How we can help you

At the OA we understand how hard it can be to make the transition from a career in the Armed Forces to a civilian role. To help you achieve your potential we have a wide and varying range of information available to assist you. Grants and Welfare can advise on staying active, perhaps in later life, so such activities may include Volunteering or finding local work.

If you think you may be eligible for help from the OA Grants and Welfare team, please contact us. For additional support and advice on specific subjects, please select from the options below.

The OA's dedicated Employment department helps former Officers throughout their life. Register for careers advice and support including CV writing, interview skills and everything else you need to find the right job for former officers.

How we helped Mrs T build her confidence and continue her career

Divorced Mrs T, the former wife of an Army officer, had been out of work for a number of years as a single parent bringing up two children. When the children were old enough, Mrs T wanted to get back to work. However she lacked self confidence, didn’t know how to get started and lived in a remote part of the country.

The Officers’ Association Benevolence Team works in partnership with outplacement providers Chiumento to provide career support to beneficiaries who are out of work and who are looking to return to employment. After an initial consultation and further sessions with help from her own Consultant, Mrs T was able to apply for jobs with renewed vigour.

"I had spent so many years without a job, I didn't know where to start. There is the practical side of knowing where jobs are advertised, getting your CV up to scratch and practicing interviews. On another level it's about building confidence and letting people know you're good enough. I'm pleased that I've found a satisfying job and my morale has increased considerably now that I am earning decent pay."

Mrs T, ex-wife of former officer

Helpful information

The OA's Grants and Welfare department has partnered with Chiumento which is one of the UK’s leading outplacement providers. Each year they support around 5,000 individuals who are going through career transition. Chiumento has a network of 120 experienced career coaches up and down the country who are able to provide personal support to individuals.