Alexandra Resney asked Kim Wheeler, The Walt Disney Company

AddedMonday, September 10, 2018 at 1:02 PM

Application Advice

Hi Kim,

I absolutely love the idea of engineering rides, especially the mix of computer and hands-on work! I am currently an undergrad studying Mechanical Engineering and looking at Grad Schools for Civil.

Disney is obviously the dream - I have some questions about how you got there and how you would recommend others do so:

  1. Where did you initially apply? (The Disney Careers Website?)
  2. I know you said you were familiar with the software that Disney uses, is there anything else that helped set you apart as a candidate or skills that you would look for when hiring?
  3. I've heard that Disney has started paying for employees' higher degrees if it pertains to their job. Does that apply to engineering? Would they help pay for grad school in the area? How are you liking UF's program?

I appreciate you taking the time to read and answer my questions - I'm so excited to hear back!

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  • Kim Wheeler , The Walt Disney Company
    Answered Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 4:11 PM
    Hi Alexandra,
    1. Yes I applied to Disney directly on the website. I started as an intern so I applied through the Disney careers website:
    2. I had completed two previous internships with medical device companies where I got experience in design, drafting, finite element analysis and other professional skills that I think helped set me apart. I was able to learn SolidWorks and other tools that weren't typically taught in the classroom at the time. Nowadays the big one to know is ANSYS. Also, I sent a "thank you" email to the person who interviewed me, and he told me that I was the only person out of 10 who he interviewed to do that. He appreciated my courteousness and that is partly why he selected me. And the rest as they say, is history! :)
    3. Yes it is true! Disney is great in that regard. I got the majority of my master's degree paid for, which was wonderful. As long as you can prove that it relates to your current job (which is usually pretty easy), they will cover part of the tuition ($700 per credit) and supplies/book costs.  I very much enjoyed the UF program, I just graduated in May. It is a combination of Industrial Engineering and Business, which caters to my interests very well. It has helped me advance my career and think about the bigger picture things at the Disney Parks and Resorts.