The Disney playlist that guided me through my post-college job hunt

Everyone tells you that college is tough – and it is! What they don’t tell you is how tough it is to find a job after you graduate. I expected to be starting in my grown-up job the week after graduation, and although that might be the case for some people, others (myself included) need a bit of time to find that perfect first professional job.

Throughout my six-month long hunt, I found myself needing a bit of extra magic every now and then to keep me going, and what better place to turn to than the wonderful music of Disney! Here’s a list of ten songs that kept me motivated, and some thoughts behind them.

1) “Dig A Little Deeper” The Princess and the Frog

Dig deep to really think about who you are. What are you passionate about? What kind of work do you want to do? It took a lot of looking inside myself to realize that, although I had a degree in physics, I really wanted to work in a more creative and people-centric environment. And I’m so glad I took the time to figure that out, because I couldn’t be happier in my role now!

Favorite Line:
When you find out who you are, you’ll find out what you need. Blue skies and sunshine are guaranteed!

2) “How Far I’ll Go” Moana

Okay, so this technically wasn’t out when I was job-hunting, but this song has been a jam since November, so it’s on the playlist – you’re welcome. When I was job-hunting, I had a lot of people giving me advice on where to go, what to do, etc., and it was tough to say “thanks for the advice, but no thanks.” You know what your goals are, so just (figuratively) grab your canoe from the cave in your backyard, and head toward them!

3) “When Can I See You Again” Wreck-It Ralph

Don’t be afraid to go somewhere new. There are tons of opportunities out there for you, and although it may be scary to move somewhere where you don’t know anyone, you’ll be fine. You’ll meet people. You’ll adjust. You’ll see your other friends again. I moved from the central coast to Los Angeles, and now I have a great mix of old and new friends!

4) “Start of Something New” High School Musical

Once you’ve graduated (whether or not you have a job), something new has started. It’s hard to say what that may be – a new job, more schooling, or potentially a movement in a local high school to break the status quo culminating in a spectacular final dance number in the gymnasium. Regardless of what it is, look forward to the possibilities!

Favorite Line:
Livin’ in my own world, didn’t understand, that anything can happen if you take a chance.

5) On My Way” Brother Bear

Your job hunt is a journey, and although it can be challenging, it should also be exciting! You’re on your way to a new adventure, new friends, and potentially new places. Don’t forget to smile :-)

Favorite Line:
Tell everybody I’m on my way, and I’m lovin’ every step I take.

Koda and Kenai

6) “The Time of Your Life” A Bug’s Life

Live your life to its fullest! Make choices to be happy! Although job hunting is tough, take the time to enjoy your life, because “we may only go ‘round this one time, as far as I can tell.”

Favorite Line:
It’s the time of your life, so live it well!


7) “Seize the Day” Newsies! The Musical

I mean, is there a better anthem for job-seekers today? The odds may seem against you, but you will find a job! You just have to seize the day, and jump (or Newsie-leap) on the opportunities that present themselves. There is no better time than the present!

Favorite Line:
Courage cannot erase our fear; courage is when we face our fear.

8) “Carpe Diem” Phineas and Ferb

This is just the Latin equivalent of “seize the day” but I love Phineas and Ferb, and “Gitchie Gitchie Goo” didn’t really work for this playlist. And as the song says, “I know it sounds a bit cliché, there’s no such thing as just an ordinary day.”

Favorite Line:
Just grab those opportunities when you see ‘em. Cuz every day’s a brand new day, you gotta carpe diem.

Phineas and Ferb Topiaries

9) “Try Everything” Zootopia

You never know until you try! If a job posting says a cover letter is optional, do it – what do you have to lose? Now, take this idea with a grain of salt – don’t try to apply to every job you possibly can. Side note, this song came up on shuffle while I was driving to my first day of work, and it was awesome. I was Judy Hopps. You can be Judy Hopps.

Favorite Line:
Birds don’t just fly, they fall down and get up.

10) “Skull and Crossbones” Pirates of the Caribbean: The Cure of the Black Pearl

This song doesn’t have some sort of metaphorical or literal meaning like the others. It’s just an epic soundtrack to those moments in your job hunt where you want to feel awesome. Examples include: when you submit an application, as you travel to an interview, or while you walk to the kitchen to tell your family that you landed the job.

Alternate Option: “The Incredits” The Incredibles – In case you want to feel epic more frequently, and your family is getting sick of hearing “that song from Pirates of the Caribbean”.

Alternate-Alternate Options: “Star Wars Main Title” The Star Wars Films, “Finale” Fantasmic at Disney Parks, “The Game Has Changed” Tron: Legacy

Pirates of the Caribbean at Magic Kingdom Park
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