provide context, she explained how strengths are not only things that you are good at, but which provide you with energy and which use often. She walked through the framework of the differences between realised strengths, learned behaviours, weaknesses and unrealised strengths, and helped participants understand how they can use this framework to boost their happiness, at work and in general life.

SSSI National Young Professionals Career Development December 2018 Webinar

‘Embracing diversity for improved productivity, workplace-health, well-being, etc…not quotas'


The December 2018 SSSI National Young Professionals Career Development Webinar was held by Professor Stuart Phinn and Dr Karen Joyce and discussed Diversity and Equity. It was an interactive webinar and raised a lot of interested and important questions about the differences between equality, equity and diversity, and how opportunities are available to different people in different ways. It gave a framework for thinking about what changes could be made and why they are important in workplaces, in personal lives and in society, and has prompted some conversations with your colleagues, family and friends about this important area for many of those who attended.


If you’re interested in finding out more, please email or get in contact with Stuart ( or Karen ( directly.


Young Professionals Career Development Webinar Series

Incorporating Mentoring and Coaching into your Life for Career Success

Thursday, 14 Feb 2019 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm AEDT


Join Emotional Intelligence & Wellbeing expert and the Founder of BU Coaching, Declan Edwards, for an engaging webinar that will bring clarity to the exact 5 steps that are required to make long term, positive change within yourself and your life. The tools you gain from this webinar can be applied directly to your career progression, your health, your relationships and even to your own emotional wellbeing.


Register now at:


Heavy discounts available for SSSI Young Professionals at Locate19

Attending national conferences like Locate19 are a great way to get a better idea of the industry we work in and where we want to go in our career, as young professionals. The Locate19 organising committee has, this year, created a very special rate for SSSI Young Professionals that equates to approximately 50% off the full rate. A letter for your employer explaining the benefits of attending Locate19 is also in the works, and we’ll let you know when that’s available online.


To find out more about conference registrations, visit


The plenary speakers have also recently been announced, and you can read more on them here:


If you’re interested in finding out more about the draft program, have a look here:


South East Asia Survey Congress 2019 - subscribe to keep up to date!

Stay updated with SEASC2019 by subscribing to our newsletter to hear the latest about speakers, registrations and the program. Book your tickets now to avail great discounts on flights and accommodation. The SEASC team looks forward for your presence at Darwin in August 2019.
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Are you interested in starting to think about management? Why not check out ‘Business Sutra’, a slightly different view on management.


Do you want some fresh insights into how to develop into (from scratch, or not) a better leader? Check out this podcast.


Looking for some inspiration or a chance to reach out and help others who are starting out on the path that you have chosen? Why not reach out to your University or TAFE and check out their Alumni programs, and see if they have ways that you can get involved to help current students.


What are your thoughts on the way that our industry is changing over time? To start thinking more about this, check out this great article on The Changing Nature of GIS.


Do you like old maps? Check out the vintage collection from the Archives of National Geographic here.


Have you thought about the geography of Australia, and how this ties into your profession? Check out this great article from the ABC on Indigenous place names.


Warm regards,

Roshni Sharma

Chair, Young Professionals | Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI)
T:  +61 2 4950 5322 | M: +61 (0)407 757 756
75 York Street, Teralba, NSW 2284  |

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