Michael Jensen - Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Gail Matteson - Columbia, Maryland
Michael Polen - Redmond, Washington
I would like to nominate Michael Jensen for ACP’s Mentor of the Month. We began working together about 6 months ago when I was preparing to separate from the Army after five years of active duty service. I was, and still am, nervous about separating from the military, but Mike is helping me every step of the way in navigating this challenging period.
Without Mike’s guidance and insight, I do not know where I would be today. Thanks to Mike I’ve had some interviews go very well. Recently in an informal chat with a possible employer, the interviewer told me that he could tell that I had been given good guidance and mentorship just from the way I answered his questions. I can attribute this to my last minute email to Mike asking for advice on an informal interview. Thanks to those questions and the guidance from Mike, I moved on to the next steps in the hiring process with the company. Mike has helped with my résumé and cover letters by providing me with his professional input. As I get closer to separation, I know Mike will be there every step of the way in helping me find a rewarding career where I can showcase my talents and expertise. Someday I hope to meet Mike in-person so I can thank him. This experience so far has been incredible, and without the expertise and guidance from Mike I wouldn’t be where I am today. Being partnered with Mike has been a blessing, and it was ACP that brought us together.
- Matthew G., U.S. Army, El Paso, Texas
I would like to nominate Gail Matteson for ACP’s Mentor of the Month. I applied and was accepted into ACP’s Program shortly after my retirement from the Marine Corps and during my transition into the civilian workforce. I feel extremely lucky to have of been paired with Gail, who has been vital in mentoring and guiding me through the stressors of the transition from military life to corporate America. She has not only been an inspirational Mentor, but has always made herself available to me when faced with unique scenarios in the corporate world that I have minimal experience with.
In one instance, I had the unfortunate responsibility of dismissing an employee, which made me nervous, as I had never done this before. Gail not only offered guidance on the situation that I faced, but went as far as calling me afterwards to ask how it went. It really meant a lot to me to have the same type of concerned Mentor as I had in the military. Liberty Mutual must be proud to have such a sincere person on their team. I will be forever indebted to Gail Matteson for her assistance with navigating the transition from the USMC to corporate America.
- Pedro V., U.S. Marine Corps, Fort Worth, Texas
I would like to nominate Michael Polen for ACP’s Mentor of the Month. We began working together about 6 months ago while I was trying to decide on the next steps for my career. Michael was an enormous help by providing clarity and an outside perspective on some of my tough decisions.
Our first meeting was in person and we got to know each other and our work backgrounds. We were able to walk through my work history and what I was hoping to do in the future. From there Michael was able to give me some advice on how to start moving in the right direction. We have continued to meet and work through different situations as they arise. He has given me guidance on how to approach interviews, advice on how to maximize my LinkedIn presence, and pointers on how to navigate the murky waters of a new job.
I am extremely grateful for the time and effort that Michael has put in to help me be successful. He is a great Mentor and a fabulous coach.
- Bryan Y., U.S. Army, Tigard, Oregon