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


General Election candidates

General Election Hustings

On the afternoon of Friday 27th February, three potential parliamentary candidates for South West Surrey, Howard Kaye (Labour), Susan Ryland (Green) Patrick Haveron (Lib Dem) were joined by Paul Chapman from Surrey Heath (UKIP) and a late substitution of Jonathan Lord from Woking (Conservative) in a lively debate at Godalming College. It was unfortunate that Jeremy Hunt the Conservative MP for South West Surrey was called away from the area on ministerial business.

The event organised by the Politics department was hosted by Assistant Principal, William Baldwin who helped 200 hundred students take part in a political debate with the candidates. For many of the students this is the first time that they will be voting, therefore their political engagement is to be encouraged as they become active citizens and full members of their local community.  A show of hands proved that many would be eligible to vote but less than half of these were decided about which party they would vote for.  

Each candidate was given 5 minutes for a party political broadcast to explain why these young voters should vote for them.   Candidates were then involved in debate and argument on issues affecting students with their current concerns on national and international events as well as policies affecting their education, ambitions and career prospects.  It was inevitable that the rise in university fees and the cuts in funding for sixth form colleges were brought up as consequences of this parliament.  Other questions which addressed issues of under-represented groups in politics and why policies favour older, working voters, plus should the voting age be lowered to 16 and why independent schools should be allowed to keep their charitable status and therefore reclaim the VAT that they have paid while colleges are forced to pay VAT in full.

The debate at Godalming College was the first hustings in the constituency before the general election in 10 weeks time.  The candidates all welcomed the opportunity to meet with young people and find out what the burning issues for young people are. Despite the differing views amongst the candidates and a little personal ‘mud slinging’, all enjoyed this stimulating and inspiring event.  It could have continued for another hour, with students also adding their views to those of the candidates.  

The debate and involvement will continue to be developed in the classroom and this exposure to politics will be used to further inform studies. Politics students will set up their own parties within the college and a mock General Election will run alongside the real General Election.  Voting will take place on the same day,  7th May, to see if the voting pattern of the students reflects the national trend.