Disney is a company that is built on relationships. I have been informed by multiple people that a key to grow your career in Disney is to network. Disney has an informal policy on meeting other cast members around the company for current cast members. If you are a cast member you can schedule a Meet and Greet through cast members or their admins. While it is allowed to randomly schedule meetings, it is more appropriate to get someone to introduce you and be your champion. With a champion it is having someone recommend you and helps the people you want to meet realize that you are someone worth meeting.
Through my management chain, I have been able to meet with the proprietor of my location. She was very excited about my skills and interests. During that meeting, we talked about approaching meet and greets like an interview. Dress professional, bring your resume, and be prepared to answer with your 2 minute elevator speech, “Tell me about yourself.” It is also recommended to be prepared with questions. Great questions to ask can reveal critical competencies of potential team members and the priorities of the team. Don’t attempt to solve a problem during the meet and greet, but if faced with the question discuss the process of resolving the problem. Due to the great conversation we had, she helped steer me in the direction of the engineering leaders. She sent off emails of introduction to a couple people and I followed up with requests to meet. These meetings have helped to consider focusing on the organizations that oversee engineering design as well as facility asset management.
I have had several meet and greets and look forward to continuing to network around the company. Hopefully it won’t be long before I get to move forward with my dream career!