How to Go From a Senior Officer to Senior Project Manager

After a successful career with the RAF, Michele Crossman wanted a more flexible approach to work, which she has achieved working for SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business. Family comes first Michele served in the RAF from 1992 to 2016 as a Logistics Officer, leaving as a Group Captain. She was posted across the UK and overseas, with […]

14th September 2018

Six Key Insights About Becoming a Project Manager

Matt Wright and Freddie Milne, former Army captains and FDM Ex-Forces Consultants, share their top transition tips and how FDM can support your career journey. 1. Networking Never network for network’s sake. Always have a purpose. 2. Decide what you want from your new role There are different factors to consider when choosing a role, […]

23rd August 2018

How FDM Group’s Ex-Forces Programme Helps to Bridge the Gap

In this webinar we speak with Matt Wright and Freddie Milne, who are both veterans and FDM Ex-Forces Consultants. They share their transition top tips and how FDM can support your career journey. Watch the webinar

7th August 2018

Want to Work in Finance? Apply for this Opportunity with Citi.

Three Citi employees spoke to us about the Citi Salutes Graduate Programme, and how you can prepare for a successful transition into financial services. Jack Pile, a former Army officer, is currently on the programme, while Lucy Griffiths and Jessica Plant are from Citi’s HR Team, and are responsible for recruiting veterans to the programme. […]

20th August 2018

He Launched His New Career as Head of Information Security

Jake Barker left the Army in January 2018 to work for Redington, an investment consultancy. He shares how he achieved this senior position. What was the highlight of your military career? My highlight was probably a six-month close-combat tour of Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, in support of Special Forces. I went on to be commended for […]

17th August 2018

You’re The Best Person For The Job But Can You Prove it?

Belonging to a professional body can really help build your new career. Stephen Day, a former Army captain and now an Associate Director at WYG a professional services firm, shares how belonging to one can help. Being a member of a professional body helps give you credibility when applying for jobs. They are independent organisations […]

14th August 2018

This Former Royal Navy Officer Became a Published Author in Less Than a Year

Mike Klidjian spoke to the OA about how he became a professional writer and his first novel Bluestreak. Tell us about yourself I joined the Royal Navy in 1999 as a warfare officer. Following basic training I was fast tracked into Fighter Controller training, before eventually becoming Flag Lieutenant to Admiral Boyce. Highlights of my […]

10th August 2018

BT Security is Recruiting Veterans

There are a range of roles available across the cyber security business. Cyber security is increasingly becoming the next career for many Service leavers. The growing industry requires people with a solid understand of security procedures and practice, who can work well under pressure, which are attributes that suit former officers. BT Security is expanding […]

9th August 2018

Why the Best People for the Job Don’t Just Talk About Themselves

Interviews are sometimes daunting and it can be difficult to know exactly what an employer wants. Ben Gledhill, Head of Resourcing at Yodel, shares his thoughts on how to perform well. The key is to remain as calm as possible. You can prepare well for interviews, but if you are not relaxed then all the […]

6th August 2018

These Employers Have Won Gold for Helping Veterans

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has recognised a record number of businesses, charities and public sector bodies which have demonstrated outstanding support for the Armed Forces community. Now in its fifth year, the MOD’s Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Awards are for organisations that have achieved the highest level of support for Service personnel, veterans and […]

3rd August 2018

More GPs to Become ‘Veteran Friendly’

A national scheme, backed by NHS England and the Royal College of GPs, is being rolled out to improve the medical support available to former members of the Armed Forces. The Military Veteran Aware Accreditation is for GP practices offering extra support for ex-military Personnel who may face additional challenges when returning to civilian life. […]

1st August 2018

Half of Military Families Feel ‘Disadvantaged About Family Life’

According to a new Ministry of Defence (MoD) report, which surveyed more than 5,000 spouses and civil partners of regular trained Service Personnel In the UK Tri-Service Families Continuous Attitude Survey 2018, 50% of respondents said their family life was disadvantaged compared to the general public. 57% feel negatively about the amount of separation from […]

31st July 2018

Celebrating 30 Years of Military Inter-Services Triathlon

Elite teams from the Army, Royal Navy and RAF battled through scorching weather to compete in the annual OA Inter-Services Triathlon at Cotswold Water Park yesterday Competitors swam through 1.5 km of open water, cycled 41 km of tricky terrain and finished the course with a 10 km run. The high temperatures provided additional challenges. […]

26th July 2018

A Force for Good: Veteran Support and Recognition

Nigel Hare, OA’s Director of Operations, shares his insight as a former Royal Navy Commander. I was delighted to attend the Cobseo AGM along with many other members of the military charity sector. We were promised a ‘protein rich’ agenda by Sir John McColl, Chairman, and he and his team certainly delivered. Highlights for me […]

23rd July 2018

What Can You Learn from the England Team?

Football may not have come home, but everyone was impressed by England’s performance. Gareth Southgate’s team was young, confident, humble and driven, which could even score penalties! Here is why England was successful, and how you can copy some of its tactics. Adopt the right mind-set When Gareth Southgate was appointed manager he focussed on […]

20th July 2018

Amazon Supports Veteran Recruitment at Our York Event

The international brand was one of a diverse range of employers to speak at the OA Employment Symposium. Gillian Russell, Military Program Manager at Amazon EU and a former Royal Navy Logistics Officer, is passionate about recruiting people with a military background. Like the other employers who attended, Gillian discussed the opportunities available to veterans, […]

19th July 2018

Female Veterans Face Extra Barriers to Civilian Employment

Research from the Barclays AFTER (Armed Forces Transition, Employment & Resettlement) Programme shows that Service leavers often face ignorance and prejudice when job hunting, with women experiencing this to an even greater extent. On average, it takes a veteran four months to find a civilian job, rising to five months for female veterans. Upon further […]

18th July 2018

“You’re not racing for yourself but for your Service”

Commander Toby Clay, Royal Navy Triathlon Chairman, spoke to us ahead of the OA Inter-Services Triathlon. Tell us about yourself I’ve served in the Royal Navy for just over 22 years, and I am a Lynx helicopter pilot by background. I currently work in the Carrier Strike and Aviation Division of the Navy Command Headquarters. […]

16th July 2018

Franchising Offers Good Career Opportunities and Less Risk

Franchising can be an ideal career for veterans wanting to avoid the normal ‘9-5’. Ed Ross, a former Army officer who went into franchising to escape the ‘job hamster wheel’, shared with us his insights on working in this industry. What is franchising? A franchise gives the franchisee (you) to start your business by legally […]

13th July 2018

Here’s Why Our CEO Believes that Veterans are Good for Business

By Lee Holloway, CEO at the OA.  Recruiters have an opportunity to celebrate and benefit from the experience and skills honed during military service every single day of the year. Tapping into the talent pool of military veterans can ensure that Britain’s businesses make full use of the training that has been invested in those […]

9th July 2018