• maart 25, 2021

In 2021, the international project “Energy Challenge” (formerly “Youth Day”) will be held for the seventh time.  Are you a master’s/Ph.D./postgraduate student up to 35 years old who is focused on energy business and speaking fluent English? Don’t miss this opportunity to take part in a remarkable project in the energy sphere. Experts from Energy Delta Institute and other organizations are looking forward to sharing their industry knowledge and experience with new participants.

After registration and a qualification test, you are welcome to the platform:

     •  The first stage (April 12 – July 12, 2021) is Virtual Academy. It’s a charge-free online educational program on energy topics. You will receive access to analytical material, webinars, discussion platforms, and expert assessment. 50 of the best graduates will be qualified for the next stage.

     •  The second stage (October 5 – 7, 2021) is Youth Day as part of the St. Petersburg International Gas Forum. It is an amazing three-day program of interactive events: team-building exercises, business game, high-level meeting with executives of energy companies, etc.

What does last year’s winner, Norbertas Kairys from the University of Groningen, say about participating in this project?

Virtual academy Energy Challenge Youth Day 2020 was my first event in such format, where students were learning through numerous webinars online and solving challenging assignments on their own. From the top, I could say it was an exciting experience to participate in webinars on currently hot energy topics presented by experts in the field from globally recognized energy companies. It was very interesting to learn about the current problems that the energy industry faces and possible solutions that are being implemented from the perspective of businesses. I believe that it gave me a better understanding of how the energy markets function and how to achieve the desired outcome in a real-life environment.

Additionally, all participants were provided with numerous study material which was based on recent data and was very useful in completing the written assignments. Speaking about the assignments and the general workload it may appear challenging at the first glance but the thing I enjoyed the most was the nature of these tasks. For example – creating a company’s portfolio for the upcoming 30 years or coming up with a solution as a leader of a country experiencing an energy crisis – I have never encountered such assignments in my university studies so these tasks gave me a chance to combine my creativity and new knowledge to come up with practical solutions. These solutions were even forwarded to the partner companies and gave me a chance to introduce myself as a young professional. This brings me to one of the most important parts of the Youth Day – networking and communications. Although sadly we were not able to meet face to face (high hopes for this year) but the interactions were still lively and gave a chance for every participant to ask questions and have an informal type of interaction with top experts in their field.

Additionally, the final part of the Energy Challenge 2.0 project where we had to work in diverse groups gave a great opportunity to meet with other young professionals and students from all over the world and share knowledge and insights while working on exciting group tasks. 

To sum up, I would really recommend being a part of the Youth Day for everyone interested in building their careers in the energy industry as it does not only increase your knowledge on energy markets and innovation but gives you a great opportunity to establish your network and learn more about the exciting career opportunities within the partnering companies.

Norbertas Kairys from University of Groningen, Faculty of Science and Engineering, ESRIG research group


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