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


Students at a workshop in CERN

Visiting the home of the world's largest physics experiment

After weeks of excited anticipation, 20 U6 Physics students entered Gatwick bound for Geneva, looking forward to the main event of visiting CERN, home of the world’s largest physics experiment the Large Hadron Collider (LHC)…  

After landing and a spot of sightseeing we were all treated to an excellent tour of the Geneva office of the United Nations. Highlighting how the UN works the students got to sit in the seats where many of the world’s treaties are thrashed out.  One of the most “memorable” parts of the trip was our evening meal in the cellar of the Edelweiss hotel, a full fondue meal whilst being serenaded by a Swiss folk band and Karaoke alpine horn playing. 

We spent the whole of Wednesday in the CERN complex visiting the first accelerator to be built on the site: the Synchro-cyclotron and an amazing underground visit to see the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) detector up close. We saw first-hand the staggering scale and complexity of the experiments being carried out. At over 20m long and more than 15m high, buried 100m underground we were able to watch as engineers worked on the heart of the detector which acts like a giant digital camera capable of taking 40 million ‘images’ per second. After lunch we enjoyed a VIP Q&A session with Pippa Wells (ATLAS Detector Project Leader) who answered the many questions our students had about the Physics of CERN and careers in top level research. 

Our final day started back at CERN for a workshop where our students created their own particle detectors.  The “cloud chambers” allowed the students to see cosmic rays and background alpha radiation emitted from naturally occurring Radon gas. This practical experience demonstrating the basis of all particle detectors was not to be missed.

The final stop before heading home was the Patek Phillipe Museum tour where the students attentively watched clockwork automata of unbelievable complexity.
Sitting in the Departures lounge of Geneva airport there was unanimous agreement that it had plainly been an enjoyable packed 3 days.
 

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Godalming College is a great place to study. We achieve exceptional exam results, we have first class modern facilities.