Using military skills to start your own business

Around six percent of the nation’s small businesses are owned by veterans, with this figure set to increase as self-employment becomes an increasingly popular career choice for those leaving the military… Travel company Trailfinders, property giant RE/MAX, logistics behemoth FedEx, and web-hosting experts GoDaddy. Not organisations that one would consider natural bedfellows, but there is […]

8th November 2019

Network Your Way to a Successful Transition

Mention the word ‘networking’ to some people and they will dismiss it as business jargon used by highly paid executive types, but in reality it’s highly likely that you are doing it already, especially if you are approaching a career change… Most of us reach out to friends, colleagues and acquaintances from time to time, […]

17th October 2019

My Transition Story – Nicholas Wheatley

HSBC are running their first regional Insight & Networking day in Sheffield, 7th November 2019. Ahead of this event, we catch up with former Army officer Nicholas Wheatley, now part of HSBC’s Military Network, as he discusses his experiences working in Financial Services. Transition overview: I served 8 years in the British Army and 5 […]

29th October 2019

My Military Transition Story – Meri Mayhew

My name is Meri Mayhew. I joined the RAF in 1989 and served as an Air Traffic Control Officer until 2003. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the RAF, particularly the interesting and varied roles, the camaraderie and the social life. A professional highlight was my tour in Afghanistan, running day-to-day air traffic operations at […]

27th September 2019

Are You Ready To Govern, Assure And Advocate?

Your military career has provided you with significant experience of operational, strategic, and people management matters – all of which are valued by civilian employers – but have you considered a role that allows you to influence the direction and impact of an entire organisation? According to the 1991 Cadbury Report, non-executive directors “should bring […]

20th September 2019

My Transition Story – James Brown

James Brown, former Army Captain, joined us in April for our Project Management Workshop in Newcastle where we heard from Nexus, TSG Marine and Faithful+Gould. He has recently secured a role as Senior Project Manager with Faithful+Gould, following meaningful connections made at the event. Can you tell us a bit about your military career? I […]

9th September 2019

My Journey through Military Transition

Former RAF Officer Joseph Leung tells the OA of his transition story and how he decided on his new career with the help of the OA. By far the hardest part of choosing a new career was not having a clue what I wanted to do. It was much easier listing what I didn’t want […]

23rd August 2019

Be Positive, Be Confident and Be Yourself – The McKinsey Insight Day

On Friday 21st June, the OA partnered with McKinsey to hold an insight day for serving and former military personnel to learn about the work they do and what it means to be a consultant. McKinsey also shared practical tips on the application process. Overview of McKinsey McKinsey & Company is a global management consulting […]

22nd August 2019

Quilter’s launches trainee programme for Service Leavers

Lauren Ashworth, Recruitment Manager with Quilter Financial Advisers School, met Service leavers at the launch of Quilter’s fast-track financial advisers programme. Sitting around the table with 5 military personnel, looking for their next career move, I was struck by their nervousness around this next phase of their careers. I mean, to me, these individuals had […]

Careers Insights: The hidden power of networking

Whether you are seeking a transition into your ideal civilian role, or are already in a job trying to expand your business, face-to-face networking can be your secret weapon – but you need to do it effectively. It may be tempting to think that you can just turn up to a networking event, chat to […]

19th August 2019

My voyage of discovery in the corporate world

Former British Army Officer Faith Zeal tells the OA of her personal transition story and how she decided on her new career. “Why did you join the Army?” is the most frequently asked question throughout my professional career to date. I hope not due to any perceived inadequacies, but rather interest in the motivations of […]

13th August 2019

Research: The more information you have, the better decisions you make

Karen Munro is an independent Career Coach, passionate about working with clients to enable them to make informed career choices. With so many recruitment agencies out there and massive online recruiters like Indeed and TotalJobs, is it really necessary to research the job market yourself? Don’t they do all the hard work for you so […]

8th August 2019

Becoming a Bursar – My Experience

Chris Way presented at our recent Military Vs Civilian Management seminar, where we explored the nuances of civilian management roles for Service leavers. Chris left the military some time ago, and has since established a rewarding career as a School Bursar. Here is his story. How long was your military career? I joined the RAF […]

31st July 2019

Working at Citi Group – A veteran’s point of view

Laurence Whittingham spent 7 years in The Queen’s Royal Lancers, based in Catterick. Over the course of his career he completed two tours of Afghanistan, an exchange with the Australian cavalry and exercised in Norway, Lithuania, Canada and the UK working as a Troop Leader, Aide de Camp, Operations officer and finally as Adjutant. Laurence […]

22nd July 2019

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