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


David Kinder in the English Department

Head of English wins writing competition

In the last lockdown Head of English, David Kinder, used his time to write a script a week for Chichester Festival Theatre's lockdown project  'Five Day Play'. The brief was published every Monday and submitted a 10 page script by 6pm on the Friday.

David's contribution to week 4, Blue Moon, a play set on the last night of the Conservative Party Conference, won week 4 of the project. The prize was feedback from a professional director and a recording of the play by professional actors. The play, Blue Moon, recorded by Lucy Briers (Forty Years On, Young Checkov) as Anushka and Keir Charles (Quiz) as Simon is available here. Warning: it contains strong language.

David has written since his university days when he studied English and Drama at Exeter.  Here he describes his contribution to the arts,  'We put on a two hander about two soft southerners heading north, all set in a car, at the Exeter Arts Centre. I did a few other bits of writing during my degree but when I left university I became an actor and tried to write more but, aside from one public reading of a play at the Battersea Arts Centre, organised through a friend, never really got anywhere.'

When he started teaching he began to teach lots of plays but never got round to writing any more until in 2015 when he invited Sarah Hehir, winner of a Radio 4 drama competition (and now writing for the Archers!) and Dan Rebellato, another regular Radio 4 dramatist to Godalming College to run a radio workshop. I started something while sitting in on their sessions. The year after, when they came back, I mentioned that I had about 20 pages of a play and Sarah asked to see it. She was encouraging, so I carried on but couldn't get it to the production stage.

'I was nudged into entering the Chichester Festival Theatre's project by my wife' he says, and got into a rhythm of thinking about and writing a play in five days for nine weeks. So, from my first efforts at university to a small amount of public recognition it has only taken 35 years! I am now working on a full length play. We’ll see what happens… I’m not holding my breath!'


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