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Cathay Pacific Cadet Pilot Programme

Old 12th Jul 2022, 18:50
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CX has such low standards for cadets now.
I know few people only got ICAO 4 but still get into the program.
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Old 14th Jul 2022, 06:20
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Originally Posted by Butterflyfish
CX has such low standards for cadets now.
I know few people only got ICAO 4 but still get into the program.
i can't see any problems. Don't you know the new CE has only finished secondary school and his master winnie the pooh only has primary school level.
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Old 14th Jul 2022, 12:45
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Originally Posted by Low budget pilot
i can't see any problems. Don't you know the new CE has only finished secondary school and his master winnie the pooh only has primary school level.
At least the new CE and his master both get a translator! Airline Pilots? Nope. Sorry.
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Old 14th Jul 2022, 12:56
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Originally Posted by Low budget pilot
i can't see any problems. Don't you know the new CE has only finished secondary school and his master winnie the pooh only has primary school level.
I think what Butterflyfish is trying to emphasize is the standard, because if you read back some of the stuffs posted years ago, Cathay did prefer their cadets to have at least level 5 or above, even though they didn't put it in writing. So obviously the standard has been declining every year. By the way, pilots aren't politicians. In politics, you get a translator, but in the cockpit, you don't. So you just can't put them side by side.
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Old 15th Aug 2022, 09:16
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Does age matter? Will CX take a cadet at age 30-40s?
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Old 17th Aug 2022, 15:04
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Originally Posted by unbakedmirrors
Does age matter? Will CX take a cadet at age 30-40s?
I have seen mid 30s cadet. dont worry
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Old 24th Aug 2022, 13:56
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Anyone would like to form a study gp pls add me at tg ~@JPAMANN im still a student but would really like to get started on trying for cadet pilot.
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Old 31st Aug 2022, 14:49
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no-reply Email address?

Was invited in an email by Cathay 2 weeks ago to take the ICAO. The email also contained instructions to "reply to this email within one week" if you are currently living overseas, which I am. Seems simple enough, right?

However, the email address from which they sent the email displays "careers_no_reply@cathaypacific.com". Was a bit skeptical about whether or not Cathay would be able to receive my reply, so I sent a copy of my reply to "[email protected]" as well.

Radio silence thus far. I know the ICAO is just the very first step of the recruitment process and thus I'm a small fish, but you'd think that a company as big as Cathay would at least send an acknowledgement receipt, provided that they were able to receive my reply with the "careers_no_reply" email address in the first place lol.

Do you think Cathay has received my reply? Has anyone else replied to "careers_no_reply" and gotten a response? Is it normal to wait so long?

Just worried that Cathay may think I am no longer interested in continuing my application, when I very much am.
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Old 3rd Sep 2022, 19:22
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Originally Posted by 0sprey
Was invited in an email by Cathay 2 weeks ago to take the ICAO. The email also contained instructions to "reply to this email within one week" if you are currently living overseas, which I am. Seems simple enough, right?

However, the email address from which they sent the email displays "careers_no_reply@cathaypacific.com". Was a bit skeptical about whether or not Cathay would be able to receive my reply, so I sent a copy of my reply to "[email protected]" as well.

Radio silence thus far. I know the ICAO is just the very first step of the recruitment process and thus I'm a small fish, but you'd think that a company as big as Cathay would at least send an acknowledgement receipt, provided that they were able to receive my reply with the "careers_no_reply" email address in the first place lol.

Do you think Cathay has received my reply? Has anyone else replied to "careers_no_reply" and gotten a response? Is it normal to wait so long?

Just worried that Cathay may think I am no longer interested in continuing my application, when I very much am.
Out of curiosity, how long after your application were you invited to take the ICAO?
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Old 4th Sep 2022, 05:02
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Originally Posted by undecidedwannabe
Out of curiosity, how long after your application were you invited to take the ICAO?
I was invited roughly 9 weeks after I sent my application, a week after the 8 week communication deadline. Did you apply as well?
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Old 5th Sep 2022, 09:54
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Originally Posted by 0sprey
Was invited in an email by Cathay 2 weeks ago to take the ICAO. The email also contained instructions to "reply to this email within one week" if you are currently living overseas, which I am. Seems simple enough, right?

However, the email address from which they sent the email displays "careers_no_reply@cathaypacific.com". Was a bit skeptical about whether or not Cathay would be able to receive my reply, so I sent a copy of my reply to "[email protected]" as well.

Radio silence thus far. I know the ICAO is just the very first step of the recruitment process and thus I'm a small fish, but you'd think that a company as big as Cathay would at least send an acknowledgement receipt, provided that they were able to receive my reply with the "careers_no_reply" email address in the first place lol.

Do you think Cathay has received my reply? Has anyone else replied to "careers_no_reply" and gotten a response? Is it normal to wait so long?

Just worried that Cathay may think I am no longer interested in continuing my application, when I very much am.

They used to include a contact person and a phone number in the invitation, regardless of which stage you are at, and this person would normally be the point of contact. Seems those folks no longer with the company anymore. Maybe they are short of staffs?
Just so you know my cousin wrote them two months ago to enquire about the program, and he is still waiting for a reply. Says it all.
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Old 6th Sep 2022, 09:58
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From South China Morning Post:

“HongKong transport companies: CityBus and First Bus report they are not worried about Cathay’s Cadet hiring targets. An unnamed employee in talent management went off the record to say; ‘from what we hear the contract and working conditions at CX are so bad our drivers are in no hurry to earn less, take on debt, or spend weeks locked up for a virus with 0.008% mortality rate. Our drivers can move swiftly up the ranks and upgrade to double decker is running at 6 months, not 6 years’.

Both companies confirmed they will will be warding off any poaching attempts by CX recruiters, if any of them still exist.”
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Old 8th Sep 2022, 03:30
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Originally Posted by 0sprey
I was invited roughly 9 weeks after I sent my application, a week after the 8 week communication deadline. Did you apply as well?
hey Osprey, I applied years ago but thinking of giving it another shot.

I’m also overseas in Canada and got a few questions
- do they still hold assessments, at least the initial ones, in Vancouver?
- I just read that from you that it seems like they do the ICAO testing first. Has the assessment steps changed from a few years ago?
- I keep reading negative responses from people saying not to join the cadet program. I’m pretty set on getting in myself but is there any truth in what’s out there or is it a case of just eye on the prize and ignoring the noise?
- lastly a comment .. wow this forum thread is pretty dead compared to years ago

thanks
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Old 8th Sep 2022, 07:59
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Originally Posted by honggil
hey Osprey, I applied years ago but thinking of giving it another shot.

I’m also overseas in Canada and got a few questions
- do they still hold assessments, at least the initial ones, in Vancouver?
- I just read that from you that it seems like they do the ICAO testing first. Has the assessment steps changed from a few years ago?
- I keep reading negative responses from people saying not to join the cadet program. I’m pretty set on getting in myself but is there any truth in what’s out there or is it a case of just eye on the prize and ignoring the noise?
- lastly a comment .. wow this forum thread is pretty dead compared to years ago

thanks
​​​​​​honggil, did you know they have just signed a three years deal with Polytechnic University on Monday on delivering ground school training for the cadets? Did you also know flight planning and group activities have been taken out from the process as well?
Now, if you are smart enough, you would have asked yourself, why is it necessary to split the program into two different locations given that they have had really good work relationship with FTA since 1994?? If the Program still as glamorous as it used to be, why Kelly Crawford, Nicola Bean, Monica Chang have all left the company? Mike Evans has left as well did you know that? Also, did you know the seniority system has gone as well? Did you also know the company can now change all the terms and conditions on the contract at their own discretion at anytime they want? Meaning, if they decide NOT to promote you, or they decide to FIRE you, (like Cathay Dragon), or they decide to CHANGE anything on the contract, they can!
I think you better do a heaps of research before you make your own decision. The cadet program is NOT the same as it was before. The company is NOT the same as it was. Hong Kong is NOT the same as it was before.
If you think you still want to get in AFTER you have all your facts straighten up, GO FOR IT. It's YOUR LIFE, YOUR DECISION.
Good luck.
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Old 8th Sep 2022, 20:45
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Cathay Pacific Cadet Program

Hi all,

I have just been invited to take an aptitude test for the Cathay Cadet Program and am wondering if anyone has any suggestions on how to study for these. I have seen many online aptitude test packages, I’m assuming this is the best way to go… thoughts?

Also, if anyone has been inducted into the cadet ship and there are some nuances that the do not disclose please feel free to add them on. I’d like to know what I’m potentially getting myself into.

Cheers
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Old 9th Sep 2022, 03:57
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There is a thread title Cadet Pilot Program and it fills with all the good stuff, both past and present, so there isn’t really a need to open another one.

If you want to know what potentially you are getting yourself into, go read other threads under section “Fragrant Harbour” It should give you some good insight about the current climate of the company.

Just so you know the CEO threw out some big numbers recently in terms of headcount, which means it’s much easier to get in the program nowadays than before. Recruiters need to keep up with their KPI as well.

All the best.
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Old 16th Sep 2022, 10:54
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Originally Posted by whitsunday
They used to include a contact person and a phone number in the invitation, regardless of which stage you are at, and this person would normally be the point of contact. Seems those folks no longer with the company anymore. Maybe they are short of staffs?
Just so you know my cousin wrote them two months ago to enquire about the program, and he is still waiting for a reply. Says it all.
So I didn't get a contact listed in the email, but I did receive a call about 10 weeks after I applied. It was from someone who worked for Cathay. They encouraged me to return to HK (I was overseas then) to perform the ICAO, which I did. I got a name and email after that call, but it took a lot of time!
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Old 23rd Sep 2022, 08:42
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Contacts

In case if anyone needs to reach out to the HR ladies, here you go.

Elene Cheng
Talent Acquisition Manager Operations
Tel: 2747 8246
[email protected]

Candy Tse
Assistant Manager Talent Acquisition
Tel: 2747 8248
[email protected]

Stephanie Lawton
Head of Flight Crew People Services
[email protected]

Flight Crew Recruitment
[email protected]
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Old 25th Sep 2022, 03:17
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Can any recent DESOs shed light on the application and interview process?
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Old 29th Sep 2022, 06:33
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Hey mate! Also got invitaed for Aptitude tests, would u like to give me a feedback?
feel free to send me a message on Whatsapp!
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