The first OA Employment Symposium of 2017 brought together leading military friendly employers and industry experts keen to share their insight with those currently in transition, or seeking a further career change since leaving the Armed Forces.
Hosted at York’s Network Rail Training Centre, this year’s event kicked off with a dedicated LinkedIn workshop to demonstrate how the social media platform is now essential for Service leavers in supporting their transition and next career move. This was followed by a senior officers session, which gave advice and guidance to high-ranking transitioning officers on finding suitable civilian management roles.
Colin Tweedie, Networking Consultant, demonstrated how to become a confident face-to-face networker able to start a conversation, understand what questions to ask and how to turn the discussion into a long-term careers opportunity.
Breakout sessions followed where attendees chose from a range of sessions hosted by industry experts, who examined common career paths for Service leavers and included Operations; Project Management; Risk Management; NHS and SMEs.
A group panel discussion on the recruitment process comprised of Sharon Goodall (NHS Digital), Leanne Wood (Network Rail), Tony Ellender (Balfour Beatty), Michael Sanderson (Siemens) and Korinna Sjoholm (Berwick Partners). They shared their top tips on how transitioning officers can improve their chances of successfully applying for a civilian role.
The final plenary presentation focused on ‘Building a Second Career’ and was led by Frank Millar, Chief Operating Officer for the Centre of Process Innovation. Frank gave an inspiring presentation on the positive steps serving and former officers can take to help prepare for a successful civilian career.
Liz Stevens, OA Head of Employment Services, said: “The mix of expertise and insight we’re able to deliver in one day to those attending an OA Employment Symposium means we can support Service leavers to achieve a fulfilling and sustainable career, after leaving the Armed Forces.”