Commercial awareness: what is it, why do I need it and how can I demonstrate it to an employer?

James Clark, a former Army Captain and Commercial Lead at Portakabin Limited, shares why commercial awareness is crucial in a civilian career, and why Service leavers have more of it then they might realise. Commercial awareness is about understanding the customer journey and is critical in anything you do. If you are aware of what […]

5th December 2018

Did you leave the Forces after the age of 50? We want to hear from you

We are researching the experiences of those who left the Armed Forces at age 50 +, to understand the employment barriers they face. Of the thousands of people who leave the Armed Forces every year around 1,000 of them are aged 50+. Many of those who leave aged 50 or over have reported difficulties deciding […]

22nd November 2018

The First World War ended one hundred years ago, yet for many officers the challenges continued

On the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, we want to recognise both the sacrifice of those officers who died, as well as the struggles faced by officers on returning home to a changed world. Of those who survived the hardships of war, many were left without jobs or access to the financial support available to […]

9th November 2018

How did you decide on your career after the military? We need to know more…

Knowing where in the UK employers are recruiting and where veterans are living will be a key highlight of a study now underway to provide a comprehensive understanding of the employment landscape for Service leavers. We are asking Service leavers to contribute their views and experiences to help build a data map on which the […]

1st October 2018

Network and recognise your commercial value to secure your future outside of the military

Just two of the key insights former England rugby star and RAF officer Rory Underwood MBE highlighted during his talk to a packed audience of serving and former officers in Bristol this week. Having left the RAF 18 years ago, Rory has faced the challenge of working out what he was going to do next […]

24th September 2018

Being a Former Officer Helped Sophie Win Bake Off

Sophie Faldo won the Great British Bake Off last year. As well as a baking champion, she is also a former Army Captain. Sophie spoke to the OA about her career and cakes. Why did you leave the Army? I left for a multitude of reasons: it was a good time and I had achieved […]

18th September 2018

Rory Underwood to Inspire Veteran Success, M-Shed, Bristol. 6.30 – 9.30 pm

The OA is delighted to welcome Rory Underwood to meet fellow officers and their spouses as he shares with us the secrets of his success, on and off the pitch. This evening’s event, run by the Officers’ Association (OA), will see Rory offer practical advice on how to fulfil potential and achieve professional goals. Service […]

17th September 2018

International Day of Charity is the perfect opportunity to talk about our work

We know that making the decision to leave the Armed Forces is just the start of your journey, so we provide support each step of the way from employment services to welfare and grants. We understand that making the decision to leave the Armed Forces is just the start of a transition journey but it’s […]

5th September 2018

Eight Officers Who Are Also Sports Legends

The British military has long had a connection with sports, helping to spread many around the world, such as cricket, football, tennis and hockey. Even today sport plays a big part in the UK Armed Forces, with Inter-Service competitions and the Invictus Games. It is therefore unsurprising that many of the nation’s sports legends have […]

30th August 2018