Young Professionals

SPE’s Young Professional programs — created for members age 35 and younger — help you acquire professional and soft skills, and provide networking opportunities to help you advance your career.

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Educational and Networking Opportunities

Ambassador Lecturer Program 

Logo for SPE Ambassador Lecture Program Engage the next generation of oil and gas professionals! The Ambassador Lecturer Program invites Young Professionals to present and share their experiences with local SPE chapters, universities, and schools. 

Career Pathways Fair

Logo for Career Pathways Fair The Career Pathways Fair gives you a chance to meet with specialists from multiple disciplines and gain insight into possible career paths. Held several times throughout the year, this event provides students, recent graduates, and Young Professionals an opportunity to speak with experienced professionals in an informal environment.

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Logo for SPE Ementoring program eMentoring

Gain industry insights and practical career advice from experienced professionals through the eMentoring program. Young Professionals also have the unique opportunity to serve as mentors to students.

Young Professional Summit

Logo for YP Summit events The Young Professional Summit is a partnership event with petroleum, energy and geology Membership Societies organized by YPs representing each of the member societies involved (SPE, AAPG, EAGE and PESGB). This Summit takes place in the Europe and addresses the concerns of YPs, provide career, political, and technological updates, and provide networking opportunities across the energy sector. 

Emerging Leaders Alliance

Logo for the Emerging Leaders Alliance program The Emerging Leaders Alliance is a partnership among leading engineering and science-based organizations that provides high-quality leadership training. For 2021 the Emerging Leaders Alliance are hosting a physical event in Pittsburgh, Pa., USA. SPE is offering 7 spaces to this training course, including accommodation costs covered. Spaces are limited so to register please use the following Registration Link. For any questions please contact the Young Member Programs Team at

Future Leaders Academy

Logo for Future Leaders Academy The SPE Future Leaders Academy is the only non-technical skills development course designed to reflect the actual E&P work setting. The course combines expert input, case studies, and immersive scenarios from the E&P and other industries to embed participant’s learning and enable them to progress to the next level of their career. Find and join our next event.

League of Volunteers

Logo for SPE League of Volunteers Give back to SPE and the industry with the League of Volunteers! Opportunities are available for Young Professionals to participate, run, and develop various soft skills events such as communication skills workshops and team building exercises.

Spotlight on Young Professionals

Spotlight on Young Professionals Logo “Spotlight on Young Professionals” allows members to share the voluntary contributions and technical achievements of YPs. Submit your story today for a chance to be featured in YP Newsflash section of The Way AheadTM.  All submissions will be reviewed by the Young Member Engagement Committee.

Logo for SPE Online Education and Webinars Webinars for Young Professionals

Share soft skills and technical knowledge globally with other Young Professionals. Learn more about becoming a speaker and view past webinars.

Young Member Engagement Committee

The Young Member Engagement Committee (YMEC) ensures young professional and student engagement remains a top priority for SPE. YMEC members play a crucial role in developing and implementing valuable programs and activities for SPE young members worldwide.

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The Way AheadTM is SPE's online resource for students and young professionals. Produced by young professional volunteers, articles include topics such as career development, emerging technologies, mentoring, and university-to-industry transition.

Young Professionals Video Library

Learn from SPE experts and industry professionals on Career Essentials, Industry Overviews, and Regional Insights.

Other SPE Resources for Young Professionals

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