Young Professionals (YPs) are the future of our Institution. The Younger Members Section (YMS) organises various types of professional and career development activities to ensure YPs are supported throughout their career.
YMS, which was established in 1991, is the first young professional network of the IET (former IEE) outside the United Kingdom. The objective of forming the YMS was to provide a platform for the younger members to serve their peers.
The nowadays YMS has continued contributing the IET three i’s (to inspire, inform, and influence) to the young professionals’ and students’ communities in Hong Kong and Macau, by annually organising over sixty technical events, reaching thousands participants.
“Young Professionals Exhibition & Competition” (YPEC), an annual flagship event since 1991, has built a dynamic platform for young engineers and students to exhibit engineering projects and innovative ideas over the years. Theme of the event in 2017, “Imagineering”, stood for the transformation from imagination to reality. This theme encouraged candidates to embrace innovation and implement ideas to engineer the world. YPEC 2017 received a record high of ninety teams enrolled in the competition.
“Future Engineers Project “, which has been jointly organised by other professional institutes, annually encouraged more than one hundred secondary school students to appreciate the latest technologies and its applications. Through this one-day workshop every summer, students demonstrates their understanding in engineering knowledge and creativities with full of joy. It exhibits how YMS could leverage students’ strength and interests in the STEM subjects.
In 2010s, YMS has supported members to enhance their competitiveness, by organising various events and programmes for all-rounded development and career planning.
“IET Career and Professionalism Congress” annually provides members and engineering students a set of comprehensive information and advices from career planning to professional development. We also delivered a series of soft-skills trainings, such as presentation skills, professional imaging, problem solving and creative design thinking for members.
Young Professionals Programme (YPP), a brand new development programme for green engineers, was launched in 2017. Twelve Young Professionals (YP) is selected every year in the Programme, meeting with our senior guests from various engineering disciplines for interactive conversations on work experiences and project management techniques. Meanwhile, the first session YPs, were better equipped, designed and delivered a half day workshop to secondary students to nourish their interest in engineering. Positive feedback was received from these energetic students.
Youth Mentoring Programme (YMP), established in 2012, annually match up around sixty students and experienced engineering mentors, provides a platform for students to understand latest development of the industry, and build up personal network that helps future career. In 2017, with the support from Section Committees of Hong Kong Branch, YMP progressed in a new series of nine in-campus career and industry sharing to students in Hong Kong and Macau.
In 2018, YMS extends the focus to community services and the diversity of the industry. “Youth Community Services” will lead members volunteering people in needs by our engineering expertise and experiences. “Women in Science and Engineering” will support the growth and appreciate the diversity of engineering community. Both new programmes would connect more to the society and potential engineers.
Through the advancement of the well-established program and the new initiatives, YMS creates values to our peers and motivates them to join our YMS family. Ultimately, YMS would keep up the IET three i and lead the community to achieve a remarkable success.
Young Professionals Exhibition & Competition (YPEC), is an annual flagship event since 1991 organised by the Younger Members Section of IET Hong Kong, which is the largest engineering competition in Hong Kong targeting secondary school, sub-degree, undergraduate, postgraduate and young engineers.
Whilst competing for the prizes, participants would also have the opportunity to extend their social networks among the Scholars, Industries and Government, and also appreciate innovative ideas from various engineering perspectives.
YPEC acts as a dynamic platform for prospective or young engineers from five different segments (secondary school, sub-degree, undergraduate, postgraduate and open) to exhibit their engineering projects with presentations and booths.
The YPEC comprises a series of activities: workshops for participants to enhance and practice their presentation skill, YPEC Event Day for presentation and exhibition booths demonstration and YPEC Final Competition Day for determining the overall champion. Every team presents their project to the judges and audience and interactive exhibition booths are set up by secondary school students and sub-degree students for demonstrating their innovative ideas. With the growing popularity of the event, the number of candidates has reached a record high and more students and young engineers can benefit from the event.