We have much to catch up on.

21 05 2011

Hey everyone. As we speak I type this from my iPhone in Denny’s along not I-15 but 192 in Florida. Much has happened. Stay tuned.





Midterms…ugh

13 03 2011

I know i’ve been busy with midterms, work, recruiting, etc and have not done a recent blog post.  Fear not, i’ll have a couple more coming out this week hopefully.
In the meantime, go to http://www.youtube.com/avsfan3721 to see what i’ve been up to.





Exciting News

1 03 2011

Hello once again blog world, it’s time for me to fill you all in on a number of stories from the last few weeks.

  • WDWCP
  • Disney trip
  • Daytona

First off: WDWCP.  As many of my friends on Facebook know now, I applied on the second day applications were open for the Walt Disney College Program and was accepted for Fall Advantage (May – Jan) in Attractions.  I’ve very excited about this because I will be living with my friends Karen, Robby and my old roommate Austin.  The other reason I am excited is FA11 will be a reunion of sorts because quite a number of my friends from SA10 will be returning to the land of magic.

A few weeks ago, I travelled with my dad down to Florida and were able to enjoy the parks, attempted Universal and went to the Daytona 500.  I posted a video updating my followers on Youtube of what advancements and changes were taking place while I was there which you can find out yourself by clicking here. I also hung out with a number of friends I’ve made through the FB group and skype who are currently on the CP.

Daytona…oh Daytona.  The birthplace of speed, the foundation of a culture, the memorial for an icon.  Anyone you ask who follows Nascar to an extend has a story to share with you about Daytona.  Mine however isn’t one of fondness.  February 18th 2001, Nascar lost Dale Earnhardt on the final corner on the final lap of the 500.  His death cast a shroud over the sport and brought millions of people to tears.  I remember the moment it happened, the preceding hours afterwords and the loss I felt watching my sports icon pass before my eyes.  My family travelled that summer to Florida for the first time and went to both WDW and Daytona.  This year marked the 10th anniversary of Earnhardt’s passing and I knew what it would mean to my father so we went to the 500.

A new track, faster speeds, paired up racing.  No one really knew what would happen, but one thing was certain: the sport would pay hommage to the Intimidator.  On the third lap as the cars raced across the start finish line, over 150,000 voices became silent, the only spoken bond a three fingered salute.  It was awe inspiring, watching cars race only to have the tail wind followed by silence.  It’s probably what Earnhardt would have wanted.  No pomp and circumstance, but for the race to go on.  I’ll be putting a vlog up soon of the RPDE as well as the Daytona race.

Till next we blog.

 





Back in Salt Lake

22 02 2011

Hey everyone, i’m back in Salt Lake currently working on a number of things right now.  I’ve got 3 or 4 upcoming vlogs filmed and editing from the trip to Florida and Daytona as well as a few blog posts i’m mocking up and will hopefully have up later in the week.

More to come!





Traveling

17 02 2011

Just thought i would stop by here for a quick second.  I’m leaving the snowy frigid landscape of Salt Lake for the blue skies and sun in Daytona and ORLANDO!

Expect a number of posts concerning what new updates have gone on around WDW as well as NASCAR blogs.

Later all.





End of an Era

10 02 2011

Today marks the end of an era.  A moment that every fan never wants to witness but knows that one day it will happen.  Today, Utah Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan the longest tenured head coach in any American sport resigned from the Jazz after 23 seasons along with Assistant Phil Johnson.

Many will question if the resignation was brought on my debates with players, predictability or management.  We may not ever truely know but as Sloan stated, he simply didn’t have the energy that he had ten years past.  I’m inclined to believe Jerry simply because when it comes to the media he doesn’t cut corners and tells it like it is.  He’s had issues with players every single season one way or another.  Management always wants to have their hands in the coaching and production that will hopefully lead to a championship.

Conspiracy theory as much as you want, but the NBA will never be the same.  Sloan was old school, a coach that instilled an accountability and determination that very few coaches, let alone athletes understand.  Today players will do whatever it takes to win a championship, even if they go about doing it all the wrong ways.  Sloan’s methodology of making the players accountable really taught the players how to be players instead of in it for the money in my opinion.

Utah doesn’t have the same reputation of the Lakers or the Celtics, but year in year out they were consistant and played the game the way it was meant to be played, to the best of their abilities as a team.   With this mindset we made it the finals twice, falling both times to the Bulls and MJ but Sloan showed the league that his methods worked.

Tomorrow will be unique, as the dust settles from the bombshell of Sloan and Johnson’s departure.  It’ll not be the same seeing the Jazz take the floor without Jerry there constantly hounding his boys to play to their fullest.  I don’t know how the team will come together but I know that they will always remember the ethics drilled into them by an NBA great.

Thanks Jerry and Phil.  You gave Utah a team to be proud of even if we have no titles to show for it.  You gave us a team that we would call our own.





Congrats

6 02 2011

Congrats to the Packers for winning the Super Bowl.  It started off as a very one-sided game but became slightly more interesting and intense which i’m glad to see since the last few Super Bowls have been blowouts.

The commercials (or the good ones) were few and far between this year.  Snickers, Best Buy and movie trailers were the best in my opinion where as Brisk tried to re-envigorate the super bowl ads of the past while Groupon…slapped alot of us in the face with their ad.

Now that Aaron Rodgers can finally step out of the Brett Favre light and into the glory of being a Super Bowl champion he has just one of many appearances to make…including his ticker tape parade down Main Street USA at WDW.  I was their purely by accident after the Saints won their championship last year and walking down Main Street hearing NOLA jazz and the chanting of WHO DAT? was rather invigorating and I realized just how much of an impact a championship can give to a community.  Not just with the recent history and overcoming that New Orleans has achieved, but the fact that a championship brings pride to the victorious city that the team gladly labels as their home.    It puts them on the map, even for 15 minutes as the home of the champions.

Congrats Green Bay.  My condolences Pittsburgh and here’s hoping a lockout doesn’t impede the coming season.

 





Quick!

6 02 2011

The Fall WDWCP season has officially begun and live presentations have started. If you want to attend a live presentation in your area or see if your school has one, go to http://www.disneycollegeprogram.com to get started.





Phone Interview take 2

30 01 2011

Last time I talked about what to prepare yourself with before you took the phone interview, now it’s time for me to discuss what actually goes on during and after your phone interview. Special thanks to Robby for filling me in on the interview process for previous cp’s. Read his blog here.

After you have awoken at least an hour before hand and youtubed ways to remain calm during an interview, it will be time for the task at hand.  Generally you will receive a phone call within 5 to 10 minutes depending on if any earlier interviews happen to extend a bit longer than normal.  Your interviewer will warmly welcome you to the program and will go over some cursory questions: name, email, etc.

Once that is out of the way you will get THE questions.  Why Disney.  Why the program.  These two questions are the ones that I can not tell you how to answer because quite simply you are the only one that can answer this.  The answers are different to everybody and are probably the section of the interview that you show your true self to the interviewer.

After your answer and you hear silence, ITS OK!  The interviewer is typing notes as you talk so if there is a lot of silence that does not mean that the recruiter is staring at the phone frowning or that you didn’t answer your question correctly.

Sometime during this interview, mine was at the end, I was asked if I had a favorite park, attraction or character.  I’ve heard that if you are applying for attractions this would be where you try and throw your hat into the mix to try and request a specific ride/show but just remember that it’s based on availability and when you apply and you won’t be guaranteed that specific role.

During your interview you will be asked about your current job experience [and if you have done the program before, to go over your roles and responsibilities that you carried out at your location].

Eventually, you will make your way into the roles section of the interview.  Here is where the interview itself can be short or long depending on the number of roles you applied for. This is also where you will be asked if you want to add any additional roles (which is entirely your choice and you do not have to feel as though you need to add more if you don’t want to) When I first applied my interview was about 20-25 minutes and I had applied for Attractions, Full Food Service and Beverage, Merchandise and Character Attendant.  Your interview will ask you to pick your top three (this does not mean that you won’t be asked questions about the others).  After that you will be asked questions about the roles:

Examples (this does not mean you will be asked EXACTLY what i put down)

  • What would you think would be affiliated with being in X role?
  • (Attractions) If you had a child that you weren’t sure if they measured up to ride X ride what would you do?
  • Some form of conflict resolution.  I was asked if there was a problem with my roommates how I would handle it.
  • (bibbidy bobbity) Do you have any hair and make up experience?
  • Are you more independent or a team player?
  • If you were currently engrossed in a task and were requested to do something else how would you react.
  • If you are given an overload of tasks how do you handle them to get them all completed.
  • Are you a fast, steady or slow worker?
  • etc.

If former cp:

  • Give an example of a time you helped create a magical moment.
  • How would or did you react during an emergency and the procedures that took place.
  • Any challenges with the living component i.e. roommate issues, housing difficulties, buses
  • [refer back to your roles to answer the questions, this will show how you handled the situations in real Disney expectations]
  • etc.

After this there will be the wrap up questions and you will be informed that it will take between 3-4 weeks to receive either an email or mail notification from the college program of your acceptance or rejection.  Granted I heard back a week after I applied and I know people who didn’t hear for 4-6 weeks while yesterday we found out that the Fall program has   started to accept people.  I would say that depending on if you applied for the popular roles (Attractions or Character Attendant) you will probably have to wait a little bit to hear back or you may be one of the lucky ones who hear right out of the gate.

HOWEVER now that you have the interview done and out of the way you start phase 2 of the waiting game in which you will begin to religiously check your email every ten minutes or so.  It’s like watching a toaster.  You are hungry for toast and you know the minute you look away it will go off.

After you receive your notification you will be informed of what role you have been accepted for, pay rate and then informed of the steps to take to accept your acceptance.  There will be some people who receive rejections and some who get put on hold.  Both of these outcomes are a new level of anxiety.  Hold acceptance means you will have to wait longer to know if you got in because it will require others who were accepted to decline to let you in.

After you receive your acceptance phase 3 of the waiting game commences because you now have to wait till your arrival date to know exactly where it is that you will be working and able to take part in the magic of the college program.

 

Hope that this helps those who are new to the interview process and I wish you all the best of luck!

Thanks again to Robby for providing me with the interview process for reapplying cp’s.





The Phone Interview

26 01 2011

QUITE a few of the people who I am friends with on Facebook / Twitter / Vloggers / etc have applied to do the Fall/Fall Adv or Summer Alumni program down in WDW.  A group of hopefuls and a subscriber wanted to know any secrets or how to best prepare for the phone interview.  I digress for a moment to go over the entire application process.

If you decide you want to apply for the WDWCP you will first be asked a number of general questions: Name, Age, are you in college currently.  You then move on to your Roles Checklist, where you select which of the available roles you are interested in applying for.  This varies by Alumni Program and Fall so I won’t go into the exact details about the roles.  Once through that section you get the web interview and this is where the application process apparently deviates.  IF you are a new applicant [bear with me i did this over a year ago and it may have changed] you will have an interview made up of short answer questions as well as a rate 1-10 or 1-5 about yourself and what you expect from the program.

 

Once the web-based interview is done, you will be asked for the presentation code you will receive at the live presentation (don’t worry if you can’t make the live pres, at the end of the e-pres online you will also be given a code that will work) and if all signs point to yes, you will be able to schedule your phone interview.

[Note:  If you have allready completed a CP or are a campus rep/seasonal during the general int you will be asked this and you will skip the web int]

Now…the phone interview.  You’ll be given a number to call to set up your phone interview.  Word of advice, remember that if you aren’t on the East Coast that the office closes early so tailor your call to that or call the next day.   After you set up the phone interview you will then begin to stare at a clock and be antsy till the moment your int is done.  Most interviews are not taken the day of the initial call unless you are the first person to apply so know that there could be a couple of days before you have the interview.

Here’s a list of what to do before the int:

  • If it’s an early morning interview [remember the time difference] I suggest being awake at least an hour before hand, that way you don’t sound like you just rolled out of bed.
  • Before your phone interview, review your roles checklist, you will be asked during the interview to pick the 3 that are your favorite and whether you would like to expand your role checklist.  During my SA 10 interview, I had put down attractions, merch, and full food service and beverage.  During my int they asked if I was interested in adding quick food or custodial to which I politely declined.
  • Prepare questions!  At the end of your interview you will be asked if you have any questions and this is the time to ask them.
  • Remember to be yourself.  You are the only person that knows you and just like in a regular interview you are trying to get the interviewee to understand that you are the best fit for the job and why.
  • Breathe.  They know that you may be nervous because they interview quite a few new recruits just as or more nervous than you may be.  It’s Disney after all, so have fun.   Before my interview I got incredibly nervous so I took a moment to my self, sat at my desk, brought up YOUTUBE, grabbed two pencils and watched “Won’t Get Fooled Again” rock band videos and rocked out to relax.

Now that’s it for right now because i’ve got to go to class, so look for my post about the phone interview itself later.