Jacqueline Smyth - Georgia
Nicholas Neisen - New York
I would like to nominate Jacqueline Smyth for ACP’s Mentor of the Month. Jacquie has been my mentor for just under a year and has been pivotal in my transition from the Navy. I built a portfolio of experience throughout my Naval career and required assistance translating military success into a professional understanding, and Jacquie was there to guide me through every detail.
Our first conversation lasted well over an hour, just as we got to know one another personally and professionally. Her sense of motivation and interpersonal skills stood out immediately, and I knew that the ACP program coordinators had selected the best mentor for me as I transitioned into a career outside of the Navy. I had all of the “meat and potatoes” to fill up a resume and cover letter with ease, but I did not know how to engineer it into the “machine” that it is today. Jacquie reviewed and critiqued it. Then she reviewed and critiqued it some more. She ensured that I understood how to best describe my experiences and got me talking about my skills and abilities, which unknowingly prepared me for our interview practices later in the mentorship. I had several promising interviews lined up during this time, and she gave me the tools and confidence to execute them with ease. Jacquie has been my motivation and my beacon for success and professionalism as I transitioned.
I am currently working as a Logistics Account Manager, and Jacquie was key in preparing me for my new career. Her generous encouragement and endless information will forever be engraved into my memories of my Navy and civilian careers. I proudly thank Jacquie for her service to the military and for helping me through this process.
- David J., U.S. Navy, Indiana
I would like to nominate Nicholas Neisen for ACP’s Mentor of the Month. Nick has devoted countless hours — well above the minimum required for the program. He has been supportive throughout this mentorship, never short of great ideas, and has helped me to hold myself accountable to define and meet my career goals and objectives.
Nick and I were first introduced in September 2018, when for the first time in my life I felt like I was lacking a clear career vision and direction. I didn’t know what my next steps were with setting career goals and was having difficulty prioritizing and determining where my time would be best spent. During our initial call, I felt like I was all over the place and was wondering how anyone could possibly help me sort through my thoughts to clarify what it was that I needed to do to develop a plan. But Nick knew exactly what to do. He began by offering a few suggestions of where I could get started and, from that point forward, he kept me focused and on task.
No matter what I was working on, what networking event I had recently attended, what book/assessment I had recently finished, or what career related challenges I was having, Nick listened. He provided honest feedback, gave sound advice from all sides of the equation, is famous for saying, “This all sounds great, but have you thought about this?,” had a solid grasp on what needed to happen next, and always made it a point to reassure me that he was my biggest advocate.
Nick, thank you so much for volunteering your time to this program, sharing your experience, providing guidance, and all that you have done to help me take the appropriate steps to advance my career. You not only saved me time by keeping me on point; you provided best practices from which to work from, built my confidence in terms of realizing my value, and helped me learn the process of how to define and set my career goals and objectives. You have helped prepare me professionally for the next stage of my career and any challenges that may lie ahead. I hope that in the future I am fortunate enough to become a mentor of your caliber, as you have set a high bar from which to work from.
Further, thank you to Nick’s family and employer (UPS) for the time he took away to assist me. He really made a positive difference in my professional and personal life. Thank you ACP and ACP staff (most notably Lauren) for creating and maintaining this valuable program, sharing your resources, and providing assistance throughout this journey. Every veteran should take full advantage of this valuable program.
- Brad H., U.S. Air Force, Maryland