Today is Veteran's Day and I wanted to share something that
speaks to my heart as a both a supporter of our Military Troops and a fan of
In different ways, we are all surrounded by the impact of unemployment
in our area and in our country. And as hard as it's been, it has been that much
more difficult for our veterans seeking jobs when they return home or to keep a
position home while they are serving in the Reserves.
I recently discovered Disney: Heroes Work Here
Heroes Work Here
is an initiative
with a wealth of resources for veterans interested in seeking employment with
the Walt Disney Company. Here is its mission and goal:
"The Walt Disney Company has
a long history of respect and appreciation for the U.S. Armed Services.
We recognize the commitment and dedication it takes to serve your country,
and value the leadership skills and sense of purpose the military has
instilled in you. It is precisely these
qualities we look for in our employees. That is why we have committed to providing career
opportunities for veterans over the next three years through Casting Our Veterans, including internships for students
and recent grads, through our recruitment
This long connection to supporting the Military goes all the
way back to Walt Disney's early years. After being denied enlistment in World
War I, Walt Disney himself served in the Red Cross in Europe. During World War
II, the Walt Disney Studios created and produced training films for the Armed
Forces. The U.S. Army even moved onto the Studio lot. Disney also became one of
the original sponsors of the Marine Toy
for Tots Foundation
and helped to design the original Toys for Tots logo.
Now, the Walt Disney Company continues its outreach through the Disney
VoluntEARS program in addition to Heroes
What struck me the most about Heroes Work Here
is how they match one's military occupation
to a Disney career
. For example, if you were in Military Intelligence, it could
translate to Quality Assurance at Disney. Or if you were in Maritime, it could translate
to Shipboard/Technical Operations on the Disney Cruise Line. There are also
links for students and recent grads who participate(d) in ROTC office, Office
of Veterans Affairs or their Student Veterans of America chapter.
The website also features an
interview with J.R. Martinez
, the veteran turned soap opera star, who went
on to win Season 13 of Dancing With the
he discusses what it was like for him to transition from Military to Civilian
page on how to package yourself through networking, resume
writing and practice interviewing is an invaluable resource to begin the Heroes Work Here
Today, we honor and thank our Veterans and Troops. But let
us also do this in everyday and practical ways. Disney: Heroes Work Here
is one of many initiatives that companies
are embarking on to employ our returning veterans.
Writer's note: While I love sharing information
about Disney, I am not a current or former Disney Cast Member and I am not
compensated for covering Disney in any way.
Become a blogger today!
Get started now