Manager, Center for Career Planning and Workforce Strategies
Chief Petty Officer Emanuel “Manny” Sepulveda was born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico and raised in Hoboken, New Jersey where he enlisted in the Navy on June 13, 1988. He went to Recruit Training in San Diego, California and Mess Management Specialist “A” School. Throughout his time in the Navy Manny earned two Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medals, nine Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals and various unit and campaign awards.
While transitioning into the civilian world may have been relatively stress free, it was Manny’s personality and planning that allowed things to be easy for him. Knowing that he would be stepping into a new chapter in life, he started to prepare early. It was all of the little things that he thought about before it was time to transition – that allowed him to have a comfortable, post-Navy landing.
Networking was key for Manny because he was able to leverage his people skills to meet a lot of people who were able to share advice about what he should – and shouldn’t be doing. When asked what was the most important piece of advice he was given, without hesitation Manny responded, “It was to go to school.”
For those men and women who are preparing to step away from the military and are looking for a smooth transition, Manny offered, “The most important thing to remember when you’re preparing to transition is that no matter where you’re networking or who you seek out for advice, you’re always on an interview. If you treat it like that and maintain a positive attitude, you’ll do a lot of good for yourself.”