Young Professionals News – July 2020

June 28, 2020 | Young Professionals
Chair Report – Roshni Sharma

Many of us are now settling into the ‘new normal’, or at least the ‘new for now normal’, with COVID controlled on the whole but occasionally rearing its head in places. Some of us are back in the office, with social distancing and other health and safety measures implemented, and some of us are working from home for the forseeable future. Wherever we are, we’ve experienced one hell of a year so far, which has felt more like a decade than just over six months.  

The end of financial year was a busy time for many, and there’s still a lot going on. As we move forward into the second half of the year – which is hopefully better than the first – don't forget to take time to remember your accomplishments and those of your peers, friends and family. Nominations are open for the 2020 Asia Pacific Spatial Excellence Award, so take a moment to nominate yourself or a colleague or peer who you think is doing a good job – you've got to have your hat in the ring to have a chance at winning!  

We continue the work of the SSSI Young Professionals, both regionally and nationally, with the SSSI Mentoring Program, which is now in full swing and going well. We also have the details of our Career Lift: Tools for Emerging Leaders webinar series below, and with all SSSI webinars now free for members, we hope that they offer you some gems of wisdom! 

The committee is always open to submissions from the community on 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

Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards
Nominate yourself or your peers now for the APSEA Young Professional of the Year Award – you've got to be in it to win it!  

The Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards are the eminent award program for the Australian geospatial industry. They are a hallmark of celebrating our successes, as individuals and businesses, and offer recognition of excellence, initiative, dedication and future potential.  

The Young Professional of the Year award is recognised in each region (all states and territories of Australia, as well as in New Zealand and the Pacific). Being awarded the Young Professional of the Year is an accolade that will add volumes to your resume and current and future job prospects.

The application process may seem daunting at first, but it’s simpler and shorter than you might think, and is definitely worth the effort. All current members of SSSI under 36 years old as at March 2021 are eligible for nomination. Nominate now!  

Events Coming Up

We are thrilled to continue our monthly webinar series that empowers students, young professionals and emerging leaders of all ages to tap into their potential and find career fulfilment. 

Don't forget - webinars are now free for SSSI members!  And if you can't make the time below, just register and you will receive a link to the recording after the event.

Career Lift: Digital Twin Readiness

Friday 7 August | 4.00pm | More information and registration here

The second in the series is the session on Digital Twin Readiness. Digital twins are fast becoming an integral part of the future of our industry - just as the young professionals are. Marrying these two together, this webinar will explore the benefits that digital twins bring to the future of our industry, what the changes are that we can look forward to, and some tangible and practical ways that young professionals can get involved now to play an active role in the journey forward. 

Making your career work for you: Further education and entrepreneurship

Friday 28 August | 4.00pm | More information and registration here

As we progress through our careers, it's natural to take some unexpected directions or to realise we want to learn more in a particular area to help us go further. Join us in this episode of the Career Lift: Tools for Emerging Leaders series as we explore how to make your career work for you though delving into two interrelated topics that are handy when facing a decision point: entrepreneurship for a side business or a whole new direction for your career, and further education and the benefits it can bring through mid-career. We'll hear from Tim Neale, Entrepreneur of the Year in 2019, and David Monti, manager of People and Culture for Transport for NSW, as they share their experiences, advice and tips and tricks. 

Millennial's at work: Bring your career to life with soft skills

Friday 25 September | 4.30pm | More information and registration here

It's no secret that soft skills are the next thing that will influence career success as we move into new ways of working that both automation, AI/ML and digital twins bring, as well as the changes brought about by COVID. In this episode of the Career Lift: Tools for Emerging Leaders series, the SSSI Young Professionals bring you a range of insights about which soft skills can help you where you are now, decide where you want to be in 5 years time, and get there in the best way possible.  

Cultural shifts needed in the industry: Where do YPs fit?

Friday 30 October | 4.30pm | More information and registration here

The Australian Geospatial Industry is a complex and rapidly-evolving space, particularly at the moment. As we shift into new ways of working, adopt new technologies and interface more and more with other industries, what cultural shifts are needed in the industry for success? Do we need to change the way we market ourselves? Do we need to change the way we adopt new ideas? Do we need to use more unifying language to break down silos? Join us in this jam-packed webinar, featuring a panel with some of the high-hitters in the industry, to discuss these and more!

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