Researching online for the right role

James Vangucci, Recruitment Manager for Tesco Technology, gives his top tips to help you find the right role… There are so many online platforms that claim to be the best place for job hunters, so it can be overwhelming, but there are a few key places to start.   Where to start?First of all, LinkedIn. […]

18th July 2019

The perfect job search preparation for officers

Did you know that as a commissioned officer you are eligible for free careers consultations with one of our expert advisers at any point in your career? These confidential sessions are tailored to your needs and can include any of the following: CV review advice on networking with employers salary expectations (geographical and sector) tips […]

14th June 2019

Officers have the skills to succeed at Highways England

Highways England will be running an Insight Day for military officers on 17th June. We catch up with Natalie Jones, Talent Specialist at Highways England, to find out why this is such a great opportunity for those looking for their next career after the Services. Natalie, this is the second Insight Day Highways England are […]

11th June 2019

How Veterans Can Become Consultants

Rob Whittle, founder of the niche management consultancy JPTS ltd and an Infantry Officer, shares his thoughts. Consultancy in its purest form is helping a person or organisation with solving a problem. If you like learning quickly, working with different people, taking the lead and implementing change, then you should consider becoming a consultant. I […]

14th May 2019

What is the commercial value of being creative?

Increasingly businesses want creative thinkers but what does this mean for former officers? June MacMahon, Principal of Forces Media Academy (FMA), shares her insight on this topic. You may not consider yourself creative, but in reality many Service leavers are perfect for roles in Media. FMA started in 2017, offering veterans an intensive full-time course […]

16th April 2019

How is work changing and how do you prepare for this?

Will Hogg is a former Army officer and founder of Kinetic Consulting, which helps businesses to improve performance. He shares his views on how to adapt as the world of work evolves. The employment landscape, like the rest of the world, is becoming increasingly VUCA: Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous. Your civilian career is likely […]

14th March 2019

The Six Steps for a Successful Elevator Pitch

Aaron Gracey is a former Royal Artillery officer, and is now System Operator Policy Advisor at Network Rail. He shares his insights on what you should say to a new contact. An effective elevator pitch is a clear, concise direct message, which outlines why you could be an excellent employee to new contacts. Like everything […]

19th February 2019

The Five Lines of Operations that will Help your Transition – Part Two

With a background in Plans and Operations it’s no surprise that David Orr, a former Army officer, put a lot of thought into planning his transition. He shares his method and the lessons he learnt on the way. Read part one here. LOO3 – Build Online Profile Resettlement is effectively an exercise in personal promotion. […]

5th February 2019

The Five Lines of Operations that will Help your Transition – Part One

With a background in Plans and Operations it’s no surprise that David Orr, a former Army officer, put a lot of thought into planning his transition. He shares his method and the lessons he learnt on the way. It is now a year since I started my resettlement journey – transitioning to civilian life after […]

1st February 2019

Could The KPMG Military Leavers Programme Be Right For You?

This Big Four accounting firm wants transitioning officers to apply. KPMG is committed to supporting the Armed Forces community and its Military Leavers Programme offers an opportunity for veterans to make an immediate impact in a business environment. In addition to its core function of auditing some of the largest companies in the country, KPMG […]

25th January 2019

How To Find A Job That’s Worth Getting Up For On A Cold Winter Morning

John Lees is a leading career strategist and author of How to Get a Job You Love. He shares six steps to help you find the right job. Work absorbs a great deal of your best energy and attention, and takes out a large chunk of your working life – so choosing what you do […]

23rd January 2019

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

Former Officers Share Their Stories of Christmas on Deployment

Throughout the festive period, 10,000 Service personnel will be deployed on operations across the world. Two of our colleagues, who are former officers, share their experiences of Christmas on deployment. Lisa Jones Lisa is a former Army officer and now an OA Career Consultant. “I spent two Christmases away from home during my time in […]

20th December 2018

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

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

Commercial awareness: what is it, why do I need it and how can I demonstrate it to an employer?

James Clark, a former Army Captain and Commercial Lead at Portakabin Limited, shares why commercial awareness is crucial in a civilian career, and why Service leavers have more of it then they might realise. Commercial awareness is about understanding the customer journey and is critical in anything you do. If you are aware of what […]

5th December 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

“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