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One week countdown

Bar unexpected delays, in exactly one week from now, I will be setting foot on American soil again for the first time since 2012 – only this time, it will be to start my dream job!

I haven’t posted on this blog for quite some time, and I deliberately didn’t.  I wanted to make sure that everything was sorted out and in place before making it public, but I am in a position now that I can safely say that my dream is coming true!  I have gone through all of the processes to secure my employment with Disney Cruise Line, and am at a point now where I simply have to get onto that plane and start my new job.

I have completed all the required documentation and signed my contract.

I finished my previous job last week, and have been spending this week to relax and start packing.

I had the final call from the recruiter this afternoon, to confirm that everything was in order, and that they are waiting to welcome me onboard.

I fly out next week Tuesday, arriving in Orlando on Wednesday, before commencing training on Thursday which will continue to Friday, before boarding the Disney Fantasy on Saturday!  It also turns out that the 11-night cruise that the Fantasy does once a year, will be my very first cruise, visiting other ports of call than the normal itinerary.

The excitement is really only now starting to build, as I have been kept rather busy the last few weeks with work and other matters that needed resolving before I go.  Now that I am starting to pack and make sure I have everything ready to go, the absolute excitement is really starting to take hold.

I don’t think I will be posting again before I am there, but I do intend to continue this blog.  As I mentioned in my previous post, the format (and perhaps even the name) might change, and I am also not sure if and when I will get an opportunity to post while I am there.  I might only post when I am on vacation, but will play it by ear.  For my friends and followers on Facebook, I will definitely be posting some pictures and updates on there more regularly.

As always, thank you to each of my followers for going through this journey with me (and it is by no means over – in fact, it only really begins now!)

 

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Just a few more steps!

A lot has happened (in the right direction) since I last wrote.

About three weeks ago, I got an email from the Disney recruiter I have been speaking to and had my interviews with, that she had some good news for me, and wanted to call me.  I obviously responded right away, and within minutes I was on the phone with her: There is a position available for me!

This meant that I had to do some running around, doing my medical examination, getting a police clearance that I don’t have a criminal record, other background checks etc.  All of this has been done, I have received my medical (fit for duty) certificate back from the doctor, and sent it off to Disney for review.

Once that has been done, I should receive my Confirmation of Employment, which will then mean I can make my appointment with the US Embassy for my Visa interview.

I have also received my joining date, and which ship I will be based on.  Given that there are no issues with my medical, and that I get my Visa, I will be joining Disney Cruise Line on 27 June 2018!!!  How exciting is that!?!  And the cherry on top: I will be working on the Disney Fantasy, the ship that I saw being launched, sailed on across the Atlantic, and saw being christened in New York.

As you can imagine, I am super excited, and cannot wait to start my new career with DCL.  As with any new job, I am a little anxious, but I am confident that it will soon pass, and that I will make a huge success of it.

I can finally say that my dream is coming true, and who better than with the company that is renowned for making magic happen, and making dreams come true: Disney!  I am ready to live my dream!  DCL, see you soon!

I have been considering how I will continue with this blog once I am there.  Although internet is available on board, it is pricey, but I am more concerned about having the time to write.  One possible solution would be to do hand written journal entries, which I can transcribe and post when I am on leave/off contract.  I will really only know once I am there, and will see how things work out, but I do intend continuing with this blog.  Perhaps I should consider changing the name of the blog as well – another bridge I will cross once I am there.

I will give an update again on how the preparation is going a little closer to departure.

Past, Future, Present

There’s something to be said about the past, the future and the present.  In all instances, something to remember, and something to let go of.  This is the realisation I came to recently…

The Past

To say that I have made my fair share of mistakes in the past might be an understatement.  Would I change anything in my past?  Wouldn’t we all, but, would I be the same person today if I could change my past?  Probably not…

And therein lies the good and the bad:  We must learn the life lessons from our past experiences, but let go of the things that hurt us, the people that did us wrong, and the wrong decisions we made.  A lot of it boils down to forgiveness – forgiveness of the self and others.

Hold on to the experiences, the things you learnt, and the memories you made.  Let go of anything that doesn’t add value to your life today.

The Future

When considering the future, it is important to have something to work towards – a goal, a dream, something that you’ve always wanted to achieve.  On the contrary, one shouldn’t be too obsessed about the future either, as it can easily become something you so badly want, that you actually lose focus of how to achieve it.  Sounds contradictory, but from recent personal experience, I can honestly say that it is true.  There’s a difference between having future goals, and being so obsessed about it that you forget living, which brings me to the present…

The Present

You see, the present is the only thing that is “real”.  The “now” is the only form of reality where our decisions and actions have an immediate impact, and can be felt, tasted, heard or seen.  We tend to either get SO stuck in the past, or dream of the future, that we forget to live in the moment, and thereby forget to truly live!  It’s a human thing, we all do it, at least from time to time.

Allow me to put it into a personal perspective:

For years I have been carrying past hurts with me, from as far back as my childhood and school days, to even more recent, in failed relationships, school teachers, friends, colleagues, bosses, people I randomly met, and even as far as decisions I made myself.  Some of these past experiences were great, and others not so.  I kept catching myself thinking about things that happened in the past, and wondering how life would be different if some of them didn’t happen, or happened differently.

I have also been obsessed about the future, especially in terms of romantic relationships, wondering if and when i will ever end up with someone special.  I have been so focused and obsessed about this, that I forgot to be myself in the here and now, which actually prevented me from meeting new people altogether.  See how this is counterproductive in actually achieving your future goals?

Does that mean I no longer dream or have goals for the future? ABSOLUTELY not!  My dream is still to work for Disney, and it will come, however, I have to prepare and live now, to make sure that when that time comes (and it can at any time now), I am as ready to make a huge success of it as I can be.  Thinking about it now, a few months back, I was not as prepared and ready for this adventure as I am now, and there are still tings I can improve on (i.e. finances, obligations in my home country, etc.).

So I am making a conscious decision to live each day in the present, in the here and now and in reality, by using the lessons I have learned from the past, and with my future goals and dreams in mind.  Actually, REALLY, LIVING for a change!

New year, refreshed focus – a quick update

Hi everyone!

I haven’t posted anything in quite some time, as there hasn’t really been much to report on.

I do want to wish all my followers a prosperous new year, and hope that you all had a blessed and safe holiday season.

I am not a person who makes new year’s resolutions, as I believe we should strive to improve, renew and build each and every day.  It being a new year, however, sort of solicits one to just take stock of where you are, and where you would like to be – to re-evaluate your current circumstances and make the necessary changes to achieve your goals.

So for now, all I can say is that I have refreshed my focus on what my goals are, and believe that this year is going to ultimately be the year in which big changes, towards achieving those goals, will take place – to finally become an employee of Disney Cruise Line, and literally live the dream I have been dreaming for so long.

I still have so many people inspiring and supporting me each and every day – there is almost not a day that someone doesn’t ask me what the progress is, whether I have any further news or encouraging me to believe that it will happen when the time is right.  To each and every one of you, thank you!  (I do not want to even start mentioning specific people, as I know I will leave out someone along the line.)

I will keep updating you as there are any new developments.

Until next time, keep smiling! 🙂

And now a giant leap!

After submitting my references, and they all responding quickly, a decision was to be made whether to place me on the “bench” for employment with Disney Cruise Line.

My dream of working for DCL is getting closer and closer to being fulfilled, and I am over the moon!

This week I was informed that I had been accepted, and placed on the bench.  That means that there is not a position immediately available for the the job I applied for, but, that I have been placed in the queue of employable candidates when a position arises.  This is a giant leap in the right direction of having my dream come true.

The process of being placed can take anything from a couple of months to over a year, so I am patiently waiting now.  As always, I will keep updating this blog when there is any further news.

In the meantime, I am starting to get things in order to be prepared to go when the time comes.  I have many things to consider, and have to make some important and difficult decisions around my finances, my home, my pets and my belongings.

My ex will also be back within the next week, which will give an opportunity to make things less complicated on that front as well, all in preparation for my getting ready to make my dream come true.

I cannot wait for the day that I set foot on one of the beautiful Disney Cruise Line ships, and start my career with such an amazing company.  If the recruitment process so far has been any indication on how DCL operates, it will be the most exciting and rewarding career move I have ever made.  I cannot wait for the day to be called a Disney Cruise Line Crew Member!

On a more personal note, I have had to make some more important decisions around friends and romance.  There is someone who has crept deep into my heart, however, the circumstances that we find the both of ourselves in simply don’t allow us to be together at this time.  Who knows what the long term future might have in store though…

Another step in the right direction and a movie review

Hi to all my followers and readers of this blog.  I haven’t posted in a while, as there hasn’t been much to report on lately, however, there has now been some recent developments and another step closer to making my dream come true – To work for Disney Cruise Line (for those if you who don’t know that yet).

After three successful telephone and/or video interviews, I was asked to provide professional references.  This was a new step in the process for me, as my ex partner didn’t have to go through this step when he applied to work for DCL two years ago.

It didn’t bother me in the least though, and I provided six professional references as soon as I was able to.  Two of the six were references from previous employment, and I doubted whether I was going to get a response from them.  My doubts were confirmed, and I had to replace them with more suitable references through the week.

If any of the people who provided me with references read this, this is a big shout-out to you, and a massive thank you, for providing your responses so quickly!

I now await an answer on whether they are satisfied with the references provided, although the recruiter did say that my reference report looked great.  That gives me some sense of confidence, however, i am careful to be over-confident as I don’t want to appear arrogant, which i definitely am not.

On another note, I visited my mom for dinner last night for the first time in quite some time, and really enjoyed spending some time with her.  Usually it’s just an eat-and-run, but I purposefully stayed a little longer last night, and we really had some quality time together.  I love you mom!

For reasons I am not able to publicly divulge, I just couldn’t stand to be home alone last night, and after I left my mom’s place, I went to go watch a movie (alone), and I actually enjoyed it tremendously – not only because it was an excellent movie, but I had some time for (and with) myself, and really used the time to switch off from everyday life and really just relax and enjoy the movie.

I watched Kingsman – The Golden Circle, in which Taron Egerton and Channing Tatum plays.  It was so good to watch an action comedy, with a big star name like Channing Tatum, and see that he didn’t play the main role.  (You can view the trailer here )

I enjoyed the movie tremendously because it had a fantastic story line, the actors/actresses were all excellent in their respective roles, and the fine humor was hilarious!

Apart from just being very nice to look at, Taron Egerton is also a fantastic actor.  His general demeanor, fine humor and radiating confidence in the finely tailored suits of Kingsman, reminds me so much of someone that has recently crept very deep into my heart.

The story is well written, albeit a little predictable, and I was really able to switch off and focus on the movie for the entire duration.

I was one of only three guys in the cinema last night, and on numerous occasions the three of us were all laughing loudly at some of the most incredibly funny scenes, which fit in well with the rest of the story.

I have watched several movies over the last couple of months, and although many of them were great, I haven’t enjoyed a movie this much in a long time.  It really was worth the time and effort to go watch, and I succeeded well in my mission to get out of the house and relax, and switch off from life for just over two hours.

 

It all went well, and I’m holding thumbs

Last week I had my third interview with Disney Cruise Line for a position I applied for.  There were certain things that counted in my favor, and others perhaps not so much, but overall I think this position suits me very well, and i will be able to make a huge success of it.  I have a good feeling about this one!

The manager with whom I had the interview was kind and very straight forward and open.  You see, that is what I have loved through each recruitment process I have gone through with DCL: You always have a good idea of where you stand, what their expectations are and what opportunities there are for you.

If the recruitment process is this well organised, I cannot wait to be a part of the company as a crew member and experience what working for Disney must truly be like.

For now I am still waiting for a decision to be made, as there is a team of people who will make the call.  I should know within a week or two whether I have made the giant leap into my dream career, working for the dream company!

Another step forward to reaching my dream

People say it’s not how fast you get there, all that matters is that you keep moving forward, one step at a time.

In making my dream to work for DCL come true, I have taken another positive step forward.  I have been through two rounds of interviews, and the next big one is this week.  If I understand the process correctly, this will be the deciding one.

I am nervous, but the good kind of nervous.  I am confident that I meet the requirements of the job, and that I am a suitable person to work in the industry.  This is make or break week!

I think the time is right now as well.  Although there is a possibility of romance in my life, which there hasn’t been before, he understands that this is my dream, and his situation doesn’t allow us to be together now either.  In terms of my finances I am at a better place now as well, and I even have the prospect of people who would like to rent or even buy my house when I go work overseas.

My ex and I have agreed that he would be moving his things out the house when he is back in November, so one less thing to worry about.

There are still a couple of loose ends I need to get tied up before being completely ready to go, but I think all of that can be done well ahead of time.  After all, I am not sure that I have the job just yet, but things are falling in to place to be ready.

Once I know the outcome after this week’s interview, I will update my blog again, so it might be a couple of days.  When successful, I would probably still have to wait several months and go through a whole other process before I can go, including a full medical, police clearance etc.

Will keep you updated!

Will this be my “Big Break”?

Over the last several months, I have been applying for jobs in the cruise industry left, right and center.  I have had several interviews, can complete an online application with my eyes closed and have several copies of my cover letter and résumé, customised for each cruise line and position that I have applied for.

None have been successful.

As I mentioned in a previous post, each and every position that I have applied for was a position where I felt I could make a success of it with my current knowledge, background and experience.  In fact, I know that I would make a success of each and every one of them, given the chance to prove myself.

The standard reply on each of them were: “We have stronger candidates who meet the requirements of the position better and you are no longer considered at this time.” – or something to this effect.

To say it is discouraging is an understatement of note.  It takes strong discipline, motivation and sometimes madness to keep on going and not give up.  I haven’t given up!

I recently customised my documentation for yet another angle to take on getting a foot in the door in the cruise industry.  This time, I focused on the things I have solid experience in, through the employer I have been with for the last 11 years.  I was fortunate to have it sent to the relevant people directly, and they thought my résumé good enough to at least have an initial telephonic “meet and greet” – the first interview of what I would imagine be a couple at least to follow.

Will this be my “big break” that I have been praying, asking and begging for someone to give to me?  Do we absolutely have to rely on someone giving you that big break?  Why do we find it so difficult to get somewhere in life without someone giving you that opportunity?  Surely my track record, experience, attitude and values should be enough to make my dream come true without having to rely on that?  How do we make recruiters, interviewers and potential new managers understand what our competencies are and that we are suitable for the position – in fact, not only suitable for the position, but to stand out in the crowd of sometimes thousands of applicants, and convince them that we are the best candidate for the position?

There are two schools of thought here:  The first is the almost cliché “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.”  The second is that you determine your own destiny, and that you cannot rely on other people to make it happen for you.

I believe that being successful calls for both, at various times in your life.  Sometimes you have to rely on someone else to give you that chance, and sometimes you have to outright ask for it.  The key is that you need to make them understand that, in other words, you determine what they think of you, that they understand you are the best candidate for the job, and that you will be successful.  As the person applying for the new job, you are ultimately the one determining your own destiny.

How do we bridge this gap, and make that happen?  Confidence without being arrogant, doing your research about the requirements of the job, good communication, good first impressions, be honest, be friendly, smile.  These are all examples of advice that you will find when you read articles about how to get the job.  But they do not answer that question, how do you convince the recruiter/interviewer that you are their perfect candidate, and convince them to give you that chance to prove yourself?

I haven’t found the answer yet.  If you have, and you are willing to share it with me and the people who read my blog, please leave your comment below.

Why so much details?

You might ask why I went into so much detail telling the story of my two trips.  Well, I actually already answered the question, as I alluded to the fact of what impact the entire Disney experience has had on me.

 

However, it is more than just the impact it had on me.  As mentioned in a previous post, each time I experienced Disney (and especially Disney Cruise Line), a little piece of me remained behind on the ship when I returned back home.

It was during the launch, trans-Atlantic cruise and christening of the Disney Fantasy, that the penny dropped with me that I wanted to be part of the Magic of Disney.

Your next question may be: “Why only now”?

I can think up several excuses which I used both in the past and now, but I came to realise that at some point I had to do something pro-active to make my dreams come true.  I think in a way, seeing how (relatively) easy it was for my partner (now ex partner) to get a job with DCL, made me realise that I too can achieve that dream.  In a sense, I thought it was out of my reach previously, but I believe wholeheartedly that this is a dream that can, and will, come true for me.  I have never been so determined, passionate and set on making something that I really want to come true, and I am taking proactive steps to make it happen, not just sitting back and waiting for it to come my way.

It hasn’t been an easy task so far, as I have been turned down several times already, but I am determined to keep on applying for available positions, as I know there is a position waiting for me there, at the right time, and at the right place, when it is meant to be.

One day, I will be reunited with the part of me that stayed behind at Disney Cruise Line.