It’s not very often, but sometimes, sometimes, Australia releases something slightly before the rest of the world because of the time difference. I won’t spoil it for anyone but I have to say it was brilliant. If you’ve read the book, you should be very happy with how this film was made.
Hey :) When did you actually send off your application? I wish I'd known about the program earlier :( wish I'd applied. Im gonna apply for 2013 :) I live in the UK! So I'm going for the ICP as well! :) I just wondered what kinda things did you write on your front cover thing? I'm so bad at writing! thanks :) x
Hi! So I sent off my application in mid-October 2011, and went through the interview process/was accepted by November 1st. I was lucky in that the process was super fast but then I had abut 9/10 months until my actual program would start. That was probably the hardest part, waiting to get there after all the excitement of being accepted! So I would recommend sending international recruitment an expression of interest email, including your CV. I didn’t really have to write a cover letter for mine (I know the Aus/NZ ICP is a bit different to the UK one, do you know if you’d be going for the Cultural Representative Program that lasts a year or the general College Program that goes for about 2-3 months?) I was very basic in what I sent, and again it might have been different, but along with my CV I sent this:
"Thanks for getting back to me!
I have looked at the information on the website and I am definitely interested and it looks like I am qualified for the program. I am attaching my CV to this email for your consideration. My current school is [Insert Uni] and I am studying a Bachelor of Arts, currently second year. The program sounds like it would be a wonderful and rewarding experience and I hope to hear back from you soon!
Thanks so much,
Olivia [Last Name]”
It’s good to be simple and to the point, but to let them know that you are interested. It would also be good if you say you are interested in starting 2013 and whether this is the best time to apply.
You can't be a character performer unless you audition, theres no exception.
Actually, there is. The International program is different to the general CP. It’s my official role, and a couple of other Australian/New Zealanders’ too. My interview was my audition, and as long as I pass training, it will be one of my roles.
International College Program Application Process (Part 2)
As I said in my last post, my interview was conducted via Skype. This was strange. I had to usual pre-interview jitters plus added terror concerning my internet possibly failing, or a bad connection etc. The interview was scheduled for 8am (groan) so I woke up super early, put make-up on and a respectable top (definitely wanted to dress as if I were attending a proper interview) and signed into Skype at around 7:45am. 8:00am came… and passed. When it became 30 minutes after my scheduled time I was beyond freaked out. I sent a frantic email to the aus ICP contact asking whether something was wrong on my end or if the time was off etc.
They emailed back straight away saying they were terrible sorry, and that they had forgotten to call me. Haha. So basically they added me on Skype right away and began the interview. I’ll admit it shook me up a little bit but the recruiter so was nice (his name was Jeff) that I was put immediately at ease.
The interview questions weren’t really the same ones as what I’d heard are generally asked during CP phone interviews. The closest we got to those were my top roles, (Character Performer, Attractions, Front desk) and the rest of the interview was more of a chat, mixed with general questions I’ve found are asked in most interviews (tell me one skill you’ve learned from your current job etc). We did spend a lot of time talking about where I currently work (Apple Retail) aaaand that was basically it. When I said I was interested in character performing, he asked for my height, which I couldn’t remember exactly, because I’m an idiot. But he asked me to measure myself right after the interview and send it right on over, which I did.
All in all, it lasted about 20 minutes. I couldn’t stop smiling afterwards and bounding around the house because I felt like it went really well.
I found out about 4 days later that I was accepted, and was offered the double role of Character Performer and Attractions (A double role because I opted for the year-long program).
Anyway, my arrival date is August 4th and I can’t wait to meet all you guys out there. If anyone else is an Australian/New Zealander doing the same program, or has any questions (if anyone in general has questions, too, not just from the southern hemisphere!) please feel free to ask, or just say hi! =]