I thought it would be good to post about this, as I know a lot of people who do the program struggle with the decision to self-term. I will honestly say that I didn’t struggle very much with my decision. That could be because I had already completed a program, but ultimately, I think I knew in my heart that it was time to get away from Disney and go home.
Just a little background info: I started the Disney College Program back in June as a Fall Advantage participant. I was hired as Quick-Service Food and Beverage. If you read any of my other posts, you would know that I hated my role and my location. Things never got better, they really only got worse, but I loved all the people I worked with, and I had my roommates and other friends to whom I could vent my frustrations. I never thought about going home (except during the summer, like once).
This will be a short post. It’s been a while since I wrote an article about the DCP. I’ve been here for almost a month now, so I thought it would be good to write an update. So, I checked into one of the CP complexes on June 6. It was really fast this time around since I checked in at the complex where I was actually going to stay. They used to give us our work location in the check-in process, but they didn’t this time, and I got it when I went to casting. I was a bit disappointed when I found out I was working in a resort and not a park, but I liked the resort I got, so I was fine. Traditions was alright, but it was a lot longer than I remembered previously and we spent less time walking around Magic Kingdom.
Training took about three weeks since they spread out our training on different stations and mixed in regular shifts with it. I love the people I work with but I don’t really like the job. It’s boring, and they have WAY too many people working there. I’m just hoping that perhaps I get deployed somewhere else or get to work Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival because I feel like I’m going to lose my mind being in such a boring location! Anyway, that’s how my DCP life is going. Hopefully it gets better. On the plus side, I like my roommates, and I’m really not miserable at work, I just wish I were busier.
I finally have a free moment! So, as you no doubt have already surmised, I was accepted into the Disney College Program. I was accepted into the Fall Advantage 2016 program at Disney World and was offered a role in Quick-Service Food and Beverage. This acceptance came exactly a week (well, a few hours less than a week) after my phone interview on February 12, which really surprised me.
Now, I’m not going to lie. I incredibly excited to receive the “Congratulations” email from Disney, but when I opened up my offer and saw my role, I was quite disappointed. In my phone interview, we only briefly talked about QSFB (and it was low interest), and I thought I highlighted how I would work well and had experience in other roles (since I currently work in fast food), but since getting the results was so fast, I can only assume that they only really considered me for QSFB.
Yay! So, I had my phone interview yesterday a little after noon, and I just wanted to write about it in case some alumni are thinking of applying and want to know some of the questions that they might be asked.
The woman who interviewed me actually called me ten minutes early! For my first program, I was called around two minutes early, so I was really surprised at it being ten minutes early this time, but I was prepared, so there was no issue with that. We ended up talking for twenty-three minutes, which is about twelve minutes longer than I talked to the recruiter on my phone interview for my first program.
It’s already the last day of January, and I am determined to have at least one blog post for every month of this year, so I decided to do an easy one (I’ve been working on a review for Reply 1988, but reviews take so long, and with the insane amount of hours I’m taking this semester plus working, I hardly have time to do anything else) and just tell of my experience applying for the Fall/Fall Advantage 2016 Disney College Program. If things ever slow down for me this semester, I might apply for some Professional Internships, but since those require a lot of time to apply and prepare, I’m holding off on those for right now.