Hi everyone! I am a former Tomorrowland Merchandise cast member (WDW), and I moved down to Florida to work for Disney. I had been sick and wanted a leave of absence, but I was unable to get one, so I quit, which saddened me. I still wish that I hadn’t left. (This is super long, and I’m sorry- my main, main question is in the last paragraph, so if you really want, you could skip down to the bold part…!)
But, I’m in good standing with the company, and I’m graduating in a couple weeks with my Bachelor’s degree in Communications. I have applied to other companies, but my heart is telling me to go back to Disney, which was my ultimate plan, but I wasn’t sure if I’d start at another company and transfer, having gained some experience elsewhere.
Ideally I would have a job that requires a 4-year degree, or even one that requires a 2-year degree. I know, though, that it’s hard to get jobs with Disney when you’re outside the company. In March, I applied to three (I think) Professional Internships, but I haven’t heard anything back yet (they have until May 16th, I think, to contact the person they want). I recently applied for a position through DisneyCareers.com, but I don’t even know if I’m qualified for it, but I figured that it’d be worth a shot.
I know that I want to work for Disney, and a huge goal for me is moving up in the company. I know that it’s easier to move up in the company (or even to get hired by the company) if you’re a cast member. So, should I, even though I have a college degree, go to Casting and get a part-time or full-time job, in Merchandise, or Attractions, or Housekeeping, or something like that? How long must you work in a position until you can be eligible to use the Intranet and apply to jobs/move up to a higher position? I don’t want to work in a restaurant. Ideally, I don’t want to do merchandise again, just because I’ve been cashiering since I was 15 and want to try something new. I’m thinking Housekeeping…it is hard work, but I’m looking for something semi-challenging. I’m assuming that housekeepers don’t interact with guests as much as cast members in other roles do, and my major is Communications, so that might not fit in terms of that.
A couple years ago, I went back to Casting, because I didn’t know if I wanted to come back at that time or not, but I figured I’d have an interview for character performer anyway (I had previously done an audition, but I was put on the waitlist and never heard anything back)…I didn’t end up coming back, but I had the same Recruiter as I had for my initial interview. Do you always have the same Recruiter? My Recruiter intimidates me! She’s not mean or anything, and maybe I’d be intimidated by any Recruiter…but I’m just curious, I guess. I’m nervous about the “Tell us about a time you helped a customer” question- I have no specific answer…I was a speedy cashier in all my cashiering jobs, but I’ve never had such a unique experience with a customer that I would remember…that question alone intimidates me. Also, I know that she (or whoever my Recruiter would be) might ask why I want the job I want. Could I just have an interview without saying which job I want and have the interviewer help me out; could she ask me questions and see what would be a good fit?
Do Recruiters, in Casting, really care about your ambitions? If I told her that I want to move up in the company, does that matter? I understand that I need to “start from the bottom”, but a question I have for all of you (and maybe for my Recruiter) is: Do certain roles allow you to move up in different ways? If I go into Merchandise, Attractions, Housekeeping, or whatever else (I’m not quite sure what else I’d be eligible for, besides restaurants, which I don’t want- what else is available at Casting?), would I be able to move up the same way? If I work there for X months or X years, could I move up to the next level, whatever that is, in the same way for each role? I’m probably not explaining my thoughts well. If being a Merchandise Hostess leads to becoming an Assistant Merchandise Manager, would being in Housekeeping lead to becoming an Assistant Housekeeping Manager, or whatever the initial moving-up level is?
Being an almost-college grad, the thought of making $6.90 or so an hour isn’t an awesome thought, but I know that I want to work for Disney, so I need to put in my time. I just really want to know how being a Merchandise Hostess or a Housekeeper will lead to bigger and better things with Disney.
Thank you so much!!!