Walt Disney J1 Cultural Exchange Program - The Waiting Game...

Original post date: January 6th, 2015

So it's been two months since I have written my last blog post about the program and that's because there's nothing to talk about. It's been two months of waiting, which I had anticipated so I wasn't too nervous or anxious. A few people have been concerned as DOC emails were going out and were losing hope but I've been through the Disney Careers process enough times to rest assure when my application is in the 'In Progress' stage. As long as you're not in the 'No longer in consideration' stage, you are good!

There are a couple of things that I would like to share my experience on, just in case anyone was wondering.

The DOC email. DOC stands for Disney Onboarding Central, it's where you will find documents to upload such as your proof of student status, role checklist etc. This year, a couple of applicants who applied very early on had gotten these emails as well as the documents to upload. However, Disney had changed the application process so that you do not have to worry about the documents until you get your interview dates. For me, the system glitched and gave me my DOC email but no documents. I was later sent the documents and an invitation for the interview all within the same hour.

The role checklist was a tricky one, I thought I knew what I wanted to do but turns out I was still quite indecisive, but this part really depends on the person. I really wanted to work on operations and attractions because I'm working for a theme park, of course I want to work on the attractions. But I have Disney merchandise experience so I would probably be able to pick up merchandise pretty quickly. Lifeguarding for Disney does not require a license, which is somewhat worrying but lucky for me! The requirements to be a lifeguard at Disney World is, you must be able to swim 200 yards of freestyle or breaststroke, retrieve a 10lb brick from the deepest part of the pool (8 feet) and tread water with hands out of the water for two minutes. Housekeeping sounds fun too just because I'm weird and I like cleaning and straightening up a room but I want a role where I can have a good amount of guest interaction and finally full service food and beverage because I've always wanted to work as a waitress, it's just one of those jobs that every teenager should experience, except I technically won't be a teenager by then, but I'm sure I'll be able to witness many magical moments in a dinner setting. As for everything else, I was honest and put low or no interest. I've heard that the interviewers will ask why you have put no interest and I am prepared to answer it; I want to work in an environment where I can create magical moments by interacting with the guests.

Next thing I did, was scheduling my interview appointment. Once you get your invitation, I highly recommend you not to go back to sleep like I did and book your interview times!! The Toronto interviews had their presentations at 9:30AM and then interviews starts at 12:00PM. I knew I wanted to do an early interview because I didn't want to sit there and get nervous for the rest of the day. It's also nicer to get it over with and have the rest of the day to myself. But of course, I decided to stay in bed and drift back to sleep, so my interview time is now on January 29th, 2015 at 3:00PM -4:00PM.

So until then, I'm going to plan my interview outfit and start on my interview cheat sheet. By interview cheat sheet, I mean looking up general and Disney interview questions and answering them. I'm the type of person where if you ask me a pretty sudden question, I would have literally no idea what to say, everything just seems to blank out. So by writing out some of my answers, I would be more prepared for the interview questions.

My next blog post will definitely be my interview blog post! I'm also going to put in a little timeline of things that go through my head during that day so stay tuned!

Walt Disney J1 Cultural Exchange Program - APPLICATION

Original Post date: November 1st, 2014

I'm going to start documenting this so I could look back on it or maybe it could help someone! Let's hope my blog posts don't cut short and I make it to the end! Just a little brief background about me, I am applying through the Disney Careers website from Toronto, Canada, I am in second year university and I have worked as a cast member at the Disney Store.

I was looking into the program at the beginning of the year and I had checked the Disney Careers website late August as several blogs have said applications usually start in August but I found nothing and assumed I had missed the application date. It wasn't a big deal to me since I wasn't sure if I was ready to travel abroad and live in a different country as well as the fact that I'm not legal in America. However, you can only do this program a maximum of three times and in case I do want to do it three times, I'd have to start this year.

I started tweaking my resume and cover letter to fit the program better. I included all of my successful long term volunteering and employment as well as any short term volunteering that portrays my personality and character. My resume is about two pages long and as for my cover letter, I mainly talked about why I wanted to be in the program and what I loved about the company but I also included reasons why I would be suitable for the program to back it up. I have previous history with the company as a seasonal cast member for 2013 and 2014 so I briefly touched upon my experiences there.

I have yet to submit my application yet because I want someone to proofread my resume and cover letter. Personally I hate having someone proofread just because I know my English and grammar isn't the best but that's why I need proofreading, especially when it's something like this. I would like to get it done right. I also want to use my resources and get references from my managers at Disney. Once I get everything proofread, I will get my references this week and hopefully submit everything by Monday.

Edit: Just moving my old blogposts from WordPress as the URL was no long available.