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


Lille, France

A week of work experience for students of French

When in Rome, do as the Romans do. When in France, ask nicely for un chocolat chaud et un croissant, s’il vous plait. 
 
After having been promised by my lovely host mother that I would not have to eat snails during my stay, I settled down for a weeks of total immersion of the French language and French way of life. I was always made to feel very welcome both at home and at the school (école primaire) in the village just outside of Armentières where I was placed.

The kids, of course, were excited about the visitor. The fact that I spoke English just made me more interesting. I was asked to play at break and translate various phrases; anything from ‘vingt euros’ to ‘a million stars in the sky’, the latter of which was printed on a child’s T-shirt.

I also brought out my teaching props eg. biscuit/bribes to help with the weekly English lesson and a printed-out PowerPoint of the twelve days of Christmas (I made them sing as well).

For those in the group who didn’t fancy spending a week with children found placements in restaurants, a flower shop and a brewery. Everyone seemed happy with their placements when we met up on Wednesday to spend the day in Lille.
 
When we first saw each other in the morning, we had been so immersed in French that our first response was ‘bonjour’ instead of ‘hello’ and ‘d’accord’ had replaced ‘okay’.

Once we had remembered how to speak English again, we went to a café before being unleashed on the town. There were the Christmas markets and the year-round high street shops (which had a thing - moose, bears and stuffed animals in general). If shopping wasn’t your thing, beautiful architecture, the birthplace of Charles de Gaulle (a 20 minute walk from la Grande Place) and, according to someone else in the group, a small natural history museum (I don’t know where). We also saw someone dressed as Pikachu, and a pizzeria named after the book we were beginning to study.

In the evening, before heading back for crêpes in Armentières, we all had a drink and went on the 50 metre Ferris wheel (Françoise loved it).From the top, we could see the entire town, lit up under the winter night sky.

After Lille, we spent another two days with our host families – I was taught how to make quiche Lorraine, beat the host kid’s scores on just dance and watched Top Gear and Jurassic Park dubbed into French.

All in all, it was amazing. I actually didn’t want to come home to A levels again. As someone who hopes to study abroad for a year, the experience was invaluable, because it is so far removed from anything I have ever been able to do.
It’s different from going on holiday with your family; you live as part of another lifestyle for a week. The culture draws differences and parallels with that of Britain, and that’s half of what makes it so interesting; the other is the people themselves, ready to welcome you into it.