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Old 04-21-2013, 03:07 PM   #1
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CP semester after graduation

Has anyone done or know anything about doing the college program on the semester after graduation? I know it is allowed, but will Disney be less likely to accept you if you apply during your last semester? I know one downside to this would be that I would only get one chance to apply.
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Old 04-21-2013, 03:16 PM   #2
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My son graduated this past December and is now a CP for Spring Advantage. Due to his college schedule, he couldn't take a semester off without difficulty. He had no problem being offered his CP (received an acceptance email within 7 days of his phone interview) and it now gives him the freedom to apply for PI's, extend if he wants or seek full-time/seasonal employment. He has actually found it to give him some advantages the others that need to return to college don't have. Either way - he's had an amazing experience and he's so glad he did it.
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Old 04-21-2013, 03:33 PM   #3
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I am graduating in May, and will be starting my program this fall!

I would like to have done a PI this fall, but I have a different job during the summer, and won't be availible till August (and the PIs start May/June). So this way, I am doing the college program again, and since you have to be either in college or in the CP when you apply for a PI (or another CP), I will have one more chance!

This will be my second program. I took a semester off from school to do the first one, and since I came into school with AP credits, I am still graduating on time.
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Old 04-21-2013, 03:35 PM   #4
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Has anyone done or know anything about doing the college program on the semester after graduation? I know it is allowed, but will Disney be less likely to accept you if you apply during your last semester? I know one downside to this would be that I would only get one chance to apply.
I applied for after graduation and was accepted. I don't think it makes a difference what year or semester you are in. Now for the Professional Internships it does.

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My son graduated this past December and is now a CP for Spring Advantage. Due to his college schedule, he couldn't take a semester off without difficulty. He had no problem being offered his CP (received an acceptance email within 7 days of his phone interview) and it now gives him the freedom to apply for PI's, extend if he wants or seek full-time/seasonal employment. He has actually found it to give him some advantages the others that need to return to college don't have. Either way - he's had an amazing experience and he's so glad he did it.
This is good advice and was also told to me by a manager. I did my first program in 2010 as a sophomore. I wanted to apply for a PI in Guest Relations. The manager said to wait until I will have graduated that way if I wanted to stay with the company I could, instead of having to go back to school.

Since this was my last semester I applied for both CP and Professional Internships. I was accepted to the CP and chose to accept the offer in case I was not offered a PI. Being on a CP will give you another chance to apply for the next season even though you are not enrolled in school. I was offered a PI in Guest Relations and switched to that and got my CP fees refunded.
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Old 04-21-2013, 04:28 PM   #5
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That's what I'm doing. Got in just fine.
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Old 04-21-2013, 06:48 PM   #6
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I graduated in May and did my CP last fall. Since I didn't have to go back to school after I got to stay and am currently a guest relations PI.

It's worked out well for me so far.
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Old 04-21-2013, 07:27 PM   #7
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I graduate in May and was extended a CP role within 2 weeks of my phone interview.
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Old 04-21-2013, 10:15 PM   #8
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I, too, am graduating this May (well, technically August since I have to take summer classes) and was accepted for Fall just fine.

FWIW, while I believe you do have to indicate your graduation semester/year on your application, they don't even ask about it in the interview (well, they didn't ask me at least). I can't imagine why they'd be less likely to accept people who are doing the CP after graduating. If anything I think it would be more desirable because in most cases, the fact that you're older & have graduated college shows maturity.
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I'm graduating at the end of the summer semester (August 3rd) and will be starting my 3rd CP August 12th. As long as you applied while you're still a student, you're fine.

In my opinion, being a little bit older and more experienced was actually a plus.
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Yay! Y'all are giving me hope.

I'm graduating next May and was hoping to do a PI but was going to apply for another CP just as a back up. It's just really nerve wrecking because it will be only and last chance to get in.

I wasn't sure how they felt about people who had recently graduated.
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Yay! Y'all are giving me hope.

I'm graduating next May and was hoping to do a PI but was going to apply for another CP just as a back up. It's just really nerve wrecking because it will be only and last chance to get in.

I wasn't sure how they felt about people who had recently graduated.
Definitely apply for both, but since you do have previous experience Id assume you will at least get into the CP whether your graduating or not (if it did matter...but I dont think it does). Best of luck with your schooling!
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Old 04-23-2013, 11:00 AM   #12
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I applied for after graduation and was accepted. I don't think it makes a difference what year or semester you are in. Now for the Professional Internships it does.



This is good advice and was also told to me by a manager. I did my first program in 2010 as a sophomore. I wanted to apply for a PI in Guest Relations. The manager said to wait until I will have graduated that way if I wanted to stay with the company I could, instead of having to go back to school.

Since this was my last semester I applied for both CP and Professional Internships. I was accepted to the CP and chose to accept the offer in case I was not offered a PI. Being on a CP will give you another chance to apply for the next season even though you are not enrolled in school. I was offered a PI in Guest Relations and switched to that and got my CP fees refunded.
Congratulations on your PI!!! Do you know which Guest Relations you will be working? My DD has a dear friend who works at GR at EPCOT.
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Old 04-23-2013, 01:11 PM   #13
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Congratulations on your PI!!! Do you know which Guest Relations you will be working? My DD has a dear friend who works at GR at EPCOT.
I don't know yet. Hopefully they will tell us soon! I am actually hoping for EPCOT as that is my favorite park!
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Old 04-23-2013, 02:16 PM   #14
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I don't know yet. Hopefully they will tell us soon! I am actually hoping for EPCOT as that is my favorite park!
I hope you get EPCOT then Lots of Pixie Dust coming your way! If you do get EPCOT ask for Josh from San Luis Opiso (sp?), he's a wonderful person!
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Old 04-23-2013, 03:49 PM   #15
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I hope you get EPCOT then Lots of Pixie Dust coming your way! If you do get EPCOT ask for Josh from San Luis Opiso (sp?), he's a wonderful person!
Wait I'm from San Luis Obispo! Small world!

You'll typically find out your gr park when you check in. There are ways of finding out earlier of course .
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