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


homegrown

Homegrown

Here at ClassAction we are constantly seeking ways to push all of us forward, exploring our art form and nudging at the boundaries. We take thoughtful risks in the work we select for our practitioners, pushing beyond the often all too regular diet of theatrical offerings in other institutions, and expect students to take thoughtful risks in the way they engage in the process of creating work. We want students to surprise themselves with what they are capable of, and we value being part of that experience, and are being surprised anew as our first year drama practitioners engage with devised theatre work as part of our Season 2 work.  

We facilitate this strong performance work by being critical judges and simultaneous supporters, pushing our training practitioners to be the best versions of themselves as performers that they can be – and then nudging them beyond! Textual stimuli for this work has included work by Martin Crimp, Mike Bartlett and Niklas Radstrom. 

Season 2 reaches its’ half way point with HOMEGROW, ClassAction’s festival of devised theatre, new contemporary pieces of physical theatre created by our first year drama practitioners. Performance work throughout our season, and particularly during this festival brings to life claims about inclusiveness, learning that engages, and valuing the talents of the individual. It is hard to find a subject that has a stronger focus on the quality of the end result: there will be a performance, it must be well researched and professional, and there will be nowhere to hide.

Theatre has the possibility to show us a glimpse of the impossible as something reachable, and HOMEGROWN throws this work into focus. The work performed as part of the festival presents the world in microcosm, showing us that theatre can cause us to question without throwing us into confusion.  

The Festival opened with a dynamic and engaging performance focusing on Brexit and the central character of Brit, as she has to make a binary decision - to jump off Waterloo Bridge, or to remain and give birth to her new child. This piece and all the work that followed over three sold-out nights, interrogated where we are as a country now, and how young people fit into that. Childbirth, crime, the climate, male aggression, gender roles and conformity where all themes thrown into sharp relief through considered, thoughtful pieces of contemporary theatre. 

These were considered thoughtful pieces of contemporary theatre and certainly shows why many of our practitioners are getting offers for training at some of the country’s top drama and dance schools in September.

Our results and the work created testifies to our success, as does the amount of ClassAction practitioners currently sitting on many offers for September 2019 including from; Guildford School Of Acting, East 15, Central, PPA, Trinity Laban, M.A.D.D, Arts Ed, Emil Dale Academy, Peer Productions.