It’s a new year, and time to take stock of your career goals. Whether you recently transitioned from the military or have been out for several years and feel stagnant, a mentor can help you shape your future plans and explore new career opportunities.
In 2020, a record number of Veterans sought mentorship from American Corporate Partners. In response, ACP continued to add new corporate partners like ADT, Cisco, Nike and UnitedHealth Group to its roster of more than 90 Fortune 500 businesses who are engaged in the effort to mentor Veterans into rewarding civilian careers.
Available mentors right now include the Chief People Officer at Major League Baseball, the COO of the New York Jets, the SVP Military Affairs at USAA, and a VP of Diversity for Bank of America. New mentors sign up every day, so now is a great time to sign up to jump start your civilian career in 2021.
Mentorship doesn’t end with a new job
Stephanie learned about ACP through a June VA Newsletter featuring ACP. She served as an NCO in the U.S. Navy as an Operational Supervisor. With guidance from her ACP mentor, she recently landed a job as a project manager at General Dynamics.
“Josh and I had a great virtual meeting. In our next meeting, we’ll touch base on my LSAT preparation progress and follow up on possible ways I can build relevant experience now,” she said.
But mentorship doesn’t end once a Veteran finds a new job. The conversation continues, ensuring that Veterans always have an advocate for them every step of the way.
U.S. Army veteran Armando obtained his dream job just a few months into his yearlong ACP mentorship with his Nike mentor, Ken.
“When I first applied to ACP, I already held a position at a company and wanted to explore growth opportunities with a corporate mentor. After being paired with Ken, I realized that I wanted to take a risk and bet on myself by taking on a position in a Veteran-owned start up company. However, everyone around me was advising me not to take this risk – they simply could not understand why I wanted to take this chance.”
Thanks to Ken, Armando felt encouraged to take the chance that changed his life. “My ACP Mentor heard me for what I wanted to do, encouraged me to follow my dreams and truly addressed what I was passionate about. Together, we have been working on my goals and done some serious career planning.”
Are you ready to take the next step?
ACP has openings for both Veterans and mentors. Getting started is easy. Visit https://www.acp-usa.org/ and fill out an application, which generally takes about 10 minutes. Answer questions that include background, interests, military experience, and mentoring preferences such as gender or former service preferences.
What to expect after applying?
ACP will reach out within 24 hours and schedule a 15-minute phone call to ask a few more clarifying questions to match the applicant with the right mentor.
Over the past 10 years, more than 18,000 Veterans have completed the mentorship program. For those Veterans who obtained jobs in 2018, 86% of those hired during the program were still with the company in 2019. In 2019, nearly 2,000 Veterans were hired while enrolled in the mentorship program, with an average salary of $80,000.
All post-9/11 Veterans who have served at least 180 days of active duty since 9/11 are eligible.
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