“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

Army Prepares for OA Inter-Services Triathlon Success

In 2017 the Army won all three team awards, both veteran individual awards and the fastest male officer award. The Male Team Captain, Major Edd Charlton-Weedy, spoke to us about competing in the championship. How many triathlons have you competed in? I’ve honestly lost count, but over 15 years of racing I’m confident the number […]

5th July 2018

How the OA Employment Symposium Helped this Former Colonel to Find His Next Career

Nick Channer, a former Colonel in the Royal Regiment of Scotland, networked with confidence after attending an OA career event, leading to his first civilian role. Nick served in the Army for 35 years, leaving in June 2018. He spent the last four years as Chief of Staff for British Forces Germany, responsible for the […]

LinkedIn has 550 Million Members: How Will You Build a New Career If You’re Not One of Them?

Lincoln Coutts is a Social Media Consultant with 17 years of experience. He shares his top tips on using social media in your professional life. Social media is a great way to research career areas you are unfamiliar with and have no contacts in. Twitter is often dismissed as somewhere people shout nonsense, but there […]

4th July 2018

It’s Armed Forces Day this Saturday, but we’re here for officers all year round…

This weekend celebrates the contributions made by the British military, including officers. The OA continues to support the officer community, whether that is helping them to find new careers after leaving the Armed Forces or access welfare support when needed. Richard Sanders is a former Major in the Royal Logistic Corps the OA Employment Team […]

28th June 2018

This Former Officer is Now a Recruitment Expert, Here’s His Advice on Negotiating Your Salary

Simon Treadgold served in the Army for 20 years and is now Head of Recruiting at Capstar, which provides secure travel and lifestyle management services to corporate and private clients, and is run by former Army officers. When negotiating a salary you must manage your expectations. If you successfully apply for a job with a […]

27th June 2018

Officer Champion Prepares for OA Inter-Services Triathlon

Lieutenant Henry Eaton, of 17 Port & Maritime Regiment Royal Logistic Corps, plans to build on his success from last year. What was it like to win the Officers’ Award last year? It felt great to win the Officers’ Award, but it was still second place so of course I would be keen to try […]

26th June 2018

How to Job Hunt Effectively

Lisa Jones, an OA Career Consultant and former Army officer, shared her top career searching tips with BFBS Radio. Time Give yourself time, because it can often take six to eight months to find the right job. If you are a Service leaver, allocate time away from your current role. Create a schedule so you […]

21st June 2018

Veterans to Compete in OA Inter-Services Triathlon

To celebrate 30 years of the championship, special veteran teams will also participate this year. The OA Inter-Services Triathlon sees some of the best athletes from across the Armed Forces push themselves to the limit in individual and team categories. Competitors will swim through 1.5 km of open water, cycle 41 km of tricky terrain […]

20th June 2018

Northern Businesses to Increase Recruitment of Veterans

Businesses across the North of England supported a Veteran Recruitment Roadshow, with over 40 businesses of all sizes from across the region attending to learn more about how they could tap into the veteran talent pool. The event was hosted by Deloitte, The Drive Project and veterans’ charity the Officers’ Association at Virgin Money in […]

18th June 2018

Teaching Under a Hot Tin Roof, by Richard Jones

Richard Jones, a former RAF officer, is travelling around the world with his family. He shares what lessons he has learnt on the way. I scarcely believe it is almost six months since I wrote about leaving my job to travel for a year with my family. I almost feel like a different person now, […]

Five Ways to Kick Start Your Career Transition

Lisa Jones, an OA Career Consultant and former Army officer, shared her top transition tips with BFBS Radio. 1. Timing The time goes faster than you think. One year may sound like a long time but it will fly. Equally if you are in your last two years’ of service, start thinking about the future; […]

5th June 2018

Discover the Right Mind-Set for your Transition Journey at OA Employment Symposium in York

Business Psychologist, Carol Brooks, will share how best to prepare for a successful transition. In her keynote speech at our flagship career event in the North, Carol will discuss the psychological strategies you can adopt for your new career after leaving the Armed Forces. She will focus on the importance of building personal resilience through […]

4th June 2018

Top Ten Tips for Developing an Internal Military Network

An Internal Military Network is a great way to maximise the benefits that veterans can bring to your organisation. If you are thinking about developing your own Internal Military Network, here is what you need to consider. Have a network with clear purpose and vision aligned to your organisation’s brand/vision and ensure activity is linked […]

31st May 2018

From the RAF to the Army and Navy Club

Ashley Stevenson used the OA’s employment services to leave the RAF and pursue a portfolio career. Ashley joined the RAF in 1976, and left in 2013 as an Air Commodore. He had a full active career in the RAF, training to become a Harrier pilot and later becoming a Qualified Weapons Instructor and Harrier display […]

30th May 2018

OA Sponsored Navy Cricket Team has Good Start to Season

The Royal Navy Women’s Cricket Club (RNWCC) was runner-up in its first tournament of the year. The cricket team, sponsored by the OA, recently competed in the Watsonian Cricket Festival, in Edinburgh. The friendly competition was the first outdoor cricket fixture this season for all clubs involved. The weather was unusually fine, and it was […]

24th May 2018

How a Career Consultation Helped Antony

Antony was forced to leave the Royal Marines for health reasons, but an OA career consultation provided the turning point he needed to find new employment. Shortly after joining the Royal Marines, Antony Thompson was deployed to Afghanistan in January 2009. He later served in intelligence roles, and then in 2013 was selected for officer […]

23rd May 2018

OA Sponsors Elite Inter-Services Triathlon

30th Inter-Services Triathlon brings top athletes together to compete for the coveted Team Cup. Organised this year by the Royal Navy Triathlon Association, the Army, Navy and RAF will compete at the annual event, taking place on 25th July 2018. There are individual and team categories, including Male, Female and Veteran. In addition, the Fire, […]

22nd May 2018