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Eric Wooten

Eric Wooten

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Eric's work combines: Armed Services, Non-Profit Organizations, and Helping People

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Day In The Life

Veteran Transition Specialist

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

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    Ashbrook High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Education, General

    Southern Illinois University Carbondale

  • Graduate Degree

    Education, General

    Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be an Educational, Guidance, and Career Counselors and Advisors:

High School

Bachelor's Degree: Workforce Development and Training

Graduate Degree: Workforce Development and Training

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    I was one of the few in my group of friends in North Carolina to actually graduate from high school.

  • 2.

    I didn't want to get stuck in my home town, so I decided to join the military to go see the world.

  • 3.

    After my service ended, I decided to go back to school and get my bachelor's and master's degrees.

  • 4.

    While at college, I was selected for a fellowship with the Mission Continues.

  • 5.

    That fellowship really got things started for me and led me to where I am today.

  • 6.

    Through the fellowship I was able to volunteer with a nonprofit that helped veterans in transition.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Society in general:

    You can't do that.

  • How I responded:

    Thinking of something as "negative noise" is all about perspective and perception; you can either look at things as discouragement, or you can take those comments and use them as motivation to move forward and succeed. Recognize that if there's a naysayer in your life that's just constantly berating you, you don't need to keep that person and that negativity in your life. Give them a chance, tell them how you feel. If they keep being negative, kick them to the curb.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • I grew up poor, in a community with low expectations for academic performance. I barely completed high school, and went to work in factories like my peers. Decided that wasn't for me, so I joined the military to better myself. Now I have a Master's.