Why did I choose placement at Disney?

The Walt Disney
Company IT Internship
The Walt Disney
Company IT Internship
Kristina Karadzhova – IT Intern
LOCATION: Hammersmith
DEPARTMENT: Disney Consumer Products
CONTRACT : 12 Months Paid Placement
Why is a Placement Important?
• Boost your employability
• Placement students often receive a job offer
after graduation
• Find out what you want to do when you
• Improve your final degree classification
• Earn money
My Placement Role
• Providing support with SAP (invoices, purchase orders
• Dealing with vendors queries
• Managing the inventory to ensure visibility at all times
• Troubleshooting incidents and escalating them to
Support Analysts when necessary
• Adhering to and writing new processes
• Liaising with other Disney support teams - logging
requests and forwarding information
• Assisting with application testing
What Skills Disney is Looking
for in a Placement Student
Disney Core Competencies:
Thinks Strategically
Builds Relationships
Communicates Effectively
Driven Results
Inspires Creativity and Innovation
Exhibits Professional Excellence
What Kind of Skills have I
Problem solving
Time management
Working under pressure
Ability to interact and work with colleagues
and customers worldwide
• Ability to work using my own initiative
• Knowledge about Disney
Why did I Choose a Placement
at Disney?
• Add one of the biggest brands to my CV
• The opportunity to work with different
• Disney Store Discount
• Networking opportunities
• Being a member of professional IT team
Project Plan your Applications
• Break down the process
• Start early in your second year
• Set specific and achievable actions, for example,
visit Placement/Careers office, and identify
employers and roles that interest you, employer
• Record key info and dates like: application
• Meet recruiters on campus
• Plan & prepare applications (make a note of the
date you send out applications and to whom!)
Application Process
Job Offer
CV and Application Form
Employability Skills
• Communication- orally, in writing or via electronic means and in a
manner appropriate to the audience
• Teamwork- being a constructive team member, contributing
practically to the success of the team
• Leadership & Drive- being able to motivate and encourage others,
whilst taking the lead
• Initiative - ability to see opportunities and to set and achieve goals
• Problem solving / Analytical- thinking things through in a logical
way in order to determine key issues, often also including creative
• Flexibility/adaptability- ability to handle change and adapt to new
• Commitment/motivation- having the energy and enthusiasm to
pursue and complete projects
Interview Tips
• Make a good first impression – be polite and courteous, look
the interviewer in the eye and listen to what they are saying
• Prepare for the questions that are likely to be asked by
running through the job description and person specification
and practise giving evidence of your abilities
• For competency-based interviews- prepare a range of
examples, covering everything from your academic
achievements and hobbies to any work or voluntary
experience you have
• Ask the interviewer a few questions – this will show you are
interested in the company
• Practice- by Attending mock interviews organised by your
careers service or by employers on campus