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


IT students out in new york

Technology in New York

On a cold moonlight morning (4am) BTEC IT students and staff set off for Heathrow airport on the trip of a lifetime to NEW YORK (5-9 December).

Travelling with Virgin Atlantic we were all very excited and warmly welcomed at JFK airport .

Our hotel (Hotel Pennsylvania) was brilliantly located close to Madison Square and the Empire State building. Once in our rooms there was a quick turn-around, before half the group headed off on a sight-seeing tour of the local area (Grand Central, Time Square, Empire State building) and the other half of the group, lead by Joe McCarthy-Holland, set off on a train ride to New Jersey to take in the thrills and spills of the New York Jets NFL match against the Indiannopolis Colts.

The weather was cold and cloudy, but undeterred and bright and early the following morning (not a bleary eye in sight!) we set off for a boat cruise to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island followed by a trip to Samsung and ice-skating in Central Park.

In the middle of the week we took the metro to the Museum of Moving Image and took a self-guided tour around the wonders of animation, cinematography and computer graphics = fascinating place and we could have spent longer there, but we all set off back to New York to go to Nintento and the Anime store to explore the wonders of computer gaming.
On the penultimate day we were priviledged to take a ride to the top of the Rockefellar Centre to the ‘Top of the Rock Observatory’. Although the weather was overcast, we took in the amazing view over New York which will be etched our minds forever. A little bit of Christmas shopping was had by all. before a rather subdued bunch headed back to the hotel to transfer to JFK for the journey home.

Back on English soil and with jet-lag about to set in, we all bid each other a fond farewell and headed off home with our heads and phones full of amazing images of a wonderful trip. We each left a little bit of our heart in New York – perhaps we’ll be able to catch up with it on another trip!