Networks are an effective way to gain insights, connections and confidence in your future plans. Pete Liddle, OA Business Development Manager (North), recently ran a webinar on Building a Military Network, with Alex Nancolas and John Mayo. They run Two Roses, a business networking group in the North of England for former members of the Armed Forces. Here are our five steps to building a Military Network.
A Military Network must have a clear purpose. It must be obvious why it is required and clear what it is not. Two Roses is a business network for serving and retired Service personnel in the North of England, to enhance business contacts, share opportunities and provide peer mentors who have already successfully transitioned. It was founded by Alex Nancolas and John Mayo, two former army officers.
A Military Network should ideally be based somewhere convenient to stakeholders. Two Roses chose Leeds because it has good transport links and employment opportunities. In addition, many former members of the Armed Forces settle in the North of England.
3. Networking for the network
You need to ‘network for the network’ to get people involved. Sharing jobs and opportunities requires knowledge of current trends and industry insight. As a group founder you will have better access to groups that may not be of personal interest, but could benefit the group as a whole.
4. Regular communication
It is vital that members are regularly updated with the latest relevant news to keep them engaged, and the organisation relevant. Two Roses emails members, shares presentations and organises meetings. The OA sends two emails a week to members, plus posts regularly on social media and the corporate website.
5. Approach the OA
The OA can help you create your own Military Network. We can design logos and promote the group on our website, social media and email newsletters. The OA has supported the Alma Network and M3 Network. For support and advice on how to build your own Military Network, email Pete Liddle.
About Pete Liddle
Pete Liddle has supported many former officers to build networking groups across the North of England. These have included internal Military Networks with employers and regional groups, including in Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle.
OA Employment Symposium
Our largest networking event in the North of England is for serving and former officers interested in a new career. It gives you the opportunity to meet Pete Liddle, the OA Career Consultants, employers, industry experts and former officers who have successfully transitioned. The OA Employment Symposium is on Wednesday 28th June 2017, 14:00-20:00, at the Network Rail Training Centre, York. Book your place on the OA Employment Symposium.