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


CERN, Physics

Visiting CERN

The annual trip to CERN is run by the Physics Department and grants 20 students the opportunity to develop their understanding of particle physics and potential careers in the subject while also enjoying the delicious food the Swiss are known for. 

Upon landing in Geneva there was no time to dawdle as there was a packed day ahead. A quick stop at the hostel to drop off luggage before a voyage on the water buses. It was an enjoyable ride for all, despite those sitting in the open getting more than they bargained for from the Jet d’Eau fountain’s spray. A visit to the St Pierre Cathedral followed, where we were able to go up all the way to the top of the two towers and observe all of Geneva. From here, we were allowed two hours to explore Geneva but advised to visit the crypts below the cathedral, the Patek Phillipe Museum and the Musee Ariana, an advisory everyone took heed of. The day was capped off with a trip to the famous Edelweiss restaurant for fondue and folk music, with the chance to blow an alpine horn – which many endeavoured.

A quick tram ride led us to the destination of day two: CERN. Here we were taught about the origins of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and while we were unable to visit the LHC itself due it emitting lots of radiation while in use, we were able to visit the Synchro-cyclotron (the first ever particle accelerator) which had been discontinued for 30 years. Some time was also spent in the Microcosm - a small interactive museum of that showcased many of the advancements in particle physics made by CERN including the finding of the Higgs Boson. Following this we were treated to a Q&A from Dr. Kate Shaw who gave us a short talk on her work at CERN before answering the many and varying questions we had on our minds. After departing, everyone headed to the Spaghetti Factory, (which despite its name was not a place to make pasta but an incredible restaurant).

Day three was also spent at CERN but we got the chance to make our own cloud chambers using dry ice. A simple design that allows you to “see” individual particles from naturally occurring radon gas. The particles would leave behind a momentary trail of bubbles visible to the human eye. Afterwards we were encouraged to try and discern which particle left which shape track using our knowledge learned in class. This was followed by a visit to the Red Cross Museum. Here on show were the moving efforts and results the charity had put in and achieved. Protecting thousands of POWs and other oppressed people around the world. 

Sadly, our time in Geneva was up and we headed to the airport but having spoken to many of the other students on the trip, everyone unanimously agrees that the trip was a great success and everyone gained some extra knowledge and insight into a subject we all love and thoroughly recommend.
 
By Dougal Houston