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


teams

New pitches open for play

Wednesday 14th September marked the first fixtures of the season for Godalming College’s Rugby, Football, Netball and Basketball teams and also marked the opening of the new Godalming College Pitches on Ashtead Lane. 

The new pitches are a great asset to the College along with the new netball courts that were completed last September and the terrific indoor facilities that have been enjoyed for a number of years.  

The new Principal of Godalming College, Emma Young, was there to watch her old College teams, Esher, compete against the Godalming College teams.  She says,
‘I have a passion for sport and I am very proud of the opportunities and facilities that students have here at Godalming College to participate in sport.  Watching the students enjoy the fantastic quality of these pitches was a real pleasure.  I am hoping to see many Godalming triumphs on these pitches in the future.’

The 11 acre site once owned by Ladywell Convent has been converted to pitches over the past 12 months and has replaced the pitches on the College site that were continually waterlogged throughout most of the season.  Rugby teams having been playing at the Guildford Rugby training ground and the football teams have been playing at the Recreation Ground in Busbridge.

Godalming College enjoys an excellent reputation for team sport with many links to clubs, for example: elite development support from Guildford Rugby Club and being a community link for their academy side, coaches attending Godalming each week from Fulham Football Club and Surrey Scorchers Basketball Team.  The RFU also support the College on their coach education programme, offering training and volunteering opportunities for students.

Danny Bonney, Head of PE and Sport at the College says ‘we have an outstanding department at College and have many students who are very keen to play team sports but we feel strongly that sport is for all and therefore we offer other recreational and individual sporting opportunities and also fitness classes throughout the week.’

‘The members of the sports department work hard to ensure that quality of provision is there and the pitches, courts and other sporting facilities all help to make the sporting events much more enjoyable for all.  We have been very much looking forward to having these new fantastic rugby and football pitches available for play.’

‘The RFU are convinced that these pitches are of such good quality that they are using them for training courses such as referees training and coaching qualifications.’