As one of the world’s biggest and best airlines, we offer a range of graduate trainee programmes, internships and other entry-level opportunities. Explore below to see where you fit and discover just how far a career with us can take you.
While some of our entry-level roles require a specific degree, others simply require professional and passionate individuals with the right attitude and skills.
Examples of our entry-level roles include:
If you love working with people in an exciting environment that keeps you thinking on your feet, one of our entry-level customer facing roles could be for you. Roles include; Flight Attendants, Customer Service Officers, Baggage Service Officers and Customer Contact Specialists.
If you dream of taking to the skies as a pilot, we can make your dream a reality. You don’t necessarily need flight experience, however, an aptitude and passion for aviation are essential. On your journey to becoming a Captain at one of the world’s greatest airlines, you will be trained, developed and supported by the most respected professionals in the industry.
IT Graduate Trainee Programme
About the Programme
Over the course of two years, IT Trainees will have the chance to work with the latest technologies and contribute to major projects that make a visible impact on airline operations and on the quality experience that we deliver to customers. The programme is designed for candidates with a passion for technology and aviation and offers an unparalleled start to a fulfilling career in information technology.
A well-rounded learning experience that includes training and rotations through a wide range of IT disciplines such as business analysis, systems analysis, infrastructure analysis, service management and project management. The programme will enable you to explore where your strengths and interests lie. You will build valuable connections and networks as you interact with some of the brightest minds in the business. The broad professional skill set you gained will set you up for a long-lasting and successful career at Cathay Pacific.
Depending on your assigned rotations, you may have the opportunity to:
From the very first rotation, you will be heavily supported via on-the-job training, performance management processes and one-on-one mentorship by our senior IT managers. You will also receive on-going opportunities to build networks throughout the business, interact with senior managers and collaborate with IT specialists from many disciplines.
Upon successful completion of the programme, you will be qualified as an IT specialist and take on a permanent role within our Application Solutions or Infrastructure and Operations teams. Roles include solution analyst, project manager, solution architect, infrastructure engineer or IT centre analyst. We will endeavour to place you in an area that aligns with your interests.
Your development will be managed via our corporate Performance and Development Management process. You will also benefit from the direction of our IT Practice Management Group, which caters for technical training needs and facilitates communities of practice groups, where technical professionals support each other in building best-in-class practices in all IT streams.
The following will be essential for entry into the programme:
Application for 2018 IT Graduate Trainee Programme is now closed.
Graduate Engineer Programme
Engineering is the cornerstone of Cathay Pacific’s operation. Our talented team of ambitious and passionate graduates, highly experienced engineers, managers and industry experts work together to ensure that we maintain our reputation as one of the best and safest airlines in the world.
About the programme
Our HKIE Scheme A-accredited Graduate Engineer Programme offers successful candidates the opportunity to rotate through an expansive engineering operation while being exposed to advanced aviation technologies and one of the industry’s youngest and most sophisticated air fleets.
During the 3-year programme, you will receive regular coaching and feedback from industry-leading technical mentors, senior managers and engineering talent from across the globe. You will be exposed to a world-class fleet – which includes Boeing 747s and 777s, and Airbus Industrie A330s, A340s and A350s – and enjoy many opportunities to collaborate with designers, procurement specialists and planners.
The programme, which runs for 36 months, is based between our offices and engineering facilities, with some opportunities to be based abroad. It is designed to help you:
Please note: subject to operational needs and work patterns associated with various training assignments, on occasion you may have to work on shifts.
As a Graduate Engineer, you could perform all or any of the following key responsibilities:
Once you have completed the three-year Graduate Engineer Programme, you will have the opportunity to specialise in either our Operations and Fleet Programmes section
The following requirements are essential for entry into the programme:
Application for 2018 Graduate Engineer Programme is now closed.
Swire Management Trainee Programme
We have an unwavering commitment to growing and nurturing business leaders of the future through the Management Trainee Programme, which has been in operation since 1968. It offers an opportunity for you to gain valuable hands-on exposure to airline operations in Hong Kong and overseas as well as close support and mentorship from Cathay Pacific Directors.
Our high performing Management Trainees are given the chance to fast track their careers to management positions across a broad range of business areas.
About the programme
The programme is managed by John Swire & Sons (HK), who own various companies globally, including the Cathay Pacific Group. Swire selects the best new graduate talent through a central recruitment process and the successful applicants to various Swire Group companies. During the programme, the Management Trainees will develop invaluable skills and experience for a career in the airline industry.
Your career path
The first three months
You will undergo an intensive induction programme covering the principles of management and a general orientation of the airline business. This will include:
Three-year development programme
Following the induction, you will embark on a three-year development programme that offers a taste of various parts of our business in and out of Hong Kong, as well as a deeper understanding of our key operations. You will be assigned to each of the following areas for one year, typically as an Assistant to the General Manager:
The knowledge you gain will be indispensable as you advance to senior positions within the Group, whether it is with Cathay Pacific or Cathay Dragon.
After three years
After completing the three-year development programme, you will continue to fast track your path towards general management with rotations every 2-3 years within Hong Kong, China or other global locations around the world.
Here are some example roles where your trainee programme can take you:
To be considered for a place in the programme, you will need to have:
If you're an Engineering undergraduate who's enthusiastic about aviation, join our seven-week winter internship commence in December 2018 to February 2019, to learn what a career in aircraft engineering is all about and gain a competitive edge that will help get your career off to a flying start.
Application for 2018/19 Engineering winter internship programme is now open.
If you are enthusiastic about aviation and technology, our seven-week trainee programme is an exciting and unique opportunity to develop your professional skills with valuable hands-on, real-time experience. During the programme, you will be assigned to one of our IT projects and have the opportunity to network with and learn from IT specialists via on-the-job training and shadowing
Application for 2018 IT Internship Programme – winter intake is now open.
A summer internship with Cathay Pacific provides a great opportunity to experience the dynamic airline industry. Summer internship opportunities in Cathay Pacific are available through the Swire Summer Internship Programme.