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Interview at Cathay

Old 12th Jun 2007, 11:02
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Interview at Cathay

I have been invited to an interview at Cathay. I have been hearing both positive and negative things about the company. The one that is concerning me at the moment is that I am 45 and have been told that they dont hire anyone that age and older and I am just being brought in as a fomality. I cant afford to make that kinda trip just for the fun of it. Can anyone give me some feedback on this matter?
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Old 12th Jun 2007, 12:48
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They need you

They need pilots and don't want to waste their time either. If you're interested then go to the interview.
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Old 12th Jun 2007, 16:42
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Cool

That age thing you have been told my friend is rubbish. But I presume here that you are applying as a DEFO and not an SO. (i.e.don't think you would be interested in an SO position at this stage in your career.)

Good luck if you attend.
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Old 13th Jun 2007, 17:02
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Simply. Go somewhere else. Take so many advices around these corners and go somewhere else.. Go flying for Netjets or something else.. You really dont want to come here being 45 and have to listen to all this shit.. If your were 25 and wanted to try flying a big jet - sure - come - take the best - and LEAVE.
Just a friendly advice - take it or leave it.
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Old 13th Jun 2007, 18:17
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Some people fit in here and some don't. I enjoy it. Most of the guys I fly with enjoy it.
They will hire you to 48 years old right now.
Go to netjets if you would like to kiss some rich guys ass.
Here you might get to kiss some checkers ass, but only once every 6 months.
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Old 11th Jul 2007, 19:55
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After 22 years as an ex-patriot here is my advice...GO-GO-GO. You won't regret it.
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Old 11th Jul 2007, 21:38
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Have to concur with Yeager on this one. But, you've got nothing to lose to come to HKG and have a look around. Keep an ear to the ground on the pay negotiation process here at CX, this is not "the" airline to work for any more... And you'll need your sh*t-eating grin in your mid 40s (no disrespect) to work for the company that invented aviation - there's plenty of it here.
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Old 12th Jul 2007, 02:20
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Agree with yeger and jsb,

Let the dudes pay your trip here and then see how things go. You can always let them down in a polite way. Go-go-go.
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Old 14th Jul 2007, 03:58
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Question layinlow I don't understand

I'm sure that I should know this, but what is:
an ex-patriot ?
Is that a term for having being in the military or something? Are you not a patriot now? GeeW perhaps?

Or am I missing the point and actually you are an expatriate? Hope the answer is not that simple!

QLD amphibians are not known for their synaptic skills I know...
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Old 14th Jul 2007, 04:01
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basically it means you are working in some other country.

To be more specific:

An expatriate (in abbreviated form, expat) is a person temporarily or permanently residing in a country and culture other than that of his upbringing or legal residence. The word comes from the Latin ex (out of) and the greek patria (?????? - country), and is sometimes misspelled (either unintentionally or intentionally) as ex-patriot or short x-pat, due to its pronunciation.

The term is often used in the context of Westerners living in non-Western countries, although it is also used to describe Westerners living in other Western countries, such as Australians living in the United Kingdom, or Britons living in Spain.

Expatriate can just as well be used to describe any person living in a country other than where they hold citizenship, but is generally not used for government officials stationed in a foreign country.

One famous group of expatriates was the so-called "Lost Generation," a term referring to American literary notables who lived in Paris from the time period which saw the end of World War I to the beginning of the Great Depression. This group included people such as Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, and Gertrude Stein.

A nickname in the UK for former expatriates who have returned to Britain is the "When I"s, or "When we"s, as they are accused of starting conversations by saying "When I was in Rhodesia" or "When we were in Singapore". Similarly, they are sometimes even viewed by their fellow citizens as foreigners, particularly their children, whose accents may seem strange to their classmates. The children of expatriates are often considered Third Culture Kids (or TCKs) and later in life consider themselves "Adult Third Culture Kids" (or ATCKs). These children often hold passports from multiple countries, speak several different languages, and have a hard time defining where "home" is.

The difference between an expatriate and an immigrant is that immigrants (for the most part) commit themselves to becoming a part of their country of residence, whereas expatriates are usually only temporarily placed in the host country and most of the time plan on returning to their home country, so they never adopt the culture in the host country. While Europeans or North Americans living in the Middle East and Asia may marry local people and have children, most see no advantage in adopting citizenship of their host countries, usually because they consider their stay only temporary. In countries like Saudi Arabia, expatriates are required to live in segregated compounds - integration into their host country's society is not an option. As a result a lively community of social blogs has evolved that links the different segregated communities.
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Old 14th Jul 2007, 04:11
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Oh well

My ex always said that my sarcasm wasn't funny. Guess that it's proven!

Sigh...!
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Old 14th Jul 2007, 04:14
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Sorry, just become used to the new level of ignorance these days :-)
Missed the joke hehe.
The GW does make one feel a bit like an ex patriot.....
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Old 14th Jul 2007, 05:20
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I had a mate called Pat.............


he's dead now..............

that make him an Ex - Pat ??
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