#43 — WorldSkills 2017, One Year Later
Things worth sharing each week.
|Thomas Seng Hin Mak||Apr 17, 2018|
It has been 1 year since my last #42 newsletter. I kept my email writing steak until I broke it because of intensive WorldSkills training.
The high intensive teaching session drew all my attentions. It’s an 11-month long training for an international skills competition.
The training started at 2017 February. There were 10 students in the first round of basic training. Then we picked one candidate in June. In second round, the candidate and I had training every evening to explore different kinds of web app development approaches. Then we went to the WorldSkills competition at Abu Dhabi in October.
4 days of test projects
The competition in October was a 4-day-long competition with different test projects. The competitors were required to know the web design and development inside out. They were required to complete the test projects within 20 hours, with 2 to 3 hours for each module.
The candidate not only needed to know each techniques well, but also needed to fully integrate what they learned to complete the test project. There is not much rooms for mistakes during that 4 days. They needed to be well prepared, both technically and psychologically. In case something went wrong in first day, we ensured their performance won’t be affected in the other days.
So you can imagine that’s a long year for me. I spent literally every evening on training after my day job. Fortunately, the training and time spent paid back. During the closing ceremony in Abu Dhabi, my competitor standed on the stage holding a gold medal of the web design and development skill. It’s the first time in Macao team to earn the gold medal.
The WorldSkills 2017 was over.
We took months to summarize the event. We had lots of fun and tears. We had fun evenings and also long nights debating. It took me some time to wrote down the journey and lesson learned so that we can improve next time.
Looking forward, I am taking on a new role for the WorldSkills 2019 Kazan. It’s a management role that I will not directly teach candidates any more. That is a big challenge since my first time as competition trainer in 2009. We are setting up a whole team for the skills training instead of one-man-band. This is a lot of work to do. During the transition of roles in the WorldSkills, I would take the chance to share more details on what is skills competition and write more posts on web techniques.
I feel the urge to promote the importance of web design and development. More on that next week.
Things worth sharing this week
Slack, I’m Breaking Up with You. I don’t buy real-time chatting for project management since day one. Works need time to think to come up with good solutions or good suggestions.
Until next week,