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


students in New York

History of Art in New York by Emma Harvey

I visited New York with college during the February Half term and I already have a longing to be back there. My experience was one I will never forget. The day we arrived was exciting as we took our first architectural walk to see in real- life some of the buildings we had learnt about in lessons. Buildings included the beautiful Art Deco Chrysler building, Grand Central Station, Trump Towers, St Patrick’s Cathedral and more. Admittedly, the cold weather took time to get used to but lots of hot chocolate and warm pancakes helped with that!

On the second day we ventured through the famous Central Park, en route to the Met Museum, where we saw iconic cinematic shots. Within the Met was a vast collection of art particularly from the 19th and 20th century, we saw the likes of Monet, Matisse and my favourite Van Gogh. We also visited the Frick museum which held some of the greats such as Vermeer and Anthony Van Dyck. I think one of my highlights was the next day as we travelled by subway to Greenwich Village where we saw the Friend’s apartment, visited the newly built Whitney Gallery which held lots of fantastic contemporary art and walked along the Skyline Walk. Our day ended with a boat tour all around the islands of New York and finished off in The Starlight Diner with some unforgettable entertainment!

Our Last full day consisted of going up the Empire State Building and visiting the 911 memorial. That day we had some free time so we made our way to famous shopping sites which included getting lost in Macy’s. My overall highlight of the trip was our visit to the MOMA, the gallery holds the largest collection of art from the 20th century and included many works we had studied in class. We saw Picasso’s famous ‘Les Demoisselles D’Avignon’, work from Gustav Klimt and Frida Kahlo were some of my favourites but seeing Van Gogh’s Starry Night in real form took my breath away, it was so beautiful! After I had been in the gift shop for a few hours we headed back to the hotel to pack our bags and eat one last round of some yummy New York food. I’m so happy I got the chance to visit New York in all its glory!