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


Hopeful medical students

Preparing for a Medical Career

Hopeful medical students from the Aim High in Medicine group at Godalming College recently took part in a practice morning for the daunting formal interview and multiple mini interviews that are commonly used for entry into medical schools.

The eleven students were met formally at reception as if this was a real interview day and the smartly dressed young people were led to the boardroom which would become their base for the morning, and given their timetable of activities. Each candidate had a time to meet with a member of the College’s Senior Management Team and a medical practitioner for a rigorous formal interview. Students also faced the multiple mini interview technique which is designed to test candidates in a number of ways and certainly takes them outside of their comfort zone. This involved six fast paced scenarios including, two role play activities including consoling a distraught patient and becoming a GP for a consultation with a rather difficult and intimidating patient, two paper based activity and one-to-one discussions about their work experience to date and the worst mistake they ever made.

After a quick lunch the day continued with knowledge building lectures and workshops. The first talk on interview techniques was provided by a graduate ambassadors of Nottingham University followed by a very interesting lecture on Cerebral Palsy by Prof MJ Platt. Mary Jane Platt is a Clinical Professor in Medical Education and Director of Admissions for Norwich Medical School. The day ended with a workshop on medical ethics which saw the students getting very involved discussing various medical scenarios and discussing their thoughts with a medical practitioner.

Nine of the students who took part have already applied to medical school and are hopeful that they will reach the next stage, which is presenting themselves for interview, the remaining two will be applying next year. They have all received individual feedback from each of the activities that they took part in and will spend the time before their real interviews brushing up their skills.

Fiona Kennard, Head of Chemistry and leader of the Aim High in Medicine group organised the medical visitors and the day’s activities. She says ‘I’m very proud of the way these students conducted themselves throughout the day. It was very tiring and challenging but I’m pleased that all the students put 100% into it. We wish them every success for their interviews at university, we know that they are as prepared as they can be’