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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Greening Godalming College in Action!

In 2019 alone there were over 6,873 natural disasters around the globe which claimed 1.35 million lives in just this past year, and scientists are linking the majority of them to Climate Change. Facts like these can make anyone feel hopeless, including some of the students at Godalming College. Luckily, we are some of those students. 

We are a part of Greening Godalming, a community of students from Godalming College trying to tackle the climate crisis in any way that we can. In the past six weeks we have gathered a team of students that meet every Friday to try and think of ways we can help encourage our local College community to go GREENER! 

Here are some of the ways we have and you can too! :
1. Meat Free Mondays. 15-25% of all greenhouse gas emissions comes from the Animal agricultural sector, which is more than the ENTIRE transport sector combined! In our main canteen on Mondays, we have turned our canteen options vegetarian friendly. This helps us reduce our Greenhouse gas emissions.

2. Teracycle. We have teamed up with Teracycle. A non-profit organization that recycles old pens, crisp packets and other miscellaneous items that you couldn’t recycle at your usual recycling centre. We have set up boxes all around college that collect all of our students old pens and empty crisp packets, this has been a massive success as all of our 6 boxes collecting crisps have been filled to the top! Hundreds of pens have also been collected and will now be recycled.

3. Ecosia web browser. Using the student bulletin we have encouraged the students at Godalming to switch to the web browser Ecosia which plants a tree with every 45 web searches every person makes!

So what can you do to help us? We have many other ideas including creating a garden here in college to encourage pollinators and work towards a more carbon neutral environment. To help us to achieve this, we are asking for donations of any unwanted gardening tools, young plants or help to create and maintain this green space. Any donations would be very much appreciated!