August 29, 2008

Business students to benefit from Disney program

by Sun Min

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The Walt Disney Co.'s “Big Mouse on Campus” program is coming to Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s College of Business Oct. 13-15.

The college is one of only two schools chosen for the program that will provide students the opportunity to jump-start a career with Disney. Louisiana State University is the other school.

"This is an extraordinary opportunity for the College of Business," said Donna Margolis, director of the Career Services and Placement Center. “Our students will get access to leading recruiters who will provide invaluable advice.”

During the three-day event, recruiters will come to campus and hold workshops on career building. Classes will include "Resume Workshop," “Interviewing,” “Leadership -- Why Employers Care” and “Networking,” to name a few.

"We chose SIU College of Business because we have been impressed by its students and graduates," said Anne Thiese, a Disney College recruiter. "Many SIU College of Business alumni are enjoying successful careers at Disney and the Big Mouse on Campus program will help us find even more potential candidates.”

Students who participate in the Disney CareerStart Program at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif., or Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla., are opened to a world of opportunity.

While working in front line roles at Disney Theme Parks and Resorts, participants will gain real-world experience, network with Disney leaders and become a part of a team of cast members from hundreds of job disciplines.

Participants also custom design a learning curriculum that best suits their needs and interests, complete education courses and specialized learning activities, and could possibly earn college credit while doing so. The CareerStart program offers the opportunity for participants to establish themselves onto a future path in their careers.