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Cathay Pacific Cadet Pilot Programme

Old 17th Mar 2010, 12:18
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S.J

yes, they just rejected me too.

No worries, maybe we should plan a trip to Maun together sometime, I can maybe get a Mooney that we can fly there, just have to split the costs.
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Old 17th Mar 2010, 13:30
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S.J. and forssi

Tough break guys but keep your heads up and pointed to the blue. Toady was a beautiful day for GA. The visibility was incredible and it hit me that the CX thing is the dream but GA is the life!

Still haven't heard from them. It's been a week now. I'm starting to stress
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Old 17th Mar 2010, 17:25
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Seems like so many people are getting rejected

A lot of you have flying experience too. Wonder how will I stand next month with no flight hours at all.

Does anyone one know if I have any advantage if I am originally from Hong Kong and if I have a HKID?

All these posts are getting me more nervous...
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Old 17th Mar 2010, 23:08
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Does anyone know when Cathay will next be back in the UK?

@ AsL402, I have that same worry too! Though the requirements do state no prior flight experience is necessary so I guess it all depends on how it goes on the day.

Best of luck to all!
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Old 18th Mar 2010, 06:39
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April 2010 Interviews

I received an email this morning from Cathay, inviting me for the stage 1a interview in HKG for 8th April. Is there anybody else who got a similar email?

Is there any advice from people who have been through the process more recently?

I will be travelling from Kenya. I'd appreciate if anybody can suggest decent, cheap budget hotels that I can stay in, as I'm travelling on a very very tight budget to attend these interviews.
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Old 18th Mar 2010, 09:53
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Don't worry about a lack of flying experience, having time under your belt is just one way of getting an interview with the company. You should have other things that would appeal to them too.

ap_797 is right, it all depends on how you perform in your interview. Flying experience merely gets you the interview, but it is your performance that decides if you succeed or not. A good interview performance means demonstrating the level of technical knowledge/aptitude that can be reasonably expected of you, AND also giving something extra so the HR staff have something to remember you by. This is especially true when you face stiff competition to get into the next round, and those who can offer something more/different will be the ones who make it to Stage 2. If you have nothing to make yourself stand out, then it will be hard for them to think of you when the time comes to make decisions. I say this with all due respect for everyone who has just been through Stage 1.

flying_hamster, a couple posts back someone asked the same question about accomodation in HKG. I believe he decided to stay in the CX company hotel (the Headland) which is right next to Cathay City. I think he was able to book a room because he was in HKG on the grounds of a CX cadet interview. Check out their website below:

:: Welcome to Headland Hotel ::
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Old 18th Mar 2010, 14:59
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Hey everyone,

I have applied for this cadet programme but was wondering one thing:

Because i applied from the UK i assume they will want to interview me in the UK. I am able to travel anywhere in the world (mothers staff travel benefits) so would I make myself look better by emailing/phoning them and offering to meet them anywhere? or will they just tell me to wait for the next round of UK interviews?

Only reason im asking is because i finish my degree this summer and am trying to decide if i should stay on for my honours year or not, dont want to get half way through and have to pack it in (at great cost) to move away.

Cheers,
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Old 18th Mar 2010, 16:10
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Question for anyone who knows, I've tried to apply but can't because of the high school exam part of the application. I'm from the USA and we don't have any kind of tests like that, I tried to put my old SAT scores on there but they wouldn't take it. I am a college graduate, so any help on how to get around this? Thank you for your help.
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Old 18th Mar 2010, 16:13
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You've never had exams in high school?
Just put your letter grade as a % in the spot you need to fill out.
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Old 18th Mar 2010, 18:56
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Question for anyone who knows, I've tried to apply but can't because of the high school exam part of the application. I'm from the USA and we don't have any kind of tests like that, I tried to put my old SAT scores on there but they wouldn't take it. I am a college graduate, so any help on how to get around this? Thank you for your help.
I don't think info for those boxes are really required. I just used one to put my HS graduation year and my GPA for the result. I didn't even put my SAT scores.
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Old 19th Mar 2010, 04:33
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Well, now i'm in a spot!

When I had initially applied for the cadet programme in June '09, I was in university in Malaysia, and naturally put KUL as my first choice for stage 1 hoping they'd get back to me within 8 weeks as they'd said in the automatic email confirmation.

I eventually moved back home to Kenya in September '09, and in Feb 2010, sent an email to cathay pacific asking about interviews in KUL, and I got the standard "geographical area response", but I had also asked them to update my educational qualifications, and they asked if I wanted to change my first choice interview location. I looked at that as a chance to obtain an interview in HKG seeing my 8 month wait, and more importantly me being one step closer to my flying dream.

I received an email from Cathay 2 days ago, saying that they're holding interviews in HKG for stage 1a on the 8th of April, and 1b on the 13 or 16th of April 2010, and if i can stay in HKG up to the 16th, then I should reply back to them so that they can send me further details regarding the interviews. I am still waiting for them to get back to me on that.

Now the twist: Turns out, CX has interviews in KUL around mid-April, seeing from the posts.

I really dont know what to do, because I know that im on a tight budget if I travel to either destination. However, I am familiar with KUL to start with, and also have friends there which would cut down the cost of my flight, accommodation costs, food and transportation costs, and overall it is just a cheaper city to live in compared to HKG (from what I have heard- I've never been to HKG before).

Not too sure what to do from here..

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Old 19th Mar 2010, 12:24
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Hey there,

I would advise you to travel to HKG for Stage 1, because if you choose to do so, you will be offered a concrete chance for an interview. The same cannot be said of a possible interview in KUL, as they probably have already drawn up a list of candidates to assess there. Additionally, I personally don't think that changing your interview location preference at such short notice will go down well with the HR team, if you previously indicated you could come to HKG but now want to go to KUL instead.

Furthermore, if you stay in the Headland you could be saving a lot on transportation and accomodation costs as well. I know that staying in a hotel for 10 days straight isn't exactly the best thing to do if you're going somewhere for the first time, but as far as an interview goes you are both close to the venue and already saving a lot of money that would be used on transportation to and from CX City and the airport. Depending on the lengths you are willing to go to, your financial expenditure could be much lower than you are probably anticipating. You might be paying peanuts by going to KUL for Stage 1, but going to Stage 1 in HKG has its own unique strengths at a cost that I personally think is reasonable. That's just me though, you be the judge!

My two cents, hope it helps!

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Old 19th Mar 2010, 22:38
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Staying at the Headland seems like a pretty good idea. But the only problem I see is convenience. It is very convenient to Cathay City, but we are only going there 2 days out of the 1.5 - 2 weeks being there. I am pretty sure you would like to take a tour around the city as well. I'm not too familiar with the hotel or Cathay City, but I guessing most of the food there is hotel food.

The closest city there is Tung Chung, which is still quite new and not too much to do there. Cathay City, Hong Kong Airport and Tung Chung all are on the Lantau Island and is quite far from the city center of Hong Kong.

If you want to save all the trouble in navigating yourself through Hong Kong, the Headlands Hotel is definitely a great choice. However, if you would like to explore the city a little, staying in Kowloon or Hong Kong Island might actually save you some money (Two trips to Cathay City isn't too expensive). There is lots of different types of hotels there anywhere from 1 star.
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Old 20th Mar 2010, 07:41
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There are two types of "Cadets" now, those with no experience and those with 200 - 1000 hours, the term cadet is poorly used in this instance.

There will be basically a long course and a short course.
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Old 20th Mar 2010, 08:49
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@Paperbag

Whilst what SMOC says will be true, the short course for those with experience has not commenced yet. Anyone with any experience can apply for the cadet scheme, whether you have zero hours or your an instructor with 1000hours plus, but you would still need to repeat the entire course from the beginning.

The short course may be in operation by the time the application was processed, but it also may not, so you would need to be prepared to repeat all your training again.

Good Luck!
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Old 21st Mar 2010, 09:23
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To holdmetight:

What stage are you in now?
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Old 21st Mar 2010, 09:40
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Anyone knows are there any other CPP similar to CX's and KA's in China or countries outside Hong Kong?
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Old 21st Mar 2010, 13:34
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I'm still stuck at Stage 0. I've been waiting for 3 months and counting, with some previous e-mail correspondence from the recruitment ladies telling me to expect a longer wait. I guess 6 months in the waiting list is typical for someone in my situation, or so I've heard.

Quite a number of airlines have cadetships, but almost all are exclusively reserved for nationals of the company's home country. If my memory serves me right, only CX and EY have cadetships open to people of all nationalities.
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Old 21st Mar 2010, 15:53
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Nope, Etihad closed that offer to the world and its only for UAE nationals

"Etihad is an equal opportunities employer and encourages both male and female applicants to apply. Candidates should be UAE Nationals, between 18-30 years old, medically fit with a secondary school diploma or higher. "

Thats from their website. Cathay is the only one open to the world currently, hope that doesn't change.
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Old 21st Mar 2010, 16:21
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Hello Guys

anyone from singapore attending the first round on 22nd april?
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