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


Celebrating success

A Night of Celebration at Godalming College

Let's Celebrate 2016 Award Winners

The largest ever turnout for an awards evening met retiring Principal, David Adelman when he made his last speech to students and parents about his time at Godalming College and his hopes for the students leaving College this year. He shook hands with every student as they came to the stage to receive their award either for Effort and Determination or for Outstanding Achievement in their subject or for their contribution to the College or wider community at the Let’s Celebrate event on Tuesday evening.

There are a few students who stand out because they have gone above and beyond what is required at College. Ryan Kirby, who has been studying the BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport won the Sports Volunteer Award for his significant contribution to working with local schools and building access to after school sports clubs. He has completed over 150 hours of volunteering this year with excellent feedback from the local primary schools, which supports the evidence of his passion to make sure children have access to positive experiences in sport. His teacher adds ‘he has acted as a mentor to his peers and has demonstrated the highest dedication and skill, this passion and commitment will assist him in becoming an excellent primary school teacher’.

Catriona Eldridge who has taken part in many high profile debates whilst at College won the award for Overall Outstanding Performance and Contributions to the Debating Group. The leader of the debating group says ‘Catriona is a superb debater with such outstanding skill in forensic argument that she can wrong foot even adult judges. If I was on trial for my life I would like her to be my barrister!’

Zoe Porter was presented with the Anstice Fearon Memorial Prize for Outstanding Contribution to the Life of the College through Involvement in Extra-Curricular Activities and the Overall Contribution to Promoting Equality and Diversity. She has given up much of her spare time over the two years working with both students and senior staff to ensure that there is a platform for student voice and that this democratic process is active. As a leading member of the Equality and Diversity Group, LGBT group and the Students Union she has shown great maturity, boundless enthusiasm and total commitment. As an upper sixth politics student she has also been involved in debate in the mock EU referendum as part of the Shaping Futures Programme for lower sixth students.

Brenda Jenner, Chair of the Corporation and George Chantry retiring President of the Student Union both gave speeches relevant to the occasion. Brenda provided the audience with a little more information about David and his achievements whilst also congratulating the students present for working so hard to achieve their goals. George who until the day before the Let’s Celebrate evening was still taking exams for one of his five A level subjects will be looking forward to taking his place at Oxford later this year to study Politics, Philosophy and Economics.

George has been instrumental in not only running the Student Union but also jointly leading the Secular Society at College, which promotes free speech and honest debate and has been an important member of the Jazz Band. The Let’s Celebrate evening also happen to coincide with his 18th Birthday.

Brenda says of the evening, ‘This evening at Godalming College is always a celebration of the achievements of our students. We are very proud of the many and varied achievements of all our students. We also should celebrate the contributions and dedication of our staff who ensure that our students achieve to the maximum of their ability’.

Students and family members at the ceremony enjoyed drinks and canapé and were entertained by the College Jazz Band before the ceremony. Visitors mingled in the new English and Modern Foreign Languages Centre and in the Sports Centre and enjoyed one off performances from the Performing Arts students.

A musical interlude during the prize giving ceremony involved talented musician, Peter Fenech who played Sarabande from Suite No.3 for Cello by Bach. Peter also won the Contribution to Music prize for his work directing the string ensemble this year and his professionalism when conducting the Concert Orchestra.

The final speech was from David Adelman, Principal who wished the students the very best for their life after Godalming College and thanked them, their teachers and support staff for their dedication and commitment, their hard work and togetherness.

He closed by adding ‘I have had fifteen great years leading this great College. I have acquired a few more grey hairs since I started here – but it has been a pleasure and a privilege to be Principal at Godalming. I have thoroughly enjoyed myself’.