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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Isabel Hardman Celebrates Students Receiving Awards

Godalming College was very proud to welcome back alumni Isabel Hardman as the guest speaker for their Let’s Celebrate event on Tuesday evening where awards were presented to 129 students for either their outstanding achievement or for effort and determination on their course, others won memorial prizes or awards for their contribution to the college or wider community.

Isabel Hardman was a student at Godalming College between 2002 and 2004 and has since carved out a successful career as a political journalist, writing for national newspapers, becoming Assistant Editor of the Spectator, Editor of the Coffee House Blog and appearing on political televisions shows such as Andrew Marr, Newsnight, Have I Got News for You and the Radio 4s The Week in Westminster.  She is about to become an author as her book ‘Why We Get the Wrong Politicians’ is published on 6th September, it will be followed by a second book ‘The Natural Heath Service’.

Isabel described her time at Godalming and how the memories of College stand-out for her amongst other things that she has experienced since.  She described her time at College by saying ‘those years are so very dear to me’.  She felt that she learnt to believe in herself and work hard for the things that she felt were important. Isabel went on to provide an insight into her time at university and her first job and how she wholeheartedly embraced everything that was offered, giving advice to today’s students about joining the workforce and how to be successful.

The retiring president of the Student Union at Godalming College, Konstantina Nouka congratulated all the students for getting through two years of College and celebrated the end of what she called ‘an interesting chapter in our lives’.  It was an emotion provoking speech ending with encouragement to dream big and ‘look up to the stars’ as Stephen Hawking had once said. She thanked the students for sharing two unforgettable years and wished everyone a very prosperous future.

The evening itself was very warm as students and parents gathered to enjoy Pimms and canapé whilst being entertained by the Godalming College Jazz Band.  The Performing Arts students performed a dance, ‘Paradiddle’ before guests took their seats for the main event.  Musical interludes included, Will Rowling on Marimba playing ‘Rain Dance by Alice Gomez’ and Toby Anderson on Cello (accompanied by Mrs Anderson on Keyboard) performing The Swan by Saint Saens.

Emma Young, Principal of Godalming College said ‘The Let’s Celebrate event is always a wonderful evening when we share the incredible achievements of our students; some who have a special talent in their subjects, and others who have worked incredibly hard despite obstacles that have come their way.  We have had the pleasure of hearing from one of our past students, Isabel Hardman, who is clearly an inspiration.  We wish all our students leaving us this year a happy and successful future.  We hope that they will look back on their time at Godalming College fondly, and that their experience here provides them with the confidence to progress onto their next step, whether that be employment, higher education or a gap year.’