SSSI Young Professionals News - March 19

February 28, 2019 | Young Professionals

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

SSSI Young Professionals is excited about the two national conferences coming up this year (Locate19 and the South East Asian Survey Congress 2019), where we have discounts available for students and young professionals to accompany the exciting YP programs at both events. Locate19 offers a heavy 50% discount on registration to SSSI YPs and students, and has a number of exciting YP initiatives including the Young Professionals Symposium on Wednesday 10 April. 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


Young Professionals Symposium at Locate19 - callout for lightning talks by YPs and students

I am very excited to announce that there will be a Young Professionals symposium session at Locate19 on Wednesday 10 April from 0830 – 1220, which will provide a forum for engagement of young professionals and students in our field. This is an important step forward for young professionals and students, and will provide a forum to understand the key debates and issues that are happening in the industry and to formulate and express ideas in these.


The Symposium will provide open with a space for young professionals to hear from industry leaders about why it’s important to engage young professionals and to share their own experiences of how they’re making an impact in the industry. The Symposium will lead to the creation of a White Paper on the discussions from this session, as the voice of students and young professionals in the industry, to lead into Young Professionals initiatives at Locate20.


We have limited spaces for young professionals and students who are doing exciting things in the industry to present 5-minute lightning talks about what they are doing and the impact it is having. If you have something to say, this is the place to do it!


To apply, please email a 500 word abstract to about what you are doing as a young professional in the industry, what impact it is having or has the capacity to have for the future of the industry, and why your fellow young professionals would find it inspiring. Applications close Sunday 17 March 2019 11:59 AEDT.


Heavy discounts for YPs and a great YP-relevant program at Locate19

Locate19 is only a few weeks away! With the countdown on, we’re excited to announce a number of exciting things relevant to young professionals:


1. A 50% discount on full registrations is available to SSSI Young Professional and student members,

coming down to only $695 for academics, researchers and SSSI YPs and an amazing $390 for full

time students.

2. We have a letter available for you to take to your employer to seek assistance for the costs of

attending Locate19 - download it here:

3. If you are a student or young professional and feel that the cost of attending Locate19 is a

barrier, there are opportunities to attend as a volunteer - please email for

more details.


The technical program has been released for Locate19, and is available at To promote engagement in the industry, the Locate Hub has also created an exciting program to complement the technical program, and you can find out more about this at 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. To find out more about conference registrations, visit


SEASC2019 Young Professional Poster Competition Open! “My story: How I came to be here”

Clarity on career pathways in our industry can be clear as mud at the best of times, and for many young people thinking about their future, as well as many of us who are already working in the industry, it’s not always apparent what options are available to us. To add to this, our industry is diverse in the depth and breadth of experiences and backgrounds that each one of us has - but this is not immediately apparent and can take quite a lot of digging beneath the surface to uncover.


To make inroads to changing this, we are extremely excited to announce the SEASC2019 Young Professionals Poster Competition! We encourage you to apply, and tell your friends, neighbours, family and pets to apply as well!

How did you end up in the spatial/surveying industry? To highlight the depth and breadth of people in our industry, we would love to hear about your personal journey to where you are right now. What steps have you taken to get here? What have been your biggest inspirations and motivators? What do you love about your job? From timelines of your studies and career to photos of your childhood and family, maps of your travels, and experiences in the context of entering the spatial profession, we’re interested in hearing what your journey is, no matter where you are.

Posters will be on display at the South East Asian Survey Congress 2019, with preliminary judging by local primary school, high school and University students as well as conference attendees, and final judging by a panel of young professionals from the SSSI National Young Professionals Committee.

1 A3 poster (colour or black and white) that fit the theme and the judging requirements (see below) submitted in digital format (preferred pdf) to accompanied by an Entry Form (

- Innovative communication and storytelling through words, maps or images
- Clarity of overall message
- Ability to be accessible by industry professionals, people not in the spatial/surveying field, and people of all ages
- Ability to showcase the strength and diversity of in the industry
- Poster must be accompanied by an Entry Form




To stay up to date with SEASC2019 for speaker and program updates, subscribe to the newsletter at To register, check out


SSSI National Young Professionals Mentoring Program 2019 - seeking Expressions of Interest!

Last year, the 2018 Mentoring Program went off with a bang - mentors and mentees from all over Australia (and a few overseas!) reported that they found so much value from being involved. In 2019, the SSSI Young Professionals are back, and the 2019 National Young Professionals Mentoring Program is seeking Expressions of Interest from mentors and mentees across Australia and internationally! The 2019 program will run from July to October and involve fortnightly meetings for mentors and mentees, face to face or by distance (over the phone or using Skype, Zoom, etc).


This year’s program will extend the opportunity for mentees to be in their final year of study OR recently graduated and working as a young professional in the field. We welcome mentors from all ages and walks of life who are familiar with the spatial and surveying industry and would like to inspire and pass on their experiences to the people who will shape the future of our industry.


Please submit your EOI now at: If you don’t receive a confirmation email, please send a quick email to to make sure that your EOI has come through.


Mentoring and coaching and valuable experiences - if you know anyone in your networks or friends/family, please pass on the details of this program for them to consider.


SSSI National Young Professionals Career Development February 2019 Webinar

‘Incorporating Mentoring and Coaching into your Life for Career Success’ with Declan Edwards

A fantastic and engaging webinar from Declan Edwards of BU Coaching, we explored the five key steps to meaningful career development change, followed by some wise words about finding a mentor or coach to help you along this journey. Declan’s key message was that meaningful change is driven by yourself alone, and taking the initiative to think about what your vision is and what knowledge you need to get to where you want to go is vital. On top of this, taking action and accompanying this with courageous self-reflection and seeking advice from trusted advisors can really push you to success.


If you would like to get in touch with Declan, please see his website at


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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