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


law career day

Law Career Day

The Law Department welcomed speakers from the University of Law, Surrey University, Law Firms, ex-students and advisers to look into and consider the different pathways and opportunities to a career in law. The day was open to all students not just those who take Law as an A Level.

Talks such as, the value of legal apprenticeships, which enable a qualifying law degree to be achieved as well as invaluable legal experience, what is the reality of studying law at university - what it is like to be a law student, how to write effective personal statements for a law course, a taster session on medical law and ethics, working in house,  what to look for and consider when applying to law firms and beyond your law degree - gaining legal experience and making the most of opportunities.
 
Sarah Hawen - Head of Law at Godalming College said "the event was a great success and we are very thankful to all those who took part and the students who attended. From this event students will now be able to plan and reflect on where they are now in their studies and what direction they could take and to think beyond University towards the reality of getting into the legal profession and how its is more accessible now with the increase of law firms offering a range of different law Apprenticeship routes and the value of a law degree and the routes into the differing professions". 
 
Lucy Curry who is currently in her second year of a Law apprenticeship with West Sussex Council advised "its not an easy option to take on a law apprenticeship, as you need to plan your studies with working full time, I had really good A Levels and considered university, but am so glad I took this route  as I won't be in debt and will be at the same level of qualification as those whom did go to University and within the same time scale". 
 
Jack Horlock - an ex- Godalming College law student and is a trainee solicitor at Weightmans' gave a very engaging talk on what he did in his A Levels to where he is now and said to students "I wish an event and day such as today had been available when I was taking my A Levels, I would have gained a lot of helpful and relevant advice as you have today".