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


A Bright Future

Upper Sixth student Ben Sheppard is the proud recipient of an Army Scholarship which recognises his full potential to become a regular Army Officer on completion of his A levels and undergraduate degree.

Ben’s dream has always been to join the Army, to have an active lifestyle and see the world so when he spotted the chance to be funded through college and university it was an easy decision to apply. 

There is a rigorous selection process due to the fact that a place at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst is guaranteed for every recipient of the scholarship. Your academic ability and fitness are tested to the full including your communication and team building skills on a number of tasks and assessments through 3 intensive days at the Army Officer Selection Centre in Westbury, Wiltshire.  The board sits only once per year and offers a maximum of 100 scholarships.  Despite this Ben says that his colleagues on the selection did not feel like it was a competition, ‘we were all in it together and supported each other through the process; the important thing to remember is that you are only selected if the board feel that you have the potential to become a Regular Commissioned Officer.’ In 2015, only 50 potential officers were granted the scholarship.

The award is equal to £10,000 by the time Ben finishes university but he has to maintain his academic success, achieving grades at A level and beyond to be awarded the money at each stage.  Whilst at university Ben will also complete 27 days training per year with the Officer Training Corps and he will also receive pay for this as a reservist.

At College Ben is studying History, Politics, Economics, an Extended Project Qualification and is also completing his Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. He loves Swimming, Rugby and Athletics and likes to be active and enjoys being outdoors.

He says of joining the Army “I’d like to join the Royal Engineers, maybe attached to 3 Commando Brigade or other amphibious forces. Sometimes joining the Army can seem like a controversial decision but I know that they do a great deal of good in the world, such as disaster relief and peacekeeping. I know it is what I want to do.”