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


Music Concert

The Dan Eley Foundation Spring Benefit Concert

Olympian Roger Black MBE was the special guest of Dan Eley at the Foundation’s Spring Benefit Concert where Godalming College students performed a fantastic array of musical genres to a packed audience, which also included the Mayors of Waverley and Godalming and representatives of Surrey Youth Focus, the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and Surrey Youth Services.  The evening was compered by Tessa Duncan, an ex-student of Godalming College, who supported the charity throughout her time at College and has spent her gap year volunteering as a teacher and helper at the Founacion for the Education of All in Calli, Columbia with the Foundation’s partner charity FEDUT.

Now working as a television presenter, the British 400 meters champion, fresh from supporting Comic Relief at the Olympic stadium at the weekend, gave speech in full support of all the work that is done by the Dan Eley Foundation and his admiration of Dan who he met for the first time in July 2012 when Dan passed the Olympic torch to him on Godalming High Street. 

“What he has achieved in the four years since then proves that when you have the spirit and determination anything is possible” Roger says and then adds "What is wonderful about this evening is seeing better-off young people, from Godalming College's music department, using their talents to make a difference to less fortunate youngsters in their own back yard”.

The music department at the College is well known for its excellent performances and the concert at the United Church, did not disappoint.  There are over a hundred students who take part in music at the College in a full programme of extra-curricular activities supported by the music department. The Concert Orchestra, Jazz Band, Chamber Choir, Godalming Singers, the String Ensemble and a host of individual performances brought a unique flavour to the evening, with music to meet all tastes.  Some highlights of the first half included the theme music from Downton Abbey, Don’t Stop Believing with a special arrangement by Music technology student Ross Hamer, and Hannah Hay singing Fever accompanied by the College Jazz Band. The final of the first half of the concert was led by Andy Duerden, a songwriter and musician who wrote the song Hey Traveller to raise money to fly Dan back after his accident in Columbia. The poignancy of his words couldn’t be missed throughout a photographic presentation of Dan’s journey from his rehabilitation to supporting young people in Columbia. 

The second half started with a toe tapping trio of performances from the Jazz band followed by two beautiful choral pieces by Lauridsen which were excellently performed by the Chamber Choir and an arrangement by student Tim Feasley of the Super Mario Galaxy 2 Theme which was played by the Concert Orchestra and conducted by A level student Peter Fenech. The Godalming College singers gave an uplifting Don’t Worry Be Happy and Tears in Heaven before the guest soloist, mezza soprano, Hanna Poulsom performed Climb Every Mountain by Rogers and Hammerstein at the request of the Dan Eley Foundation’s Trustee’s.

Dan Eley led the congratulations for a wonderful evening and explained what a triumph it was for young people from Godalming College to give their time and lend their talent to raising money for other young people in Surrey who for whatever reason found themselves in a disadvantaged position. The profits from the concert will be used in conjunction with Waverley Borough Council’s Youth Support Team to provide opportunities and challenges for young people who are not in Employment, Education or Training to be part of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.

Roger Black had touched on the value of the scheme in his speech by saying “Self-belief and confidence so often stems from making a personal commitment to push beyond your limits..... and keep on doing that until you reach undreamt of goals. The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is the perfect vehicle to give young people the opportunities to challenge themselves."

Supported by Dan’s mother Carolyn, Godalming College students have formed a group called the Friends of Dan which was led from its inception by Tessa Duncan.  She handed the leadership role on to Ben Sheppard a current upper sixth student who is being sponsored through sixth form and university by the British Army and will take up his guaranteed place at Sandhurst in due course. The Friends of Dan raise money through events at College and support bigger events in the region such as the annual Dan Eley Quiz in November. Tessa has been a marvellous ambassador for both the College and the Dan Eley Foundation, she has worked tirelessly in support of the charity and was honoured to be chosen to compare the evening, just three days after her return from Columbia.