As we celebrate Global Well-Being Week at Disney, we’re shining a spotlight on the health and wellness of our employees and helping them explore the wide range of benefits offered by the company. One of the key goals of the event is to make health and well-being tools, resources and programs more easily accessible, not just during Global Well-Being Week but all year round.
One such program is Disney Aspire, the company’s education and career investment program for US-based hourly part-time and full-time employees and cast members designed to put their career dreams within reach. And for cast member Rosie Helldorfer, that meant pursuing a master’s degree in mental health counseling.
Much like the inspiration behind our Global Well-Being Week, Rosie was inspired to enroll in Disney Aspire through her desire to help people live their best and healthiest lives. She’s seen firsthand how therapy can transform people and hopes to raise awareness of the importance of mental health while helping others find their voice again.
“I have always felt a pull towards the counseling field, and this is the first step in making that dream a reality,” Rosie said. “Everything I am learning is directly related to the work I will do as a future licensed mental health counselor.”
Rosie joined Disney in the fall of 2019 as a Disney College Program participant and is currently a PhotoPass photographer, capturing magical memories and moments for guests visiting EPCOT at Walt Disney World Resort. Rosie first heard about Disney Aspire from a co-worker and leaped at the opportunity.
Today, she’s a proud Disney Aspire participant, more confident than ever in pursuing her dream career and knows exactly what it will take to get there. “I’ve learned a lot about hard work,” she says. “Balancing work and school is no easy feat, but I’ve learned how to better prioritize the things that are most important to me.”
To learn more about Disney Aspire, visit aspire.disney.com.