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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Cabaret

Kander and Ebb’s musical 'Cabaret' has to be one of the greatest musicals of all time. Not only does it have some stunning songs and fascinating characters, it has a compelling and highly political story-line with a message from history that cannot be ignored. Set in the decadent Berlin of the early 1930's during the uninhibited era of the Weimar Republic, it sets the rise of the Nazis against the apathy of the masses, and describes a wind of change that would have terrifying consequences for all. 

ClassAction’s production showed explicitly how late Weimar decadence became the soil in which Nazism flourished. Everything about this production reinforced the political message. The multi-leveled set and staging demolished the distinction between the Kit Kat Club and the world outside. The lighting evoked a Berlin swathed in crepuscular gloom, enveloped occasionally with a threatening and foreboding red. And the choreography suggests a society dancing on the edge of an abyss. 

Cabaret is a deeply political musical, and ClassAction gave it a deeply political and very moving revival at Studio 816 at Godalming College in a sold out run.

“We use our art-form to question the world, and our place within it, and in these crazy times there is a lot of questioning to be done!” Andrew Pullen. Head of Drama “If you take another’s narrative, you have a chance to understand a truth. Fiction is the lie that tells the truth – we all have an obligation to imagine. Individuals make the future and they do it by imagining that things can be different”

ClassAction’s production led a smiling audience into a world of horror. When you catch sight of the first swastika it creates a real chill, and it becomes very clear that the party in Berlin is soon to be over.  

Our main college productions offer the whole college community a chance to take part in high quality performance work, and offers a rich and varied artistic programme of work for audiences in STUDIO 816. It also offers our audiences the chance to see our young practitioners at the start of their creative journeys whilst they are still training.  

ClassAction is the student-based company at Godalming College. ClassAction aims to produce work that is provoking, entertaining, popular, eclectic, messy, contradictory and diverse. We want to be at the heart of our community here in Godalming as well taking our work out to the wider community. “Made In Godalming”. We want to celebrate the creative power of collaboration as we encourage the next generation of theatre makers to be bold, be rebellious and to make good art – because it matters.