Young Professionals

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

Educational and Networking Opportunities

Ambassador Lecturer 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

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 gives students, recent graduates, and Young Professionals an opportunity to speak with experienced professionals in an informal environment.

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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

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 each year in the Europe to address the concerns of YPs, provide career, political and technological updates as well as provide networking opertunities across the energy sector.The next Summit is taking place in Aberdeen, UK on the Monday 2 September 2019 and registration is now open.

Emerging Leaders Alliance

The Emerging Leaders Alliance is a partnership among leading engineering and science-based organizations that provides high-quality leadership training. The Young Member Engagement Committee selects promising Young Professional members to attend this conference and develop their skills. View past lectures on our YouTube playlist. Applications for the 2018 ELA Travel Grant are now open. Please use the online application form to be considered. Application close 15 June.

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. Click here to find join our next event.

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” lets members share the voluntary contributions and technical achievements of these members. 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.

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.


Other SPE Resources for Young Professionals

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