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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An adventurous trip to Nepal

The Godalming College Nepal 2014 trip saw a group of 14 A2 students, 2 teachers and a True Adventure leader leave for Kathmandu on the 11th of July. For many of us, it was our first time in Asia. So, when we touched down in the capital’s international airport, it was quite the culture shock. Despite this, nothing could shake our desire to see and experience a country famed for its stunning scenery and its diverse heritage. After a few days in the Capital, Kathmandu, we travelled to the hills around Pokharra to start working with a rural school. Here, we began work painting, cleaning and cementing some of the classrooms in order to try and improve the conditions the local children were learning in.

The work was hard, especially seeing as lots of us were still getting used to the food and climate, but our work was made enjoyable by the incredible community that welcomed us into their village, their school and even at one point their rice paddy fields. However, after a week of work, it was time to say good-bye (or Namaste) and leave for the Annapurna Circuit to begin 12 days of trekking. Throughout this period, we saw dramatic changes in scenery almost every-day; we trekked through lush greenery, alpine mountain conditions, dry mountainside and even desert-like walks. Each day also bore some of the most incredible sights we had ever seen: towering mountains hidden behind wisps of cloud and huge glacier lakes, to name but a few.

For most of us, the biggest challenge was battling against a lack of oxygen and fatigue and getting to the highest point on the Annapurna circuit: Thorong-la pass – a pass almost 5500m high. Having completed an epic journey, the group had the opportunity to unwind and relax at Chitwan National Park, going on an Elephant safari among other things. Because of the nature of the trip, we learnt so much about what it means to be part of a well-functioning team. More specifically, most of us found out what it means to lead a group and what it takes to communicate your ideas effectively. But what I think we all got out of this trip was an experience so incredible that it’s going to be pretty hard to forget. I would recommend the Godalming True Adventure expeditions to anyone who enjoys a challenge and craves an unforgettable experience.

by Daniel Garel