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  • Why you should consider being coached into a second career

    Matt Driver and Phil Hayes, Coaches at Management Futures, explain how coaching can prepare you for your working life after leaving the Armed Forces. Coaching is vital to a successful transition. ...

    16th May 2018
  • How do you network effectively?

    Neil Williams, a former Royal Marines officer and now CEO of recruitment agency Crucial Group Ltd, shares his networking top tips. When I decided to leave the Royal Marines I had ...

    10th May 2018
  • The Challenges of Buying a Business

    Sometimes it makes sense to purchase an existing company rather than starting your own. Simon Watson, a former RAF Wing Commander who runs ET Cleaning Services and Swift Cleaners, discussed his ...

    8th May 2018
  • Three Steps for a Smoother Transition into a Civilian Career

    There are many ways to get job ready when you leave the Armed Forces, but here are three effective approaches that worked for these former officers. Book an OA career consultation

    3rd May 2018
  • Why is Cyber Security a Good Career Option for Veterans?

    Nick Hartley, a former RAF Group Captain now working in business development for BT Security, explains why cyber security is a good industry for veterans. Cyber security is a broad and ...

    18th April 2018
  • What Does a Good Employer Look Like?

    You spend much of your time at work, so it is important you have a supportive and engaging employer.  In a recent webinar, Pete Liddle, OA Business Development Manager, spoke to Michelle ...

    12th April 2018
  • What Recruiters Want from a CV

    HR managers and recruiters are the gatekeepers in the job application process. Your CV will determine if they shortlist you. Clive Lowe, OA Career Consultant, regularly attends career events for veterans, ...

    9th April 2018
  • What Does Being an NHS Non-Executive Director Involve?

    Former officers make ideal NHS Non-Executive Directors, because both require excellent operational skills and a strong sense of social responsibility. In an OA webinar, Pete Liddle, OA Business Development Manager, discussed ...

    4th April 2018
  • What does a career in HR involve?

    Fiona Jackson, OA Career Consultant, shares her insights into working in HR There are many misunderstandings about the purpose of HR. Many Service leavers may have worked in different aspects of ...

    28th March 2018
  • What is the Value of a Work Placement?

    Lisa Jones, OA Career Consultant, explains why work placements are good for veterans and employers. Benefits to veterans Work placements will develop your skills and give you vital experience, improving your ...

    22nd March 2018
  • ‘My work now is more independent,’ by Nick Hartley

    Nick Hartley was a senior officer in the RAF and now works in cyber security for BT. We asked Nick to share his transition story…   Tell me about your military career I ...

    21st March 2018
  • “It’s exciting to start a new business,” Neil Williams’s Story

    The former Royal Marines officer shares his transition journey. Neil Williams joined the Royal Marines in 2009, serving for eight years. In that time he completed a tour of Afghanistan, was ...

    16th March 2018
  • ‘Reset and Make Changes,’ by Paul Coverdale

    The former Royal Navy officer shares his transition story to becoming a freelance Sustainability Consultant. Tell me about your military career I joined the Royal Navy as a warfare officer straight ...

    7th March 2018
  • What is it like to work for a charity?

    In a recent webinar, Simon Allen, OA Chief Operations Officer, shared his experiences of working in the charity sector. Overview of the sector (Figures from the Charities Commission, covers England and ...

    28th February 2018
  • How Jaguar Land Rover Supports Veterans

    Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has a long history of supporting the British Military, and is committed to helping ex-Service personnel transition into successful civilian careers. The car manufacturer signed the British ...

    22nd February 2018
  • What is the KPMG Military Internship Programme?

    Sid Welham and Lesley Gold explain how the KPMG Military Internship Programme works for veterans. Why does KPMG have a Military Internship Programme? Four years ago, Sid saw that KPMG could benefit ...

    20th February 2018
  • “It’s been a real adventure,” by Vix Anderton

    Vix Anderton, a former RAF Intelligence Officer, shares her transition story. Vix joined the RAF in 2005, having been in the Officer Training Corps at Manchester University, where she studied Economics ...

    14th February 2018
  • How to research for a successful transition, by Lisa Jones

    Lisa Jones is a Career Consultant at the OA. She shares her top tips on researching to find the right career after leaving the Armed Forces. Start Early The earlier you ...

    8th February 2018
  • What You Need to Know About Starting Salaries

    Getting the right salary for your next civilian job  role can be difficult, but there are practical steps you can take. Nick Everard, a former Army officer and Managing Director of ...

    7th February 2018
  • Why Networking Matters, by Karen Munro

    Karen Munro, a Careers Coach and Trainer, shares her insights on networking. I see clients all the time who say they feel so despondent when they are searching for work and how ...

    31st January 2018
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