The Alternative CV – How the Employment Market is Changing

The evolution of technology means that you can now conduct your job search through a variety of different channels – just using a printed CV and cover letter on their own isn’t likely to get you as noticed as before. The recent digital transformation in how we go about applying for jobs has forced job […]

24th March 2017

The Defence Sector – Seamless Transition for Service Leavers?

With productivity up by 29% over the past five years and an annual turnover of £24bn, the defence sector remains a buoyant industry.  The sense of confidence from the sector and its reputation for continual innovation means it still holds its interest and value for Service leavers looking for their next career step. Following a […]

21st March 2017

A big ‘Thank You’ from the OA as our Bristol Office celebrates its 2nd Birthday!

Two years ago this week the Officers’ Association (OA) opened its first regional office; with the aim of supporting officers as they leave the Armed Forces and transition into civilian life. We started with an empty office on the Bristol Business Park – a real blank canvas – but well placed to start growing our […]

17th March 2017

Applications Now Open for BP’s Military Placement Programme

It’s an exciting month for one of the world’s leading integrated oil and gas companies. With the assistance of its Supply and Trading arm, BP has opened its third round of recruitment for the Military Placement Programme it first set up for Service-leavers in 2016. The Military Placement Programme offers only two positions but it’s […]

15th March 2017

A Day in the Life of…Estates Management

As a nuclear submarine engineer in the Navy, Gareth thrived off solving problems in a technical environment working alongside good people. His new job as Deputy Head of Estates Maintenance at University Hospital Southampton (UHS) NHS Foundation Trust presents more than enough of all of these aspects on a daily basis. Although it may sound […]

14th March 2017

Management roles offering reward and opportunity at Siemens UK

With a core strategy aligned to global trends and digital transformation, Siemens understands more than ever the fundamental benefits of hiring ex-military personnel. For transitioning officers, knowing that military skills are recognised by successful and prosperous businesses across the UK is an encouraging prospect, but many of these organisations also view the work of service […]

Exploring the many facets of Project Management

Why does project management continue to be such a popular choice for service leavers? The answer to this lies in some of the diverse career opportunities available and in the skills required for the discipline. Many elements of these were uncovered during the OA’s Project Management Workshop held on Wednesday 15th February at NCVO in […]

3rd March 2017

The Value of Interning Post Transition

What’s an internship? An internship is an often short-term opportunity provided by employers across most areas of the business. The chosen candidate is typically expected to work for a limited period of time in order to gain experience in a particular role and sector. Internships involve a variety of work from business as usual to […]

2017 is the year of the Virtual Careers Fair!

“A Virtual Event is a gathering of people sharing a common virtual environment on the web, rather than meeting in a physical location. Virtual events are highly interactive, looking and feeling a lot like their physical counterparts. Popular uses of virtual events include virtual tradeshows, virtual job fairs, virtual conferences and virtual companywide gatherings. Virtual […]

24th February 2017

Service Leavers and Veterans Offered Free Media Course

Writers such as Andy McNab and Michael Asher have enthralled readers over the years with bestsellers based on their experiences of the military. And Service leavers are highly renowned, and sought after, for their strong ability to communicate. Despite this, the world of media, which thrives on our need to consume stories, has remained fairly […]

17th February 2017

Your CV – The Myths and Reality

The digital age is upon us. Offering fast and simple solutions to just about anything, the CV has and will continue to evolve rapidly with the progression of digitalisation. This is certainly true of our current online job search but your CV remains as powerful as ever and acts as your baseline throughout the application […]

16th February 2017

Changing Career Post Transition

Feeling unfulfilled and disengaged from your job and career is a sure sign that now is the time to move on. Recognising this is easy – taking the steps necessary to rediscovering yourself is the tricky part. Imagine waking up each morning, knowing you have a job to go to that stimulates your interests and […]

10th February 2017

The Art of Asking Questions during a Job Interview

Asking ‘sensible’ questions that drill down to your potential employer’s bottom line can make the difference between being offered the job or missing out. Remember, it’s a two-way process (inter + view). You’ll need the answers too… Read on to gain an insight into how you should form and craft your questions. The ideal format […]

3rd February 2017

Do Cover Letters Really Matter?

The process used to apply for jobs has changed significantly over the years. A far cry from hand delivered CVs and the odd phone call, job applications can now be submitted at the click of a finger. With the growing increase of digitalisation, cover letters are becoming less common than ever; most job applications now […]

31st January 2017

Interview Success: Preparation is the Key

‘Practicality’, ‘mindset’, ‘research’ and ‘knowing yourself’ are the 4 pillars to a successful preparation process before interview.  With rich experience in training and development, CIPD qualified Career Consultant, Fiona Jackson, builds upon the accessible and often overlooked aspects of interview preparation and suggests some helpful methods in compartmentalising your planning. There’s nothing worse than arriving […]

27th January 2017

Freelancing – risky business or your best decision yet?

Do your transition plans automatically discount the idea of going freelance? Ever find yourself wondering if you can make a living working for yourself? Or maybe you’ve already transitioned and feel that now could be the right time to find something more gratifying by working for yourself. If you can charge for your knowledge and […]

25th January 2017

FTSE 100 – Marcus Denison on the Power of Career Planning

FTSE 100: In control of your career Marcus Denison left the army as a Captain in 2013 and joined Tesco as a buying manager. He’s now Head of Business Resilience and chair of Tesco’s own Armed Forces Network. Here he shares his career journey, with tips for transitioning to FTSE 100 companies. What were your […]

19th January 2017

Consultant of the Year’s Top Tips on Transitioning

Richard Graybrook is a Principal Management Consultant at Turner & Townsend where he has been recognised as their 2016 Consultant of the Year. Richard started working life as a tradesman in the construction sector before enlisting as a combat engineer in the Army, in a career spanning thirty years, and one that saw him commissioned […]

16th January 2017

Making your military skills work for you

The skills and knowledge you gain throughout your military career are of enormous value to business. This is the resounding message coming from organisations like Virgin Money, who now actively recruit former service personnel in recognition of their skill sets and the value they add to their business. Richard Garman is a perfect example of […]

13th January 2017

The informality of the civilian world of work offers significant opportunities for those transitioning to a new career

“It’s 10 times easier to land a job when the boss hands your CV to the HR department, than when HR sees it first and hands it up to the boss,” says Adam Grainger, a Royal Marine for five years and now a financial consultant. As someone who has to apply for new contracts two […]

6th January 2017