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


Jeremy Hunt praises Godalming College staff

Staff from Godalming College, including the Principal, Emma Young, Assistant Principal, Carol Horlock, Senior Tutor, Jenny Hunter Phillips, and two inspirational students took part in a Zoom discussion with Jeremy Hunt to mark World Mental Health Day.

Also at the meeting were Dr Clare Fuller, a GP and Senior Responsible Officer for Surrey Heartlands, and Professor Tim Kendall, NHS England National Clinical Director for Mental Health. The students, one who is currently studying at Godalming College and one who, having left last year, is studying at Exeter University, bravely described to the group their experiences of the services offered by GPS and CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) and the support that they have received from the College. 

The College Mental Health Action Plan, drawn up by Jenny Hunter Phillips who leads on mental health welfare in the College, includes training peer leaders in mental health, promoting issues through the tutorial programme and a poster campaign through which a student has produced a graphical display of support for each classroom. 

Jenny also discussed the support on offer to all students at the College and other initiatives including a 'wellbeing at home' page provided to all students during lockdown earlier in the year plus the involvement of the College counsellors and the Students' Union who had joined the five-step Hello Yellow challenge as part of the Nationwide campaign in October.

Jenny says 'we are currently working towards a Wellbeing Week in February in which the whole week will be dedicated to providing strategies for keeping well and promoting wellbeing. We, of course, continue to explore all available sources of information surrounding this important issue and ensure that the latest practice is shared with staff.'

Dr Fuller described the initiative as 'the brilliant work that's going on in Godalming [College] bringing together help and education and appropriate care". 

Jeremy Hunt described it as 'Outstanding'.  " What they are doing at Godalming College is fantastic. It sounds absolutely brilliant."

Photo of Jeremy Hunt taken by Godalming Nub News.

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