Eric Wooten

Eric Wooten

Veteran Transition Specialist


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Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
I was one of the few in my group of friends in North Carolina to actually graduate from high school.
I didn't want to get stuck in my home town, so I decided to join the military to go see the world.
After my service ended, I decided to go back to school and get my bachelor's and master's degrees.
While at college, I was selected for a fellowship with the Mission Continues.
That fellowship really got things started for me and led me to where I am today.
Through the fellowship I was able to volunteer with a nonprofit that helped veterans in transition.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
Ashbrook High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Education, General
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
graduate
Graduate
Education, General
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Career

Career

Veteran Transition Specialist

I'm a career advisor; I help veterans transition out of the military and into a rewarding career.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Armed Services
Armed Services
Non-Profit Organizations
Non-Profit Organizations
Helping People
Helping People

Day to Day

I'm on the phone and writing resumes all day. A good day is any day when I'm constantly busy and being productive. We're constantly taking on veterans as new candidates, and I want to keep in constant contact with them. The busier, the better. A bad day would be when I can't get a hold of anyone, or keep clients engaged enough to want to reach out to me.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

My work requires you to be a good writer, utilizing proper grammar and spelling. This is to be expected, as we're writing resumes every day. Beyond that, you also need to identify what each job is looking for and help write resumes and cover letters that will address all needs and concerns. It's also good to have some experience in sales or recruitment; one of the biggest problems we face is getting in contact with veterans and keeping them engaged, so you need to have people skills.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

I got my current job because of my education and my experience working with other nonprofit organizations. That's the mot important thing that you can do if you want to work for a nonprofit: you have to put yourself out there and volunteer for opportunities that will show that you're a selfless, hard worker. Take the time while you are in school to volunteer or intern. Pursue opportunities to get work experience and to network.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Education, General
graduate
Graduate
Education, General
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"You can't do that."

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation College Student