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

How do You Get a New Job You Love?

John Lees, a leading career strategist, will deliver a keynote talk at the OA Officers’ Careers Forum in December. He has written several career advice books and thought leadership pieces for The Times and The Guardian. His latest book, ‘How To Get A Job You Love’, was a WHSmith Business Book of the Month. John […]

6th November 2018

“Without doubt, networking is vital for a successful transition”

David Picton shares his career journey from RAF officer to Interim Executive Director for Commercial and Procurement at Highways England. Can you give me an overview of your military career? I served as an RAF officer for 20 years – starting out with sponsorship through my A-levels and degree (as a university cadet), before joining […]

2nd November 2018

Congratulations! They’ve Offered You the Job but Should You Say Yes?

Receiving a job offer means all your hard work has paid off and you have survived the toughest part of the job search – but now you must decide if this is the right job for you. Here are four things you could consider before accepting an offer: The organisation’s culture and its people Salary […]

22nd October 2018

How Do You Use Social Media to Network?

Louise Chaplin is a Partner and Head of Board Practice at Eton Bridge Partners, which specialises in executive search and interim management. A former Army officer, Louise outlines the crucial role social media plays in the job market. Social media is essential for building a new career after leaving the Armed Forces. By using social […]

15th October 2018

It’s Cyber Security Month: Here’s How You Can Start Working in this Industry

October is European Cyber Security Month, which is the perfect opportunity to promote why it can be the ideal industry for veterans. Cyber security is an exciting and growing field. Serving and former officers have many skills and experiences the industry needs, including adaptability, leadership, resilience and teamwork. The OA has been helping organisations to […]

5th October 2018

You have Project Management Skills but what about the Qualifications?

Dean Taylor is the Managing Director of IMD Group, a business and management consultancy. He discusses the value of project management training. All career paths involve training, so it is important to choose courses that will enable you to achieve your professional goals after leaving the Services. If you want to work in project management, […]

3rd October 2018

Network and recognise your commercial value to secure your future outside of the military

Just two of the key insights former England rugby star and RAF officer Rory Underwood MBE highlighted during his talk to a packed audience of serving and former officers in Bristol this week. Having left the RAF 18 years ago, Rory has faced the challenge of working out what he was going to do next […]

24th September 2018

Being a Former Officer Helped Sophie Win Bake Off

Sophie Faldo won the Great British Bake Off last year. As well as a baking champion, she is also a former Army Captain. Sophie spoke to the OA about her career and cakes. Why did you leave the Army? I left for a multitude of reasons: it was a good time and I had achieved […]

18th September 2018

How to Go From a Senior Officer to Senior Project Manager

After a successful career with the RAF, Michele Crossman wanted a more flexible approach to work, which she has achieved working for SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business. Family comes first Michele served in the RAF from 1992 to 2016 as a Logistics Officer, leaving as a Group Captain. She was posted across the UK and overseas, with […]

14th September 2018

Eight Officers Who Are Also Sports Legends

The British military has long had a connection with sports, helping to spread many around the world, such as cricket, football, tennis and hockey. Even today sport plays a big part in the UK Armed Forces, with Inter-Service competitions and the Invictus Games. It is therefore unsurprising that many of the nation’s sports legends have […]

30th August 2018

Six Key Insights About Becoming a Project Manager

Matt Wright and Freddie Milne, former Army captains and FDM Ex-Forces Consultants, share their top transition tips and how FDM can support your career journey. 1. Networking Never network for network’s sake. Always have a purpose. 2. Decide what you want from your new role There are different factors to consider when choosing a role, […]

23rd August 2018

He Launched His New Career as Head of Information Security

Jake Barker left the Army in January 2018 to work for Redington, an investment consultancy. He shares how he achieved this senior position. What was the highlight of your military career? My highlight was probably a six-month close-combat tour of Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, in support of Special Forces. I went on to be commended for […]

17th August 2018