Whether you're waiting to apply, waiting for an answer, waiting for your program to start, or just arrived for your program, there's a lot of in between time. What should you be doing while you're waiting? When does everything happen? Where can you find related posts? These questions and more will be answered in this post.
Disclaimer: This post is based on the spring program, since I'm about to apply for my first fall program, but I'll try to give you approximate dates for fall based on the spring programs I've done.
The Application Process
Prepare to Apply: You can prepare to apply anytime, good way to do that is to research the roles, and subscribe to my email list so you can get my free download which has a worksheet to help you rank the role options.
Applications Open: Spring 2017 applications opened in Auguest and closed in October, approximately a month before the deadline to hear back. Fall 2017 applications are expected to open in January 2017 based on past years.
Phone Interview: Phone interviews occur starting one week after the applications open and ending one week before the deadline to hear back.
Acceptance: For spring applications, the first acceptances occured approximately one month after applications openned, and continued until the deadline, with the exception of a few people who were put on waitlists when the deadline passed.
Before The Program
Talk to Your School: You should talk to your school sometime between being accepted and the end of the semester.
Compare Housing: You should begin to consider which housing you're interested in once you've been accepted that way you know which to put as your priority when you register for housing.
Find Roommates: Wait until you're accepted to begin looking for roommates, if you find them before you might end up not having the same dates or not all being accepted. You can continue looking for roommates until housing registration.
Register for Classes: Class registration openned around the deadline for acceptance decisions. There will be multiple rounds of registration for various terms (Fall, Spring, and Summer; as well as two seminar sessions), and the one listed on the infograph is only one.
Find Transportation and Accommodation for Check-In: If you're flying, you should book your flight 6-8 weeks before check in for the best price, and don't forget to book a hotel for the night before if you need to!
New Hire Paperwork: You will be emailed a packet of paperwork to fill out approximately 3-5 weeks before your program starts.
Housing Registration: Housing registration will open for you approximately 3-4 weeks before your check in date.
Receive Schedule: You will be emailed a schedule of your first week about a week before check-in, it will have all your appointments until Traditions as well as your housing complex.
While I only listed check-in on the infographic, there are 4 (maybe 5) appointments you'll have during your first week.
Check-In: This is on your arrival date, between 8am and noon. You will receive your housing ID, program guide, and keys to your apartment.
Casting: This will be on your arrival day or the day after, you will be finger printed and fill out/double check paperwork, as well as submit your I-9 documents.
Housing Meeting: This is in the middle of the week, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. You'll hear about housing rules, bus tips, and learn about networking opportunities and housing events.
Traditions: Traditions is usually on Friday or Saturday, it's your first paid day, a general company orientation, also you'll receive your nametag and company ID so you can finally get into the parks!
Drug Testing: Safety critical roles, such as lifeguard and attractions, have automatic drug testing, this usually occurs the same days as casting.
Housekeeping Town Hall: If you're a housekeeper or resort custodian you'll have a special session, where you'll get to network with some housekeeping leaders and receive some useful advice about surviving these roles that are lead to the most cases of CPs self-terming.
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