Mr. Kobee Ko, a young pilot in a major commercial airline in Hong Kong, came to our school to give our F.4 and F.5 students a talk on how he became a pilot on February 4.
During the sharing session, he talked about his past without reserve. He grew up in an ordinary family. His parents were working in the catering industry. As he did not do well in public exams, he entered the Institute of Vocational Education (IVE) after Form 5.
With his own effort, he obtained a Bachelor Degree in Information Technology from a university in Australia. Upon graduation, he soon found an IT job in a company.
After working in that company for several years, he started re-discovering his childhood dream of being a pilot. So he quitted the job and joined a cadet pilot training program offered by a local airline in which he is now working as a second officer.
His background is quite similar to what many of our students are experiencing now. His courage to face any problem may be his key to success. “If you see any problem, be decisive, and fix it,” Kobee told our students.
Speaking of the requirements to become a pilot, he stressed that good numerical skills and fluent English are necessary because a pilot needs to communicate with colleagues from around the world.
Some students were curious about how he attained fluency in English. Kobee told them the secret was to have no fear of speaking English. “Practice makes perfect. The more you practice, the sooner you will get better," said the young pilot.