CP semester after graduation

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  1. cantwaittobeking

    cantwaittobeking Earning My Ears

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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.
     
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  3. hsteacher

    hsteacher Mom of a Disney Princess and Prince

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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.
     
  4. ArielinWonderland

    ArielinWonderland Mouseketeer

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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.
     
  5. Wishes Count

    Wishes Count DIS Veteran

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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.
     
  6. HyperionDreamer

    HyperionDreamer Mouseketeer

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    That's what I'm doing. Got in just fine. :)
     
  7. mrsxsparrow

    mrsxsparrow DIS Veteran

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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.
     
  8. surferdude

    surferdude Mouseketeer

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    I graduate in May and was extended a CP role within 2 weeks of my phone interview.
     
  9. PirateSnowmen

    PirateSnowmen Bazinga!

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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.
     
  10. caralyn290

    caralyn290 Fall 2013 CP for Concierge!

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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.
     
  11. MinnieJay

    MinnieJay Mouseketeer

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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.
     
  12. surferdude

    surferdude Mouseketeer

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    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!
     
  13. flea1267

    flea1267 DIS Veteran

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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.
     
  14. Wishes Count

    Wishes Count DIS Veteran

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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!
     
  15. flea1267

    flea1267 DIS Veteran

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    I hope you get EPCOT then :goodvibes 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!
     
  16. Cais

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    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 :).
     
  17. kellydizfan

    kellydizfan DIS Veteran

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    There is a girl from our hometown that was just accepted and she just applied the first time and made it in. She has already graduated.
     
  18. ArielinWonderland

    ArielinWonderland Mouseketeer

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    I think it's actually to your advantage to do the program after graduation.

    My first program was last spring, during my junior year. I really wanted to stay. I even looked into applying to transfer to SoCal schools so I could do my senior year while working at Disneyland. But it was really hard -- by the time I realized I for sure wanted to stay, applications were long overdue, and schools weren't accepting spring transfers, so I would have had to wait over a year to go back to school. So I ended up coming home

    I graduate in a few weeks, and this fall, I'm doing the program again. I have no definite plans for the semester after my CP, so I am free to apply for an extension for for a PI!
     
  19. touchthesky

    touchthesky Mouseketeer

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    I'm graduating this month :cool1: and I got accepted for a Fall CP. I was pending for what felt like forever (about 2 months) but it's looking like that had to do more with my interview than my class standing, judging by everyone else's responses.

    And I would definitely apply for both the CP and the PIs, especially if you've never done a CP before. I applied for 3 PIs, all of which were in my major, and got denied from all three without even getting a screening interview. Granted, I had never done a CP or had any experience in my field, but I'm a 4.0 graduating senior and I had a good portfolio set up. But, they definitely value experience and they're extremely competitive. So unless you have a lot of experience in your field, definitely apply for both.
     
  20. hythelia

    hythelia Earning My Ears

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    I graduate next May and I'm planning to do the Fall 2014 CP if I'm not able to secure an internship. Then afterwards I'd really like to apply for a Disney PI! I applied for three of them this past application period and made it to the final stages for two, but my scholarship won't allow me to take a semester off, even if it's for an internship with credit. :rolleyes2: I got accepted to the CP my freshman year but wasn't able to do it for the same reason. Ugh! But that won't be an issue once I graduate, thank goodness.

    So that's the plan for now! Working for Disney is my dream, especially the DFTW program, so really, I'd rather do the CP and a PI than try to get an internship with another company.

    Good luck to everyone applying!
     

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