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


Performing Arts

Drama, Dance and Performing Arts - Summer Season 2019

ClassAction has had another excellent year training young practitioners ready to move beyond college into further training – 22 offers to the country’s top dance and drama schools this year including one for RADA – our second ever! Data released by the Conference of Drama Schools, reveals the ratio of applicants to places offered to the country’s top drama schools is almost double that for Oxford and Cambridge. We are so proud that our ethos of offering a unique performance art programme that aims to create a first class performance preparation-training course that is underpinned by academic rigour and depth of reflection is having this profound effect. ClassAction here at Godalming College has gained a unique reputation as having one of the leading performance arts departments in the country and our alumni are now working in all fields of the industry, and more importantly – they are generously giving their time and their advice as they return to Godalming to network with our current practitioners. This half term we have been pleased to welcome back Lucy Hewitt and Hazel Leishman (currently training at MTA), James Elliott and Caitlyn Cornes (currently at PPA), Jack Sunderland (LAMDA) and Sam Thomas (Mountview) - Sam offered a Vocal Masterclass, which was also attended by new students who will be joining us in September. Of course, we were pleased to welcome back alumni Max Bowden who is currently starring in EastEnders who did a Q&A with our performing arts practitioners about acting for TV and working professionally in the industry.  

PROVOKING, ENTERTAINING, POPULAR AND ECLECTIC: Performance work has run throughout our Summer Season and we have played to consistent ‘full-houses’. We have the busiest summer programme that we have ever had, including a brand new piece of theatre These Brilliant Things, exploring mental health and suicide that toured to our feeder schools, as well as two performances in Studio 816. “What a fantastic piece of theatre my students got to witness. Not only have they been inspired by the creativeness of the devised work but by the sheer natural talent and ability of the performers” (Emma Green – Head of Drama – Broadwater School).

We also welcomed professional theatre to Studio 816, when Tamasha Arts brought their sold out Soho Theatre show direct from London to college. Does My Bomb Look Big In This? was a fierce new play packed with disarming honesty that brilliantly explored  the human condition concealed underneath news headlines and dared to ask the question: "Are we anywhere near closer to multi-cultural harmony, or is it all just a fairy-tale pipe dream?" It was such a pleasure to see our first year drama practitioners sitting with other students from sociology and politics in the audience. Theatre being used as it should be - to explore our place in the world today. 

You Will Be Found for Arts Festival 2019 was a response to our practitioners feeling that the world was very strange right now, very cruel, confusing, absurd, and ClassAction presented this showcase cabaret in the centre of this crazy mixed up world. This is a performance in front of an industry professional who offers feedback and advice on each practitioner and to this we welcomed alumni Sam Thomas direct from his run in The Man of La Mancha at London Coliseum. 

Alongside all of this work, we madly continue our summer tradition of attempting to stage a full-scale production in just under three weeks! There are not many other colleges, let alone arts venues that are producing that scale of work. 

It is important to reflect on the vast numbers of students, families and friends who attend our performances who may not be up on the stage but who are still able to participate fully in the cultural and artistic life of college because of the work of the Drama, Dance and Performing Arts Department.

We finish the year with a bang, with ALL WE EVER WANTED WAS EVERYTHING a brand new play with music. We fell in love with this text after reading it over Easter and have been given special permission from the playwright to stage the amateur premier before its professional London run in the autumn. Three acts, three decades and the end of the world…Meet Leah and Chris; raised on Harry Potter, New Labour and a belief that one day they would be as ‘special’ as their parents promised. But what happens when those dreams don’t become reality? Set across three decades, from 1997’s Cool Britannia to today’s Brexit Britain, and the backdrop of an asteroid heading for Earth, this is multi-award winning gig theatre that mixes original live music from James Frewer with  bold new writing by Luke Barnes.