Careers Programme

Careers Programme


At Godalming College we recognise the importance of goals and progression for our students.  Our Careers Programme is designed to maximise the opportunities for students to explore options whether they are initially clear on their career goal or not!  Guidance is one of our core Strategic Aims:  To provide high quality support and guidance, focusing on individual needs, interests and abilities, enabling students to confidently progress onto their next step beyond College.

Our team of highly experienced Careers professionals support and guide the teaching teams in high quality provision of careers information using tools such as Unifrog to help students explore all progression options and make the best choices. Specifically, we aim to help students understand themselves, to develop the knowledge and skills to investigate opportunities in learning and in work and to manage transitions in learning, progressing into appropriate pathways of further and higher learning and work. We support applications for a whole variety of applications for further education, higher education, specialist courses, apprenticeships (including degree apprenticeships) and employment.
We offer support to students who wish to apply for competitive specialist courses and degree courses which have additional requirements to the standard application process; this includes applications for Oxford and Cambridge, Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Music, Art and Drama.  Extra requirements can take the form of entrance exams, aptitude tests, portfolios, interviews and selection days.  This support takes the form of additional timetabled sessions, of one to one support and guidance in subject areas and one to one support for applications through the personal tutorial Shaping Futures programme.

All students have the opportunity for impartial advice and guidance from qualified Careers Guidance Professionals as well as ongoing support from subject teachers, personal tutors and senior tutors.  All students also have the opportunity to access support for work experience.

In addition to the programmes below, students have access to a variety of presentations and meaningful encounters with employers, universities and gap year organisations both in College and by attending external careers events.

Our Careers Lead is Carol Horlock, Assistant Principal, who is responsible for strategic direction supported by Christine Hudson, Head of Careers as the lead for CEIAG (Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance). They can be contacted at careers@godalming.ac.uk  

Pre-enrolment

Year 10 and 11 Open Evenings, Federation Careers Day, School Liaison events, Course Advice Sessions, Going to Godalming (Taster) Days

 

 

Access one year course

Year 1

Year 2

External events

Term 1

Enrolment interview Individual tutorials Study and work skills: Time management, Online reputation, building resilience, selling yourself

Enrolment interview Individual tutorials

Getting started

Getting involved

Reflecting on transition

Reflecting on performance

Independent learning techniques

Individual tutorials to discuss applications / destinations

Third Student Review Applications, CVs, personal statements

Employability skills

 

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

University applicant days

 

 

Term 2

Individual tutorials Study and work skills: Interview success

Careers Options: Careers planning, job search, Unifrog, CVs, course research, re-application to 6th form, careers interviews, HE possibilities, Apprenticeship show

Individual tutorials

First Student Review

Introduction to Careers

UCAS Convention

Job & Apprenticeship Fair

National Careers Week

Next Steps Evening for parents

Individual tutorials Interview practice, Student Finance

Gap years Fourth Student Review

Social media job hunting

Personal Finance

Independent Skills for Living

Jobs & Apprenticeship Fair

 

 

UCAS Convention

 

 

National Apprenticeship show

Term 3

Individual tutorials

Individual tutorials to discuss applications / destinations

Second Student Review

Learner Voice

Personal Statements and CVs

Future Fridays programme of Careers talks and workshops

Individual tutorials Learner Voice

Results and Beyond

University Open days

 

 

 

Post results:

Post results service: results and careers support, destinations follow-up


History of Art Trip to Rome

Rome was an absolutely incredible trip, we were only there for 3 nights and 4 days but we packed such a lot in there was never a dull moment! As soon as we had arrived and unpacked we headed out to see the famous Spanish Steps before walking to the Piazza del Popolo and viewing Caravaggio works in the Cerasi Chapel all prior to seeing the infamous Bernini sculpture ‘Ecstasy of St Theresa’. 

The next day was spent looking at the classical architecture of the Colosseum and Forum and the afternoon, walking around the Borghese Gallery where we were thrilled to view works such as ‘Daphne and Apollo’ which we are studying this year. On our third day we visited Vatican City to see the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Square and duomo and were amazed by the sheer scale of the architecture and the intricate decor. In the afternoon we embarked on what David liked to call his ‘baroque and roll walk’ where I think it’s safe to say we trekked to see pretty much every fountain, church and obelisk that we hadn’t already visited, finishing the tour off at the Pantheon where we sat inside looking up at the domed ceiling with the circular opening in the centre – it had just been raining so the floor was a bit slippery! 

On our final day we focussed on the architecture of Borromini and Bernini at the Barberini Palace and at multiple churches before finishing our time in Rome with some last minute shopping and lunch. The balance between our itinerary and free time was perfect. We all had such an amazing experience and seeing the works we’re studying ‘in the flesh’ really helped to bring the subject to life in such a fun way. On behalf of everyone who went, I’d like to say a big thank you to Sarah, Fredie and David for taking us all, we had the best time!

By Ellie Ayres