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Will a prestigious University degree enhance my chances of becoming an airline pilot?
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Friday, 08 January 2010 08:43

Dear Captain Lim,

I am a transfer student deciding between UCLA and UCSB for a B.A. in Economics.

Personally, I would rather go to UCSB. However, UCLA has a better reputation. Should I sacrifice my desire to go to Santa Barbara for a better school's reputation on my resume?

I think it will give me only a slightly higher chance, but I am looking to apply for Cathay Pacific's Cadet Pilot program, and the employers in Hong Kong will definitely recognize UCLA's name, but maybe not UCSB.

It's a pretty big dilemma I'm having!

Thanks!

Sincerely,

Jeremy Tan

Hi Jeremy,

A degree from a prestigious University is definitely an advantage when applying for the Cathay Pacific’s Cadet Program but that is not a guarantee of getting a ticket to an airline job. Knowing Cathay’s very stringent interviewing processes, you have to possess many other qualities as well before they would consider you as their prospective employee.

A candidate may be smart but breaks down under pressure, is something the interviewing board would look at. Amongst others, he must also be a team player and not a loner. He must have a good attitude as well as the excellent aptitude to perform the hand-to-eye co-ordination in various tests. He must have good communication skills and converse well in English. He must be self confident and has good leadership qualities.

Well, these are just a few of the attributes you must also have besides possessing a prestigious University degree.

I wish you all the best in your preparation to become a good airline pilot in the future. alt

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Captain Lim,

Thank you for your quick response on the topic of Universities! That helped me shift my interest from UCSB to UCLA.

Now my other question is, is it OK to have tattoos on my torso? Just two, and they are covered up with a T-shirt on.

I've searched your website and it says to not have "visible tattoos", but is it okay to have non-visible tattoos?

I really appreciate your site, you are an aviation celebrity! Haha

Regards,

Jeremy Tan
Jeremy Tan , 16 Jan, 2010
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Yes, I hope non-visible tattoos are alright smilies/cheesy.gif !
Captain Lim , 16 Jan, 2010
Degree for pilot?

Captain Lim,
I'm an undergraduate student for Bachelor in Civil Engineering(Final Year). I'm very interested to join for airlines. Will there be any interviews in these few months for SIA/MAS cadet pilot recruitment?

SK
SK , 19 Jan, 2010

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