5 Minutes with Mike Smith, DoD SkillBridge Fellow

By Greencastle Consulting

Spend ‘Five Minutes With…’ Mike Smith and you will walk away with a smile on your face!

Mike has the exceptional gift of knowing how to make someone laugh even if he just met you. And if his personality doesn’t bring a smile to your face then watching him eat five bowls of ice cream at VetFest or 15 smores at the annual Greencastle camping trip just might!

If you can’t meet Mike in person then continue reading below to learn more about the man who is always willing to lend a hand and is never too busy to help someone in need.

Tell us a little bit about your time in the DoD SkillBridge program.

My time in the SkillBridge program with Greencastle has been amazing. I’m sure that everyone has gone through the same rollercoaster of emotion from their respective branches (or at least please tell me you did), so with that emotion, it was nice to know that I was coming to a place where I could walk in and confide in people knowing that they understand. I heard about Greencastle from a good friend and a mentor of sorts. I came to a happy hour and was immediately hooked. During my 5 months, I have been fortunate enough to earn a slew of certifications while working with the team and helping build those client relationships. 

How did the SkillBridge program fit with your prior experience and your future career goals?

I feel that the program and career path fit in with my prior experience because, like all of us, we come from chaos. Chaos is the blanket that keeps me warm on a cold night. I was a senior NCO so I feel like I excelled in herding free-range cats. My last duty assignment was as a Readiness NCO, where I made managerial decisions throughout the week in place of the Company Commander, as well as acted as a sounding board for the command team guiding them through all major events. Working in recruiting I feel helped with client engagement because I think that high school kids are the hardest and harshest critics of character out there and I did pretty well in that arena. My future goal is to maintain the trajectory that I am on and walk over any bar that is set for me. 

What is the best piece of career advice you’ve received?

“You’ve given 25 years, a spleen, and your firstborn. You owe the Army nothing.” This wasn’t meant to be derogatory by any means, it was the mental kick in the head that I needed in order to allow myself the motivation to apply, and the opportunity to take part in the SkillBridge program.

What is your midnight go-to snack?

ICE CREAM! I can’t believe this is a question for me. However, I will submit to Peter Pan Honey Peanut Butter….on a very rare occasion ice cream is not on hand. 

What is one thing on your bucket list?

Don’t live with a bucket list, that just forces time to catch up with you. When the time is right, I will travel cross country with my wife. I want to see everything this great country has to offer. Other than that, always make tomorrow a new adventure with anything that you do. 

What’s one thing that can instantly make your day better?

Making someone else smile makes my day, every time. That is such a powerful tool that EVERYONE has, yet some choose simply not to do. I challenge everyone who reads this to go out of your way to make someone smile, with a joke, story, gift, anything you can think of and tell me that doesn’t reciprocate. Even if you don’t have any of those things…just being a good person honestly does make people smile.