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


dan

Colombia Calling

I have been here for more than a month now: living, travelling and volunteering. Colombia is a beautiful country and I would highly reccomend anyone to come here if they can. I have met many travellers, especially here in Cali, that end up staying much longer than initially planned as they fall in love with what's here. Here in Cali, it's the nightlife. Cali is known as the salsa capital of the world and after a month here I can see why. There are places to dance every night and the salsa rhythm seems to be in everyone's blood here. It makes me feel very foreign!

I`ve been working in FEDUT, the partner foundation of the Dan Eley Foundation for a month now and the experience has been incredible. FEDUT provides a place for disadvantaged, publicly educated children to come in the afternoons, where they can do activities such as art, sport, music and ICT. Through these extra curricular activities the foundation aims to enhance their personal, emotional and physical development, helping them to achieve their goals. I teach english to a class of 20 with kids aged 5-12. It has been challenging as the education system in Colombia is very different to ours in England. However this makes me very grateful for the incredible standard of teaching, discipline and resources we have and has made me more passionate about giving as much as I can to these kids.

One thing that I have noticed here that I would love for British children to have more of, is pride. Here, if you ask a Colombian about their country or culture, they will reply with great passion and will want to tell you as much as they can. The children learn the national and city anthems from a young age and are taught to love their culture. They are also taught to be grateful for what they have, something we all often lack in Britain. When I was first introduced to the children, Lina (my co worker) took time to make sure the children understood that they must be grateful for me being here and that it was a great opportunity to have a native English speaker teaching them. If being here has taught me anything, it's taught me to be more grateful for my education and I would encourage everyone at college to realise how much opportunity they have, just based on where they were born.