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Old 20th Nov 2021, 13:13
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Employment question

Hello, would like to seek advice/opinion.

I am a fresh graduate CPL holder, my dream is to work for my country's airline. I come from a country that doesn't have many local pilots and the supply of pilots is not saturated in the market. Before Covid the airline was already short of pilots for their regional line, after the pandemic they have made more cuts towards the staff especially the foreign pilots. The airline in my country has a cadet programme which i opted for in the beginning but due to the delayed process i did my training independently, at the time the opportunity cost and time wasted was unfavourable.

Whenever i see job adverts for said airline there is usually a minimum 1500h requirement, however i know a few foreign FOs who have gotten hired with a fresh CPL possibly through nepotism. I kindly seek advice from the veterans of the industry, on whether i should even try applying for my local airline or do you think it would be a waste of time, since they train their cadets from specific flight academies (however the academy where i did my training is also of quality) and that most ads in the past has a minimum hour cutoff. I guess the reason for this post is to know if airlines give consideration/preference for a local and whether it is also possible to hire a fresh graduate.

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Old 20th Nov 2021, 13:30
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Originally Posted by twinotterifr View Post
Hello, would like to seek advice/opinion.

I am a fresh graduate CPL holder, my dream is to work for my country's airline. I come from a country that doesn't have many local pilots and the supply of pilots is not saturated in the market. Before Covid the airline was already short of pilots for their regional line, after the pandemic they have made more cuts towards the staff especially the foreign pilots. The airline in my country has a cadet programme which i opted for in the beginning but due to the delayed process i did my training independently, at the time the opportunity cost and time wasted was unfavourable.

Whenever i see job adverts for said airline there is usually a minimum 1500h requirement, however i know a few foreign FOs who have gotten hired with a fresh CPL possibly through nepotism. I kindly seek advice from the veterans of the industry, on whether i should even try applying for my local airline or do you think it would be a waste of time, since they train their cadets from specific flight academies (however the academy where i did my training is also of quality) and that most ads in the past has a minimum hour cutoff. I guess the reason for this post is to know if airlines give consideration/preference for a local and whether it is also possible to hire a fresh graduate.

cheers
Hey,

Do not wait any longer and look for the best possible way to apply for your local airline, and just do it. You will never know what will be the result unless you do it.

Each country and airline has a different attitude towards locals and foreigners. You are posting this in the SEAsian forum, so I assume that is where you come from. 90% of foreign fresh CPL holders that I've seen employed in airlines in Asia in the recent years have got the job by paying for it, either directly to the airline, or disguised as a fee for the agency that finds them the job. There is little you can do against that so my adivce would be to try (getting to know someone inside helps a great deal) and, if it doesn't work out, try somewhere else, do not wait for an opportunity that may or not come. Gain experience, see how is life in other places, and maybe you'll end not even wanting to come back to live in your own country, you never know...

Good luck!
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Old 20th Nov 2021, 15:08
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Iggy's right, twinotterifr,

Don't wait, especially as it sounds like it could be a long time, with having to "pay" ! Get some experience,say, by instructing somewhere, even abroad. Your hours will accrue quickly and you may even get some local airtaxi time.
Do it sooner rather than later though, as your skills will deteriorate quickly.
Fly anything at the moment as long as it gets you a sandwich and a cup of tea ! Then you can go and rattle door handles or, better still, they might even be ringing you up ! Good luck.
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