South Asia and Far East WannabesA forum for those applying to Cathay Pacific, Dragonair or any other Hong Kong-based airline or operator. Use this area for both Direct Entry Pilot and Cadet-scheme queries.
And, while you have gotten yourself a job for now, and climbed up the ladder all the way to mid-level management, earning a good pay, able to support the family... the letter from SIA "may" arrive.
And then, you will have a bigger dilemma: leave your current job and start with a small allowance, which will remain till you finish your training which, again, may be suspended or delayed depending on the economy situation.
Dear Merlion, the reason sia recruits from India and Malaysia is due to the low number of qualified candidates in Singapore. Population here as you know is not big, and not all uni grads wants to be pilots. Some Singaporeans who go for the interviews did not do their homework and know jack about flying. How do you expect the airline to select them if they can't be bothered preparing for interviews?
bro ive thought of that before. but go look at the thread self-sponsored singaporean cpl holders. after seeing qualified CPL holders who are locals not getting to SIA, i find it pathetic that SIA has to go overseas. Even Malaysians I can understand since we have Singaporeans working across the causeway too.
But Indians from India? For FK?!!! We have enough of them here as it is. They can go back to India. We don't need them to work for us in Singapore Airlines.
Actually the xenophobic views are coming to be very valid in Singapore currently. Many Singaporeans feel deprived and unloved when we did our national service and our university places and top jobs are given to foreigners easily ahead of us when we are equally qualified. I've been to other forums and similar gripes are everywhere. It's not really fair to say that someone doesn't deserve the job for airing this view, as I see the same argument made in medical forums and other job openings with this comment usually made by a foreigner.
I think it's best to let the disgruntled Singaporean blow off steam and then help him in anyway you can. Calling him unsuitable and of low quality just because he feels disadvantaged in his own homeland surely isn't going to bring out the best in the natives.
Last edited by purplehearts; 20th Jun 2012 at 11:16.
well, i think flying is an interesting career to pursue, it's exciting and i can learn many life skills if i really get to be trained as a pilot. other than that, i really enjoy the service industry, which is why i feel that being a pilot would be a very good as i would be serving the flyers(i don't know what they are call as) directly, not just sitting in the office and plan stuff. specific reasons i don't know man, sometimes it's just this something that we all don't know that attracts us right?
in reply to flying.monkeyz , damn i can't find the quote option.
I do not deny that the high numbers and accelerated influx of foreigners in Singapore has caused much grief to locals in terms of jobs, public transportation, housing, education etc. However, like I mentioned, this is not the avenue to rant about it. There are many other unmoderated forums for that i.e. TR, Yahoo SG, Asiaone. Let's keep politics out of PPRuNe and let PPRuNe do what its best at: spreading rumours among professional pilots! And, while themerlion has the right to air his grievances and release steam, he also has the right to have his opinions slammed by other readers too. At least your post is rationale with valid arguments in it. His reeks of xenophobia and race machoism "But Indians from India? For FK?!!! We have enough of them here as it is. They can go back to India. We don't need them to work for us in Singapore Airlines.".
I agree with purplehearts, the cabin crew position seems to suit you more. However, if you profile is accurate, you are still young. You have a long time to decide what you want to do while gaining some life experience. Oh, by the way, you WILL be asked that question when you attend a cadet pilot interview. And, I think you need to work a little bit more on your answer to convince the panel. Good luck!
I know I'll feel great being a cabin crew, but I would really want to be in the cockpit, I feel that I'll be serving them more there, even though the cabin crew will serve them and make them happy, I feel that I'll be happier just at the front ensuring their safety. Which is a greater responsibility and I don't have to deal with asshole customers. Haha. I mean it's completely different when you're serving them by flying the plane and serving them by serving them.
"Whatever job it is, they are more qualified for it than you. The govt/companies are not stupid to go hunting overseas if they can/could find enough local talent to fill the spots!"
This is a point that I have to disagree with. Many a times a foreigner is hired because he is simply cheaper as well as having no NS liabilities that a Singaporean is burdened with. They are also younger as Singaporeans have to be 26 to become commercial pilots. India and Malaysia have no national service.
I would really suggest you just let griping pass. Trying to justify it will only stir up more feelings of grievances as I have seen at other forums. Singaporeans are a poor lot, you really need to help us or we'll be severely falling behind.
Last edited by purplehearts; 21st Jun 2012 at 09:22.