Meet Jacob Dawson, the 23-year-old New Zealander who won the World Youth Skills Day 2017 vlogger competition.
His winning video on dunes, dreams, and dedication to design led him to become as the official vlogger for WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017.
Jacob Dawson’s humourous yet inspiring vlog – wherein he shows how hard work in pursuit of his ambitions is helping him perfect a skill – won the #SkillsForAll World Youth Day social media competition. So now he gets to document the awesome stories behind the championships of global skills this October in Abu Dhabi.
A total of 70 videos from 24 countries were submitted as entries to the competition. This young Auckland University of Technology (AUT) student’s entertaining vlog entry began with him hurtling down a sand dune in slow motion to depict his childhood dream to become a stuntman and then switching to industrial design and working his way to success.
He first head about WorldSkills from NZITP Skills Team member Chabb Chia, who told him about the vlogging competition. As to what made him decide to actually submit an entry, Jacob says, “Well, I really liked what WorldSkills does and I thought I might actually stand a chance of winning it, since I was already doing a lot of vlogging.”
How did he come up with the concept of this video? He shares that, “I knew I wanted to tell a personal story and since I was learning all sorts of new skills at uni, it kind of made sense to focus on one of them.”
His experience in vlogging certainly proved to his advantage, as it took him only a day to film and edit the video. “I use Final Cut Pro X and I am good at using it. I have editing [videos] with it for about eight months, and I’m quite fast with it now.”
Explaining the concept behind his winning video, Jacob says, “When it comes to content, we appreciate two things: humour and storytelling.”
“We all love a good story, and we all like to laugh. Whether you are developing content for a new product release, a scientific discovery, or just plain advertising, it can always be improved by telling it as a story or adding in some humour. With my entry, I tried to tell my personal story and add in a bit of slapstick, through the shot of me tumbling down a sand dune at the beginning of the video,” he adds.
Becoming WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017’s official vlogger has left Jacob “over the moon,” as he explains that, “It’s a lot like the feeling you get the night before Christmas as kid.”
He adds, “I haven’t traveled very much, so simply going to a new country will be amazing. Second, I am looking forward to meeting all the different teams from all around the world. And finally, I am looking forward to the actual competition. From what I have seen and heard it seems super intense and exciting. I can’t wait to tell the WorldSkills story.”