Silver medal for digital effort

Jason: The more digital skills you have, the better you can speak the language.

DIGITAL literacy is a language; the more digital skills you have, the better you can speak it – this firm belief in equipping himself for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR4.0) has reaped rewards for Jason Lui Yong Jian.

The INTI International College Penang student recently bagged the silver medal at the International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) Asia Digital Challenge 2021.

The grand final of the challenge, held virtually on Sept 7, saw national winners from the Asia-Pacific region competing with each other under three tracks: business, design, and emerging technologies.

Jason, a diploma in mechanical engineering student, competed under the design track (tertiary) category.

“I’m privileged to be recognised for my effort and hard work at this challenge.

“My journey leading up to the win wasn’t a bed of roses. I had to learn the Solid Edge software from scratch within a week prior to the national round,” said the 19-year-old in a press release from INTI dated Nov 9.

Having scored an achievement for himself, Lui is appreciative of the support he received.

“My lecturers, Ms Nur Hafizah Habideen and Mr Phua Chin Lai, guided me thoroughly throughout my journey and were my pillars of support,” he shared.

He added that the challenge gave him the opportunity to improve his time management skills.

“I’ve learned that planning ahead is important while carrying out projects as it will help me stay on track with the timeline and avoid lagging behind,” he said.

Geared towards fostering practical digital skills required of various professionals in the workplace of the future, the competition challenged contestants to take on emerging technologies, data analytics, design, and office application tools.

Endorsing the programme, Jason said the ICDL Foundation should be applauded for its contribution to the national initiative by providing industry-relevant skills and knowledge to help boost the employability of its participants.

“ICDL courses will lay a good, internationally recognised foundation for students to build thinking and problem-solving skills, and be equipped with digital skills that are essential to address challenges in the current world,” he said.

“The Solid Edge software I learned through this challenge will prepare me for my career as it is widely used in the industry I’m pursuing,” he added.

Having benefited from his experience, Jason called on secondary school and tertiary students to take part in such challenges.

“The need for digital skills will only increase, so if one would like to gain skills fast, there’s no better time to get started than now,” he said.

The ICDL Asia Digital Challenge was first held in 2017 with over 3,500 students participating from 106 schools across seven countries.

Held over six months, the ICDL Asia Digital Challenge 2021 drew 500 contestants from nine territories across the Asia-Pacific region.

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