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Kin Ian Lo

Competitor in Skill: IT Software Solutions for Business
Country: Macao, China

How did you get interested in your skill?
I first got interested in computer programming because of the mysterious HTML code behind every webpage. After years of study on web design, I switched my focus on multi-purpose programming languages like C# and Python.

Where did you do your training for your skill?
I usually do my training at home after school. My trainer and I have a face-to-face meeting weekly to discuss technical problems.

How did you first find out about your Member organization and its programs?
My Member organization held a selection competition last year. My teacher at school told me about the competition and recommended me to try.

Who influenced you to pursue your skill as a career?
Probably I would say, myself. I believe computer is the most powerful object in world nowadays, as well as in the future. When using a computer, we are exploiting the hidden computational power of the universe. It’s like having the key to a higher level of human intelligence. That’s why I am fascinated by computers since childhood. Sorry if those are far too off-topic.

What is your experience in participating with your Member organization?
My Member organization has always been helpful to me. They provided a professional training program before the regional competition for selecting the representative. Afterward, they have been helping me to pick up every knowledge and technique needed to success in the skill.

Describe your most memorable moment so far with WorldSkills?
I hardly have any memorable moment with WorldSkills due to the limited amount of time. But the most exciting moment I can say is the time when I was informed to be the representative of Macau of IT software solution for business in WorldSkills2015. I think participating in international event like WorldSkills is going to make unimaginable changes to my life.

Describe what your experience has been since your involvement with WorldSkills
WorldSkills is an exciting event to participate in. Diligence and luck are both required to be successful in WorldSkills. However, without diligent, pure luck is useless. Since I am a high school student, I have to deal with the work in school and practise my skill at the same time. It has not been easy to manage the time. Sometime I would prefer 30 hours a day instead of 24. But this is life, man.

Did participating in the skills competitions and training for WorldSkills help you progress in your skill? Please describe.
Definitely. I had been making small programs before I got involved with WorldSkills. Most of my programs were in command lines without graphic interface because they were designed to be used by myself. I have nearly no experience in graphical interface design. Gratefully, the training program do helped me with designing user-friendly interfaces.

What do you currently do? Where do you work?
I am an 11th grade student and I am not currently employed.

What are your future career aspirations?
Although it’s too early for a high school student to answer this question, I am considering doing research in computational sciences and natural sciences as my lifelong career. I believe that working on innovative researches do have much greater joy than typing dull and repeating code for customers’ requirements.