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


Guildford Games Fest

Covid-19 may have forced us all to move online but for our Games Development course at Godalming College the Guildford Games Fest provided some exciting opportunities.

The term was still young when the developers started work on a 'Request to Pitch' supplied by SuperMassive Games of Guildford.  Given the brief of producing a Puzzle Game for the casual gamer market the students produced some extremely exciting and innovative ideas.  Each student was then given the chance to pitch their game idea – a scary experience for some, but hugely rewarding and confidence boosting in other ways.

Our students were also privileged to be invited to the Industry Day for the 2nd Annual Guildford Games Festival.  The event was held over 2 days – 13-14 November.  Last year a group of students attended and really enjoyed the event and so we were looking forward to this year, which inevitably became a virtual!  The festival, as highlighted on BBC News attracted over 2.7 million views.  It provided our students (and many others) with the chance to hear from the people at the very heart of Guildford ‘Hollywood of Games’ industry.  One could hear from the big giants such as EA Games, some smaller independents including Salix Games founded by Jessica Saunders a former Godalming College student.  The festival coincided with our students designing their first game, so came just at the right time for our students to hear from designers, developers, to see newly released games and even (on the Saturday) attend master classes in games design.

Throughout this term the computer games developers here at College have also had the opportunity to take part in UKie Games Jam and GMC Jam 39.  One lucky student has been offered the chance to enter the Into Games Young Journalist 2020.  They have been selected to work alongside a professional to create their own article to be published on the Into Games and Critics’ Club websites.  

Another couple of lucky students are looking forward to 2021 and their chance to have work experience with Guildford Games companies.  The Spring Term looks exciting for all our Games Developers as they plan to enter their games and/or game concepts to the BAFTA Young Gamer of the Year Awards 2021.

All in all a very busy first term and an exciting year ahead.
 

Virtual Tour

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