Hi everyone! It never fails that I seem to gravitate back to this blog at least once a year or so, huh? Can you believe it’s been almost THREE years since I started my last CP? I know I sure can’t!!
Here’s a quick little update on my life before I jump into the REAL reason why I’m crawling back to this blog:
As most people in their early 20’s are, I’ve been busy busy trying to figure out my life! This past December, I graduated from college with my degree in Communication Studies so the future has been extra heavy on my mind. I felt like I’d been in college forever….and, well, that’s because I kinda was. After transferring schools, changing my major, taking a semester off to do a Disney College Program (then taking ANOTHER semester off to do ANOTHER Disney College Program a year later), then changing my major AGAIN, I’d say 5.5 years is a pretty impressive amount of time to lock down a degree, right?! Despite how long it took me to finish, and the multiple bumps I hit along the way, I have no regrets. I am so happy with my degree, I’ve figured out what I’m passionate about, and I’m ready to start my professional career!
Which leads me to the reason why I’m writing this post….
After months of waiting and interviews, I have officially received and accepted an offer for a Disney Professional Internship in Orlando! AHHHH!!!!!!
Now, I know it’s hard to believe, but last fall was the first time I even THOUGHT about applying for a PI. I guess the main reason for this is because I felt really overwhelmed by all the options and the whole process, not to mention I didn’t have much experience to make me stand out, so I figured: why even bother? But at the end of last summer, I had a pretty firm idea of what I wanted to do with my life, plus I had some professional internship experience to tack onto my resume in that field, so I decided I’d give it a go.
I perfected my resume and spent an entire afternoon submitting applications to different roles.
Aaaand…. I was immediately NLIC’d for all of them.
I got an email telling me that I was not qualified for internships because I was considered “Restricted Rehire” AKA: I could never work for the company again. I was DEVASTATED and had no idea why. So I did a little investigating: I emailed Disney Internships and was told that the reason I got listed as “Restricted Rehire” was because I didn’t return a costume piece. After being told this, I knew exactly what had happened: I had lost a BOW TIE from my Photopass costume and it was listened in the system as having never been returned. I must not have cleared up the issue with costuming before I left my last CP. So I ended up reaching out to Costuming and explained my situation and they were able to help out. After reconnecting with the Disney Internships Recruiters, they kindly reopened my apps. Unfortunately, after all of that, I didn’t receive any interviews for any role anyway. While I was bummed, I was happy to know that I could still return to the company someday.
The semester whizzed by and I graduated in December without a job offer. Thankfully, I was able to stay at my current internship full-time for the winter, so I did that, moved home, started saving up my money, and continued to try to figure out what was next for me. Soon, I got the email that Professional Internship apps were open again. Fun fact: did you know that you can still apply to PIs and the DCP within 6 months of graduating? Yep, you can!! So, not thinking much would come from it, I gave it a shot.
I tweaked my resume, rewrote my cover letter about 10 times, sent in my applications, and held my breath. I got NLIC’d for quite a few right away and stayed in submission a while for others. The remaining ones sat “In Progress” for almost two months. When the end of February rolled around and I was only still “In Progress” for two positions of the 25 I applied for, I gave up hope and moved on. I figured it just wasn’t meant to be. But almost as soon as I had decided to move on…I got an email asking me to set up a phone interview for one of my ****DREAM**** positions as a Social Media Intern!! And this ended up being the one I got!
I move down in early June and I couldn’t be more excited. I’ve missed Disney desperately (what else is new, amiright?!) and have been itching to go back and be a part of the magic again. This new role allows me to not only gain experience in my dream career field, but I also get to play a big role in guest experience services so I’m really looking forward to all of the great learning experiences I’m going to have. I can’t wait to share it with you! I don’t know if I’ll have much time to blog, but I promise I’ll be posting a lot on Instagram (@rachelalbon) so please feel free to follow me there, as well!