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


playing football with children in tanzania

Students rise to the challenge on trip to Tanzania

In the summer 2017 a group of intrepid students (and a teacher) took part in the Godalming College 4 week expedition to Tanzania with True Adventure. The trip included scuba diving in Zanzibar with students obtaining their PADI Open Water certification. A safari and a 3 day trek in the Uluguru mountains, passing through several remote villages and beautiful waterfalls!

Two weeks were spent doing project work at two different schools. Students were involved in rebuilding part of a building that had fallen into disrepair. With the help of a local “fundi” (Swahili for handyman) they rebuilt a large part of an external wall using locally sourced rocks, helpfully gathered by the school children, and re-floored another classroom. This work ensured that the remote village school now had the full use of an extra two classrooms.

Outside of the building work the school children were very eager to play, practice their English or simply watch what their new guests were doing. They proved to be experts in getting campfires started, despite the best efforts of all the team a 7 year old girl showed us how to get a fire started in seconds! The work was the start of what will prove to be a several years of effort to get the school running to the standard the village elder wants. Godalming College will be running another expedition to Tanzania with True Adventure as well as one to India in 2018. 

Matt Toogood, who coordinates the expeditions says ‘The College’s yearly expeditions to destinations around the world give students the opportunity to discover different cultures and landscapes whilst helping the local community through meaningful project work which has long-lasting benefits. The students work together to plan their expeditions, gaining valuable skills they can take on to university and the world of work.  It can be challenging at times but students grow in confidence and learn how to tackle things that they have never come across before.’