Persistent Coaching Program
Right Time – Right Fit – Right Guidance
The vast majority of our undergraduate student veterans are transfer students; 80% of which come from 10 feeder schools from across the Southeast. Of note, none of these feeder schools represent the rigor associated with a Tier 1 Research University, like UGA. As a result, transferring student veterans often arrive to a totally new academic experience at UGA where the lessons of the past may no longer apply. This can lead to transfer shock.
Through our Veterans Orientation and Academic Coaching programs transfer student veterans can mitigate the risk of transfer shock. All transferring student veterans are encouraged to attend our special veterans orientation and meet with their assigned academic coach as soon as possible following orientation.
A large research university is very different from what most transfer students have experienced. To help you navigate this new space, the SVRC offers matriculating student veterans access to Transition Coaches. Our coaches are experienced faculty/staff who have volunteered their time to help you navigate your first semester at UGA. They do this by:
After your first semester, your transition coach will connect you to a readiness coach.
Readiness Coaches (RC) are the SVRC’s Graduate Assistants. Beginning your second semester, you will work with a readiness coach to build a tailored development plan (DP). The plan highlights your career or graduate school interests, identifies geographic locations you would like to work/study, and companies or graduate schools you are interested in pursuing.
Building off this approach, you and your readiness coach will work together to develop your resume. Once your resume is complete, the next step is networking and branding. This step focuses on finding, building, and leveraging a network within your field of study or interest. Networking is critical as you shape connections around your new career interests. These connections will help you navigate your job search and, when the time comes, provide meaningful references. As you build a network, you will recognize the need to rebrand.
Branding is an essential part of your professional development as you pivot from the military to a new career. Your brand is made up of many facets including your resume, social media, interactions and appearance.
Graduate Student Veterans looking to give back to the UGA veteran community have a fantastic opportunity with the Graduate Peer2Peer Program. The SVRC wants to connect graduate students with undergraduates in the same college or discipline of study so they can provide some guidance and direction into the undergraduates’ academic career. The experience and knowledge graduate student veterans provide to undergraduates can be invaluable to their academic and professional growth.
Student Veterans Resource Center
481 Tate Student Center
Athens, GA 30602
SVRC Administrative Office and Service Desk
Tate Room 481
Staffed: 8 am - 4 pm, Monday through Friday
Open: 8 am - 9 pm, Monday through Friday
First Data Student Veterans Lounge
Tate Room 484
8 am - 12 am, Monday through Friday