You Have the Leadership Skills Business Needs

Joff Sharpe, a former Army officer and Chief Operating Officer at British Land, shares his thoughts on how former officers bring value to civilian organisations. Service personnel typically have leadership qualities that are in short supply in the commercial world. Commissioned officers, in particular, go through a year or more of structured leadership training before […]

18th January 2019

What Does Your Ideal Job Look Like?

John Lees, a leading career strategist and author of several career advice books, including ‘How To Get A Job You Love’, shares his career top tips. You need to identify what your ideal job looks like, and the steps required to achieve this. For example, what skills do you want to use, and do you […]

16th January 2019

The Three Steps to Your Career Success

Start 2019 by taking a smarter approach to your transition. We support thousands of officers in their move to civilian careers by providing careers advice, connecting them with job opportunities, employers and a network of industry experts. To help make your transition easier, we have produced a guide that encourages you to think about your […]

4th January 2019

How Do You Become a Non-Executive Director?

Jo Haigh is the CEO of FDS, a boutique corporate finance business, and is a highly experienced Non-Executive Director (NED). She outlines how to go from the frontline to the boardroom. A NED is not there to run the company, because they have no operational role. In fact, a poor NED interferes with the day […]

13th December 2018

We Are Not Damaged Says Minister and Veteran

Minister for Defence People and Veterans Tobias Ellwood MP says we must challenge false perceptions of veterans. Tobias Ellwood, a former Army officer, said: “That is a real challenge that we have, because too many people out there think because we served we are damaged.” The Minister made his comments at the Officers’ Association Careers […]

11th December 2018

Have You Considered Working for a Charity?

Meri Mayhew is the Charity Adviser to the Veterans Strategy. A former RAF officer, she is speaking at the Officers’ Careers Forum about working in the not-for-profit sector. Why should serving and former officers consider working in the not-for-profit sector? There are a wide range of opportunities available that are ideal for Service leavers, in […]

6th December 2018

New Data Dispels ‘Negative Stereotype’ About Veterans

A major new study released today by the Veterans Work consortium, reveals that military service is likely to improve your chances of finding employment. The study found that, contrary to what many believe, veteran employment rates at 81% are far higher than the national average of 75.5%. The report, titled ‘Veterans Work: Moving On’, surveyed […]

28th November 2018

“Life is Much Better Through the Help and Support of the OA”

Sharon served her country and always cared for people. When she died, her husband was left to raise their young son. This is his story. Wayne met Sharon in 1998 at the hospital where they both worked and were engaged within three months. Wayne, aged 49 and living in Aldershot, Hampshire, described Sharon as “extremely […]

20th November 2018

What is the business value of your military leadership experience?

Will Hogg, a former Army Officer and founder of Kinetic Consulting, which helps businesses to improve performance, shares his insight into why more employers value veteran talent. Your military leadership experience is of critical value in the commercial sector, because you are trained to lead people in the most extreme situations to achieve complex objectives. […]

14th November 2018

Highways England is Recruiting Former Officers

David Picton, Interim Executive Director for Commercial and Procurement at Highways England, outlines the opportunities available. Why is Highways England recruiting Service leavers? Highways England is growing because the country is undergoing its biggest ever investment in its roads. This investment delivery is in its first phase, running from 2015-2020, and will be followed by […]

12th November 2018

“Don’t undervalue your Service skills”

Richard Graybrook is a former Army officer who has gone on to have a successful career in management consultancy. Here are his top transition tips. 1. Don’t put off leaving just because you don’t know what lies ahead My tip for anyone looking to begin his or her transition phase is don’t be put off […]

8th November 2018

“The poppy is a focus for the nation on one of the darkest periods in our history”

Ahead of the Armistice centenary this Sunday, OA colleagues who have previously served in the Armed Forces share what Remembrance Day means to them. Nigel Hare Nigel is a former Royal Navy Commander and now Operations Director at the OA “The poppy is a focus for the nation on one of the darkest periods in […]

7th November 2018

How do You Get a New Job You Love?

John Lees, a leading career strategist, will deliver a keynote talk at the OA Officers’ Careers Forum in December. He has written several career advice books and thought leadership pieces for The Times and The Guardian. His latest book, ‘How To Get A Job You Love’, was a WHSmith Business Book of the Month. John […]

6th November 2018

“Without doubt, networking is vital for a successful transition”

David Picton shares his career journey from RAF officer to Interim Executive Director for Commercial and Procurement at Highways England. Can you give me an overview of your military career? I served as an RAF officer for 20 years – starting out with sponsorship through my A-levels and degree (as a university cadet), before joining […]

2nd November 2018

Congratulations! They’ve Offered You the Job but Should You Say Yes?

Receiving a job offer means all your hard work has paid off and you have survived the toughest part of the job search – but now you must decide if this is the right job for you. Here are four things you could consider before accepting an offer: The organisation’s culture and its people Salary […]

22nd October 2018

Don’t Miss Out on This Year’s OA Officers’ Careers Forum

Gain better knowledge, more contacts and the confidence you need to pursue your new civilian career. At the OA Officers’ Careers Forum you will discover some of the opportunities available to transitioning and former officers, and be able to connect with industry experts. We can help you better understand how to successfully apply for civilian […]

16th October 2018

How Do You Use Social Media to Network?

Louise Chaplin is a Partner and Head of Board Practice at Eton Bridge Partners, which specialises in executive search and interim management. A former Army officer, Louise outlines the crucial role social media plays in the job market. Social media is essential for building a new career after leaving the Armed Forces. By using social […]

15th October 2018

It’s Cyber Security Month: Here’s How You Can Start Working in this Industry

October is European Cyber Security Month, which is the perfect opportunity to promote why it can be the ideal industry for veterans. Cyber security is an exciting and growing field. Serving and former officers have many skills and experiences the industry needs, including adaptability, leadership, resilience and teamwork. The OA has been helping organisations to […]

5th October 2018

BT Receives OA Employer Recognition Award

BT has been presented with the 2018 Officers’ Association (OA) Employer Recognition Award, which recognises BT’s commitment to providing veterans with sustainable employment opportunities, for example, with BT Security, and employability support through its Transition Force programme. The OA Employer Recognition Award is given to an employer who recognises and utilises the transferable skills and […]

You have Project Management Skills but what about the Qualifications?

Dean Taylor is the Managing Director of IMD Group, a business and management consultancy. He discusses the value of project management training. All career paths involve training, so it is important to choose courses that will enable you to achieve your professional goals after leaving the Services. If you want to work in project management, […]

3rd October 2018