DISNEY COLLEGE PROGRAM: Custodial

RoseKnight

Earning My Ears
Joined
Mar 12, 2019
Hello!
So i am currently a Junior and i just got accepted to the DCP and i was aiming for other positions but got accepted into a low interest position that i marked. I got into the Custodial dcp at the resorts. I am a fashion major and i wanted to get other positions in relation to merchandising. I am also in the interview stage for a professional internship.
My question is
1. Am i able to accept the dcp but then decline if i get the professional internship?
2. can i decline the custodial position but get in the running for other positions?
3. how important is it to have dcp on your resume even if it is custodial?
4. should i do the custodial dcp despite it not having any relation to my major and i already having experience as custodial at a big global brand ( hilton hotels)

Thank you!!
 

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1. Yes, getting a PI after accepting your DCP is considered taking a promotion.
2. Can't help you with this one, sorry. You can still be considered for other positions you've already applied for, but I'm not sure if you can open a new application after declining a role before your 6-month WBI results window expires.
3. YMMV. Personally, having the DCP on my resume has been an amazing asset for me in applying for other jobs and internships since then.
4. The answer to this question is heavily based in opinion. Personally, I think that while the DCP has a lot of great professional benefits-- improved work ethic, having "Disney" on your resume is always a plus-- it's mostly something I did for the experience of living in Orlando, being a Cast Member, and spending a semester at Walt Disney World. I was an Attractions host, which had very little to do with my major. I don't regret doing it.
 

RoseKnight

Earning My Ears
Joined
Mar 12, 2019
1. Yes, getting a PI after accepting your DCP is considered taking a promotion.
2. Can't help you with this one, sorry. You can still be considered for other positions you've already applied for, but I'm not sure if you can open a new application after declining a role before your 6-month WBI results window expires.
3. YMMV. Personally, having the DCP on my resume has been an amazing asset for me in applying for other jobs and internships since then.
4. The answer to this question is heavily based in opinion. Personally, I think that while the DCP has a lot of great professional benefits-- improved work ethic, having "Disney" on your resume is always a plus-- it's mostly something I did for the experience of living in Orlando, being a Cast Member, and spending a semester at Walt Disney World. I was an Attractions host, which had very little to do with my major. I don't regret doing it.
Thank you so much!!
 
  • Monykalyn

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Jun 11, 2014
    My oldest first DCP was custodial at a resort-and she ended up LOVING it. Regular hours-not crazy or too much or too little-was able to get close to her coworkers and leaders (and is still friends with her leaders from that program due to small crew). Her 2nd DCP was summer at Studios at attractions-which she also really enjoyed-was there last summer when TSL opened. But her hours were more erratic, and she didn't get to know her leaders or managers as well, due to larger crew, but loved the experience of a park.
    Her major is geology, applied for a 3rd program this summer, but will probably end up declining if accepted as she got an internship in her field-even though she doesn't have tons of experience that most of these programs require. I don't know, but do suspect that having Disney on her applications and showing she can be independent and work away from home helped her get this.

    Good luck in whatever you choose to do!
     

    RoseKnight

    Earning My Ears
    Joined
    Mar 12, 2019
    My oldest first DCP was custodial at a resort-and she ended up LOVING it. Regular hours-not crazy or too much or too little-was able to get close to her coworkers and leaders (and is still friends with her leaders from that program due to small crew). Her 2nd DCP was summer at Studios at attractions-which she also really enjoyed-was there last summer when TSL opened. But her hours were more erratic, and she didn't get to know her leaders or managers as well, due to larger crew, but loved the experience of a park.
    Her major is geology, applied for a 3rd program this summer, but will probably end up declining if accepted as she got an internship in her field-even though she doesn't have tons of experience that most of these programs require. I don't know, but do suspect that having Disney on her applications and showing she can be independent and work away from home helped her get this.

    Good luck in whatever you choose to do!
    Thank you so much!!
     

    PlutosRHM55

    Pluto's Prince (Haters back off!)
    Joined
    Sep 14, 2010
    1. Yes, you are able to do this. I'm currently in consideration for one PI and during my phone screen I asked about this and the interviewer recommended I apply for the DCP because it offers similar opportunities but also that if I get a PI, funds can be transferred towards the fees for that PI so it is possible to go with the PI after the fact.

    2. You cannot. The offer is role withstanding, you cannot ask for another. The only way you can be transferred into another role is if you have a medical condition that prevents you from doing the role properly (allergic to a chemical, heavy lifting, etc.), which usually is discovered during training, OR this is specifically for lifeguards since it is the most safety critical role, it is felt you are not fully capable to carry out the role to Disney standards. Both of which happen once you get down there so for the time being, you are stuck with the role given in the offer letter.

    3. It really depends. Disney does definitely make a resumé pop since they are such a well-known and successful company, but beyond that it all depends. I haven't really had too too much luck, but I know explaining what I did, you get a very unique guest service experience that is really attractive to employers I've found.

    4. I did Custodial for my first program at WDW then again when I did the summer alumni program at DLR. I recently finished my degree in Management & Business. Custodial has nothing to do with any of that, but all my business professors as well as various guest alumni coming into my classes have found it fascinating and particularly noteworthy my experience with the company as well as my knowledge of the company that I've gained through it. My plan for doing the program was always so I could find a way back to the company so it didn't matter what role, just that I've had an in and have had experience with what Disney looks for in their cast members. Originally, I was hired as a lifeguard, but I didn't feel comfortable with what was required of me in that role so I was transferred to Custodial and I loved it to the point I've done it twice now. It is a really fun role and I guarantee quite different than your experience working in Custodial at a Hilton. It is a role where you encouraged to engage in guest interaction, guest recovery as well as uniquely Disney experiences such as being trained in water art. It is so much more than just having experience in cleaning and if you slice and dice it the right way, with the Disney logo attached to it, it will be a really fruitful experience.

    I cannot recommend the DCP enough. It is an experience that anyone who wants to work for the company or is a Disney fan should have. Unless you have better offers of employment that are making it difficult for you to accept the offer, I say go for it. There are plenty of opportunities for you to network and get in touch with people who could really help your future career in the long run. You just have to put in the extra effort and think of the experience in the right manner.
     

    RoseKnight

    Earning My Ears
    Joined
    Mar 12, 2019
    1. Yes, you are able to do this. I'm currently in consideration for one PI and during my phone screen I asked about this and the interviewer recommended I apply for the DCP because it offers similar opportunities but also that if I get a PI, funds can be transferred towards the fees for that PI so it is possible to go with the PI after the fact.

    2. You cannot. The offer is role withstanding, you cannot ask for another. The only way you can be transferred into another role is if you have a medical condition that prevents you from doing the role properly (allergic to a chemical, heavy lifting, etc.), which usually is discovered during training, OR this is specifically for lifeguards since it is the most safety critical role, it is felt you are not fully capable to carry out the role to Disney standards. Both of which happen once you get down there so for the time being, you are stuck with the role given in the offer letter.

    3. It really depends. Disney does definitely make a resumé pop since they are such a well-known and successful company, but beyond that it all depends. I haven't really had too too much luck, but I know explaining what I did, you get a very unique guest service experience that is really attractive to employers I've found.

    4. I did Custodial for my first program at WDW then again when I did the summer alumni program at DLR. I recently finished my degree in Management & Business. Custodial has nothing to do with any of that, but all my business professors as well as various guest alumni coming into my classes have found it fascinating and particularly noteworthy my experience with the company as well as my knowledge of the company that I've gained through it. My plan for doing the program was always so I could find a way back to the company so it didn't matter what role, just that I've had an in and have had experience with what Disney looks for in their cast members. Originally, I was hired as a lifeguard, but I didn't feel comfortable with what was required of me in that role so I was transferred to Custodial and I loved it to the point I've done it twice now. It is a really fun role and I guarantee quite different than your experience working in Custodial at a Hilton. It is a role where you encouraged to engage in guest interaction, guest recovery as well as uniquely Disney experiences such as being trained in water art. It is so much more than just having experience in cleaning and if you slice and dice it the right way, with the Disney logo attached to it, it will be a really fruitful experience.

    I cannot recommend the DCP enough. It is an experience that anyone who wants to work for the company or is a Disney fan should have. Unless you have better offers of employment that are making it difficult for you to accept the offer, I say go for it. There are plenty of opportunities for you to network and get in touch with people who could really help your future career in the long run. You just have to put in the extra effort and think of the experience in the right manner.
    Thank you so much!!
     

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