Graduates’ Sharing

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Graduates’ Sharing

Our students and graduates come from a number of different countries and aviation professions, providing an excellent opportunity for them to meet, learn from and network with one another.

They also have one thing in common: They enjoy studying at the Aviation Academy and pursuing their aviation industry dreams.

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June Lo
Student of 2020 Diploma in Aviation Operations
Airfreight Services Coordinator (Documentation Handling), Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl)
"It's not about what you majored in or how much work experience you have — what matters most is finding the right route and going for it!"
I'm a public relations major. I was exploring new career options when I had the chance to attend an information session on the Diploma in Aviation Operations. That was my cue to change my work.

The programme invites HR representatives from companies where interns were placed to talk about career prospects, company culture and so on. That's how I learned about the rapid development of the local air cargo industry and its promising career prospects. Therefore, I picked this position as my first placement choice. I now handle documents related to imports and exports and provide administrative support for the treatment of special goods. Every airline has its unique operating system, so processing documents for many airlines requires a lot of effort and brain power. What keeps me going is my supervisor's acknowledgement and encouragement. It's really not about what you majored in or how much work experience you have — what matters most is finding the right route and going for it!
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Kenneth Chan
Graduate, 2020 Diploma in Aviation Operations
HKIA Scholarship Awardee: Diploma in Aviation Operations Outstanding Performance Scholarship 2020
Customer Service Assistant, Asia Airfreight Terminal (AAT)
The programme’s 12-month placement gives me a launch pad to accelerate my career in air cargo
I had been plotting my career path for some years after graduating from college when I met with instructors from the Aviation Academy, and I got to know more about the booming development of the local air cargo industry. Excited about the opportunities in this growing sector, I enrolled in the Diploma in Aviation Operations to prepare myself for a career change through a 12-month industry placement offered by the programme. I have learnt a lot during the job placement, from fundamental industry knowledge and hands-on practical experience to personal soft skills. I enjoy working in this supportive, flexible team and stay after my placement. I will also continue with my studies and seize every opportunity to turn myself into an air cargo expert.
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Matthew Wong
Student of 2020 Diploma in Aviation Operations
Security Officer, Aviation Security Company Limited (AVSECO)
"Know what you want, aim for it, work hard, learn smart, be a student for life — and opportunities will open up to you."
When I enrolled in the Diploma in Aviation Operations, I already had the aim of taking my placement in a stable yet challenging airport security role. As an Aviation Security Officer, I'm placed in a new position occasionally. Every position has different criteria, duties and procedures. For example, some roles require you to memorise all gate numbers. We patrol restricted areas every day and have to stay vigilant at all times. This requires good memory and stamina, but I enjoy these challenges. It helps me master aviation security knowledge and skills. To take my career to the next level, I plan to pursue the Professional Diploma in Aviation Management after graduation. Making a late start doesn't matter as long as you keep learning and keep your eyes peeled for opportunities!
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Bobby Tsui
Student of 2020 Diploma in Aviation Operations
Cargo Services Officer, Cathay Pacific Services Limited (CPSL)
"Your results don't dictate your career path. You've got to find what you love during the learning process. I hope to identify my goals through work placement and chart my own path."
I first heard about the Aviation Academy when I joined their HKIA introduction course in secondary school. I visited the restricted area at the airport, which made me realise just how diverse the aviation industry is. The airport’s 24/7 operations are made possible by staff from different areas of expertise working closely together. That piqued my interest in the industry. So, after completing the HKDSE, I enrolled in the Diploma in Aviation Operations to equip myself with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills I need to realise my career goals. The programme's 12-month placement helped me identify my interests and develop my strengths. This was how I found my passion for air cargo and gained relevant know-how, such as inspection procedures for aerial vehicles and land vehicles. It was all so refreshing for me! As a newcomer, I sometimes get anxious, and I will confide in my classmates and instructors. Senior staff at the workplace also give me advice on work and interpersonal issues. Gaining on-the-job experience plus interpersonal soft skills are definitely going to be beneficial for my future!
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Wendy Chan
Student of 2020 Diploma in Aviation Operations
Intern, mSolution Consultants Limited (Contractor of Three Runway System (3RS) Project)
"It’s never too late to go after your dream. As a twenty-something, I believe it is the perfect time to find what's right for me."
After studying a business-related associate degree, I worked on a customer service team for a finance corporation. However, I'd always wanted to look for new directions in my career. I came across the Diploma in Aviation Operations by chance, and it awakened my childhood passion for aircraft engineering. Now I'm an intern working on the Three-Runway System related projects, and the on-site work experience has equipped me with all-round skills. For example, I have learnt some fundamental concepts of civil engineering and basic skills of preparing sketches by using drafting software as well as strengthened my presentation skills by consolidating and analysing the raw materials. It's an honour to be part of this major project, which has really opened my eyes. The experience has also encouraged me to further pursue my dream.
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Louis Yan
Student of 2020 Diploma in Aviation Operations
Technical Assistant, AsiaWorld-Expo Management Limited (AWE)
"The start of every journey is the beginning of a new chapter in self-discovery – and the birth of new opportunities!"
I started working in the food and beverage industry shortly after I graduated, but I've always been interested in aviation. Therefore, I applied for the Diploma in Aviation Operations, hoping to explore more career opportunities in the industry.
The programme provides sharing sessions with industry professionals, and it was through these sessions that I discovered the wide variety of roles in the aviation industry and how AsiaWorld-Expo plays a key role in the development of Airport City. My role as an intern at AsiaWorld-Expo involves facilities upgrade, venue logistics, co-ordinating with various contractors and drafting blueprints with computer software. This work placement helps improving my organisational skills and becoming more detail-oriented. It has also enabled me to rediscover my strength and passion for interior design as well as the importance of self-improvement and continuous learning. I can now say I am a student for life. I am excited to continue learning more and creating more new opportunities for myself!
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Clarence Li
Graduate, 2020 Diploma in Aviation Operations
Student of the 2020 Professional Diploma in Aviation Management
This programme offers me an alternative study path to live my aviation dreams. I will keep going in order to turn my dreams into reality, step by step
As an aviation superfan, I have long been determined to pursue a career at the airport. Starting from Aviation Summer Day Camps and the Diploma in Aviation Operations, I am now studying for the Professional Diploma in Aviation Management to get one step closer to achieving my dreams. The instructors at the Aviation Academy are seasoned industry practitioners who always offer practical support and advice on study paths and career development, allowing us to have a deeper understanding of the industry.
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Leo Chan
Graduate, 2020 Diploma in Aviation Operations
Tradesman Trainee, Hong Kong Aero Engine Services Limited (HAESL)
The programme’s integrated classroom-and-placement approach allows me to turn my interest in engineering into a profession
I have always preferred vocational, hands-on learning to traditional, classroom-based training. Therefore, I applied to the Diploma in Aviation Operations after taking the HKDSE in the hope of learning a professional skill. I chose a profession in aircraft engine maintenance, and after more than a year of training, I could complete some of the repair works independently, which brought me a great sense of accomplishment. On the way towards building my career, I have discovered my interests and potential in mechanical engineering along with acquiring professional knowledge, techniques and experience. I plan to acquire a number of licenses and qualifications en route to a professional practice in engine maintenance.
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Cherry Hung
Graduate, 2020 Diploma in Aviation Operations
Student of the 2020 Professional Diploma in Aviation Management
Customer Service Officer, Hong Kong Aviation Ground Services Limited (HAGSL)
The airport is an energetic place full of possibilities. This programme is helping my aviation dreams take flight!
I had wanted to be a flight attendant ever since I was a child, as I was fascinated by the ability to travel around the world and wear attractive uniforms. To make my dream come true, I took the Diploma in Aviation Operations and worked my way into the aviation industry. Though my placement in a customer service position as a ground handling agent is challenging, I have trained my communication skills and ability to handle unexpected situations, and I enjoy showing my team spirit. These skillsets cannot be found in textbooks and will be valuable to my future career development. Why not try pursuing your dreams here?
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Soukkhongthong Voraphet
Graduate, 2017 Advanced Master in Air Transport Management
Director of Air Transport Division, Department of Civil Aviation of Laos PDR
“The programme has equipped me with useful technical knowledge, and I have been inspired by the experiences of speakers and fellow students.”
After working in the aviation industry for 10 years, I wanted to deepen my understanding of the technical and commercial aspects of air transport. This Advanced Master in Air Transport Management covers a broad range of knowledge related to the aviation industry and was precisely what I was looking for, so I signed up immediately. It has enhanced my industry knowledge and negotiation skills, and I have learned to work more efficiently and effectively while focusing my career path to support my long-term goals. I have also been inspired by the experiences of speakers and fellow students from different countries through case studies and lectures.
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Vann Chanty
Graduate, 2017 Advanced Master in Air Transport Management
Director of Air Transport, State Secretariat of Civil Aviation, Cambodia
“The programme has equipped me to take advantage of rising demand for highly skilled aviation professionals in Cambodia.”
Cambodia has been developing a host of transport infrastructure projects in recent years, and the aviation sector as well as demand for aviation professionals continues to grow. I appreciate how the Advanced Master in Air Transport Management has equipped me with the knowledge I need to capture these opportunities in Cambodia’s aviation industry, and I believe the aviation industry in Asia will also stand to gain from the programme in the long run.
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Ray Li
Graduate, 2017 Advanced Master in Air Transport Management
Airport Duty Manager, Airport Authority Hong Kong
“Having discussions and studying with aviation experts from around the world is a great way to gain a better understanding of the industry.”
The Advanced Master in Air Transport Management consists of 12 modules that focus not only on aviation management and specialised industry knowledge, but also some MBA modules. The programme puts theory into practice, and this practical approach in turn strengthens my professional knowledge and skills. Best of all, I have opportunities to get to know aviation experts from different parts of the world, which allows us to exchange ideas and learn from each other and enables me to view aviation industry operations from new perspectives.
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Jakrin Kutantham
Graduate, 2017 Advanced Master in Air Transport Management
Air Navigation Services Standards Officer, Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand
“The interactions among lecturers and students from various roles, aviation bodies and cultural backgrounds are the most interesting part of the programme.”
The Advanced Master in Air Transport Management has been vastly helpful for my career because I believe executives in today’s aviation sector need to have a substantial body of industry knowledge and good management skills – two of the programme’s core focuses. More importantly, the programme invites aviation veterans from different parts of the world to share their experiences with students. I enjoy the sharing a lot, which helps me learn from others’ perspectives while expanding my social and professional network on a global scale.
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