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


Cadets in the Gardens of 10 Downing Street

The Commandant's Cadet

Lower Sixth student Lisa Baker has been a member of the Cranleigh Squadron of the Air Training Corps for 4 years and has been awarded the Commandant’s Certificate of Merit at a ceremony at St John’s School in Leatherhead.  This national award recognises Lisa as the ‘best cadet’ and was presented by Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty, Commandant of the Royal Air Force Cadets. The ceremony was also attended by Lisa’s family who have a history with the RAF and the Air Cadets and Lisa mentions that her Grandfather, who enjoyed a full career in the RAF, was very proud.

Along with her studies at Godalming College Lisa finds the time to go twice a week to Air Cadets as a Flight Sergeant and takes part in residential camps and flying at the weekends and during the college holidays. She also attends Surrey Band practices and is part of both the National Marching Band and Concert Band which have involved camps at RAF bases in Buckinghamshire and Lincolnshire throughout the year to rehearse.

As a drummer Lisa has been involved in high profile events. She attended the launch of the Prime Ministers initiative to expand cadet units to schools by playing in the gardens of 10 Downing Street with the National Marching Band to an audience of VIPS and members of the cabinet such as the then Defence Secretary, Phillip Hammond and the Home Secretary, Theresa May.

Lisa was also selected to be amongst the congregation of current cadets, veterans and adult volunteers at a church service to mark the 75th Anniversary of the Air Training Corps at the RAF church of St Clement Danes, London.  The Duchess of Cambridge, who has taken over the patronage of the Air Cadets this year from the Duke of Edinburgh attended this celebration followed by a reception at the Royal Courts of Justice.  

Lisa currently studies Chemistry, Biology, Maths and Politics at Godalming and is also involved with the College Orchestra.  At the moment she isn’t sure what her future will hold but the possibility of joining the royal marines as a musician is appealing.

In the photograph Lisa is standing to the left of David Carmeron.