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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Surrey Craft Brewery talks business

The Crafty Brewing Co, based in Dunsfold launched a competition for Business Studies Students at Godalming College on 21 February.

To mark the beginning of its expansion plans The Crafty Brewing Co. is working in partnership with Godalming College to provide a live brief and give Business Studies students an opportunity to help them develop their export strategy.  

Students will be invited to listen to a presentation from The Crafty Brewing Company’s founder and Head Brewer Luke Herman and company CEO Andrew McMorran.  The presentation will introduce students to the brewing industry and the challenges that the small local brewery business will face as it reaches beyond Surrey to open up new markets for its award winning craft beers.  Following the presentation Godalming College’s Business Studies BTEC students will be given the opportunity to use The Crafty Brewing Co. as a live case study after which they will be invited to develop their own ideas and strategy to help the business stake its claim in Germany and the United States.

All entries will be judged by a panel including Godalming College’s Head of Business Studies, Anne Lomas and the Crafty Brewing management team and three winners will be announced at the end of the Spring Term.

Prizes will include tickets to London West End theatre shows and concerts at some of the capital’s major music venues along with the opportunity to join The Crafty Brewing Company on a work experience programme or as an apprentice to help implement the successful strategy.

“This is a unique opportunity for students”, said Anne Lomas.  “And we are delighted to be working with The Crafty Brewing Company.  To work with a local business on a real-life business plan presents a very tangible opportunity for the students.  It will give them the chance to devise an export strategy for well-loved local, small business and see it come to life”. Ms Lomas added “Each strategic plan will be judged for its creativity, thoroughness cost benefit analysis and operational rigour.  But sometimes we find that business case studies can feel a little removed from the real world.  This partnership with Luke and Andrew will add real meaning to the project. We would certainly urge other colleges to consider something similar”. 

Commenting on the partnership, Andrew McMorran said “We feel very privileged to be working with Anne and her team at Godalming College.  We owe a great debt of gratitude to this community. Our success to date is down to their support.  We feel strongly that our business and our community should grow together.” 

Head Brewer Luke Herman added “There’s an ancient German Purity Law that states that only four ingredients can be used to make beer – Water, grain, hops and yeast. I think that recipe a misses out the most important one of all.  And that’s people. Making beer is a little like alchemy but we need passionate people to help make the magic happen.  We would be thrilled if, in the future, some of them might come from Godalming College.”