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


Blairs Brianiacs

Brainiac Blair making studying fun.

Godalming College student Blair Fiander is helping others with their revision and home learning using modern technology such as the social media platforms TikTok, YouTube and Instagram and a Discord Server Channel.  In the November lockdown she started broadcasting live on TikTok, showing how she was revising and organising her studies as a way of motivating herself.

It was immediately popular with her peers all over the country and within a week she was on the Jeremy Vine show talking live on TV with Anne Diamond. She now has more than 267K followers, has been signed up by London talent agent Curtis Brown and has several projects in the pipeline including a documentary.

No one is more surprised than Blair but it has grown so much that she now has ninety co-Brainiacs who are all A grade students either studying A level or at university (some from Godalming College) and they are offering online study via the Blairs Brainiacs Discord Server for anyone from pre GCSE to university.  The concept is that no one has to study alone and that everyone can have company and motivation from others in the group.  

Little did Blair know back in November that we would all be in a third National Lockdown in January and learning would again become remote. Blair and her dedicated Brainiac support has never been more needed even thought they are not sure what exams if any they will be taking this summer.

Godalming College is a great place to study.  My teachers have been fantastic.  I don't see them as much as I would like due to the pandemic but I always feel supported and that I could turn to them at any time.  My days are so busy now and I'm really grateful for my student volunteers, teachers and family, who have helped me on my journey, to help as many students as I can at this challenging time.

To accompany her study sessions, Blair and her Brainiac team are now also offering entertainment and gaming features to the Discord server plus meditation sessions for wellbeing and motivation through movement and dance to get you going in the morning.

Assistant Principal, Carol Horlock says, "what Blair has accomplished is absolutely phenomenal, I can totally understand why Blair's Brainiacs has been so successful, we all need other people! Studying alone can sometimes be tough but having others share how they organise their learning, how they cope with the demands of study and pick themselves up when things aren't very straightforward can be a real inspiration. Blair has tapped into the true nature of young people's desire to succeed and learn. We are delighted that she has captured the imagination of so many students all over the world at a time when it was very much needed.”

Bliars Brianiacs Discord Server

 

On the Jeremy Vine show with Anne Diamond 

BBC News interview 



Virtual Tour

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