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


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Turner prize winner interviewed by students for new A level

Godalming College students, Elaoise Benson Amber Bardell, James Lye and Maisy Jacobs, were invited into the home of Turner prize winning artist, Jeremy Deller at his home in London to interview him for the new History of Art specification to be launched this year across the country.  The theme of the interview was ‘War in Art’ for which his works It is What It Is, The Battle of Orgreave and We’re Here Because We’re Here are particularly poignant.

Elaose Benson explains ‘Jeremy Deller is a conceptual artist; using objects, words, video and performance to create a more observational art form.  He doesn’t use historical works as inspiration, but rather reacts and observes. I found his perception of what art can be, to be broad and liberating, and it was interesting to note how crucial the audience and their differing outlooks are to the message of his work. It was amazing to talk to a leading contemporary artist like this and great to know that our interview will be used by students right across the country, starting with a screening at London’s National Gallery in November. I know that both I and the rest of the students left this experience with even more enthusiasm and interest into Deller’s work as well as being hugely grateful to the life opportunities offered by Godalming College.’

History of Art is a very popular subject at Godalming College with 30 students enrolled on this course starting in September 2017.  Sarah Phillips, Head of History of Art, has been instrumental in saving this popular subject at A level.  A debate at the Courtauld Institute with Sarah and leading academics can be seen here here which shows some of the work that students undertake on their course at Godalming College. An interview by Ruby Clare a recent student of History of Art can also be found here, Ruby will be taking her place at Cambridge this month to study History of Art.

Amber Bardell, one of the students visiting Jeremey Deller received the SPoKE Film Award 2017 earlier this year for her film Cardinal Sin in which she analysed a controversial sculpture by Banksy - more information here