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


The Dan Eley Spring Benefit Concert

The Dan Eley Spring Benefit Concert

Paralympian Rachel Morris 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.  

Rachel has overcome huge adversity to win two Para Olympic Golds in cycling and rowing. She befriended Dan Eley at Stoke Mandeville in 2010: Her message of spirit and determination inspired him to continue his work with destitute youngsters, despite his paralysis. She gave a heart-warming and motivational speech which praised the hard work our Music students and encouraged them to remain dedicated to their Music studies so that they too can become champions in their field. 
 
The music department at the College is well known for its excellent performances and the concert at the United Church, did not disappoint.  Around 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 and Godalming College Singers, 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 Schindler’s List performed by the Concert Orchestra featuring rousing soloist  Rosie Sutton, a medley of Les Miserables songs performed by the Concert Orchestra,  a lively performance of Don’t Go Breaking My Heart from the Godalming College Singers and an upbeat rendition of St Thomas by the Jazz Band. A level Music student, Lizzie Baumberg led the college’s wind quintet to an extremely professional performance as part of her gold Arts Award leadership project, whilst Frankie Gale and Elizabeth Knatt performed an energetic clarinet duet which got everyone’s toes tapping! Jack Reynolds performed a song he had written himself with Gabriel Ramswell. The final of the first half of the concert was punctuation by a dramatic performance of Michael Jackson’s ‘Earth Song’ by the Godalming College Singers and the Jazz Band which was arranged by Toby Anderson (A level Music student). The performance accompanied an emotional photographic presentation of Dan’s journey from his rehabilitation to supporting young people in Columbia. 

The second half started with an up tempo trio of performances from the Jazz band including Beyond The Sea and Take Five, followed by three beautiful choral pieces which were excellently performed by the Chamber Choir. The second half also saw grand, jaw-dropping solos from Alice White and Eyra Norman. Some audience members mistook these students to be professional musicians due to the talent and maturity they are able to perform with. Alice performed Czardas by Monti on the violin, whilst Eyra sung Pierrot by Debussy and Una Voce Poco Fa by Rossini. The evening ended with an energetic performances of You Can’t Stop the Beat from Hairspray and an Abba Medley performed by the Concert Orchestra. 

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.