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


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History and Politics visit Berlin

We embarked on the #Berlin2014 trip on Sunday afternoon, full of energy and ready for the experience. Our first visit in Berlin, on the first day was the infamous Reichstag, which was instrumental in the unification of Germany in 1872. We also paid a visit to the Brandenburg Gate that used to mark the city limits, however no longer does it perform this function.

Berlin is one of the most fascinating cities I have ever been to. Its history ranges from the unification of Germany, through the First World War, the Great Depression and the rise of the National Socialist Party. And of course after the Second World War the city was on the front line of the Cold War. The core of the week was built up of visits to several famous museums such as the Jewish Museum by Daniel Libeskind, the Berlin Wall memorial which is the preserved stretch of the wall as it stood in 1989 on Bernauer Strasse and the mighty German Historical Museum. We also had the opportunity to pay a visit to one of the most famous Concentration camps, Sachsenhausen used by both the Nazi and East German regimes. The Camp is one of the most jaw-dropping experiences that I have ever had, the most impressionable aspect being the sign that was fitted to the gate that read; ‘Arbeit macht frei’. This, rather sinesterly, translates to English as ‘Work Sets You Free’ and was hung over many concentration camps, such as Dachau and Auschwitz , to name a few. We also paid a visit to the site of the Wansee Conference which was held in a beautiful manor house, the area’s beauty can be juxtaposed with the sinister decisions that were made in the house; the logistical planning which facilitated the deaths of over six million innocent. We also went to the memorials to the victims of the Death Camps that are located within central Berlin such as the Roma-Gypsies Memorial, the memorial to gay victims of the Nazis and the famous memorial for the Jewish victims of the Nazi Oppression. These memorials were immensely moving for us all and we spent a sombre hour or so in the early evening contemplating these different sites. Each was extremely effective despite being vastly different, as we begin to appreciate the scale and industrial nature of the murders of those that did not adhere to the unrealistic standards that the Nazis held. What is interesting about the position of these memorials is that they surround the Reichstag and the Brandenburg Gate, meaning they are as much part of everyday German life as basic land-marks or the Parliament building. And therefore symbolically represent the German peoples’ determination to come to terms with their past.

We were given opportunity to climb Norman Foster’s glass dome that sits atop theGerman parliament building and saw what I think is one of the most beautiful views that is possible to see of any European capital - the sprawling city which was the site of one hot war and one cold. At the front of the roof there is still a lasting presence of the eastern visitors ,who climbed upon it a mere 70 years earlier, in the form of a Russian name and a city scratched into the wall. A reminder that this is a city where history has been written and re-written and which continues to be such a driving force in 21st century Europe. On our final day were were able to leave the hubbub of Berlin behind to spend a morning at the beautiful Potsdam palaces, what happens when a powerful King has money and taste! Relaxing in Potsdam’s cafes amidst its cobbled streets was a wonderful finale to the visit.
The trip was not all History or Politics and there was considerable time for leisure and relaxation. We paid a visit to the Matrix nightclub in Berlin’s famous clubbing district out East, and had great fun. We also visited a typical German pub which brewed its own beer in the ultra-modern Sony Centre, a futuristic wonder, where we watched the England Vs Uruguay Game, which we all naturally came away disappointed with as we lost. Finally, the teachers gave us the chance to go swimming and play ball games at a lake in the Weissensee district. This was the scene of Bruce Springsteen’s famous concert in 1988 which helped bring down the wall reminding us that history is never far away in this amazing city!

All in all we thoroughly enjoyed the trip and would recommend it to anyone who was on the fence about going in 2015. I had a great time and am really looking forward to what the A2 trip to Krakow next year could hold as if it is anything similar then I am really excited about it. On a final note I would like to give my utmost thanks to Anthony Kirby for setting up and booking everything and for being a constant source of comedy with his loud German rants, which most likely left the native population rather confused as to who on earth we all were.  Also a huge thank-you to all the staff that came on the trip: Jon Carr, Jenny Hunter-Phillips and Kat Parker.