What does your personal brand say about you?

A strong digital brand can help you find work, so make yours effective. Employers and recruiters are increasingly researching candidates online to help decide if they are suitable. You therefore need to make sure you have a strong and positive digital presence. Social media expert Lincoln Coutts gave a presentation about developing your personal brand […]

17th August 2017

How to Write an Effective Ex-Military CV

Despite the importance of networking and LinkedIn, your CV remains an important document for anyone looking for work. You have made the crucial decision to leave the military, and now need to focus on finding your new career. Sending a CV is often the first direct contact with an employer or recruiter, so be confident […]

14th August 2017

What do Recruiters Look for in Candidates with Military Experience?

When applying for a job it can be difficult to know exactly what employers and recruiters want from candidates. The OA recently hosted a panel discussion with recruiters to answer questions about the job application process, during the recent OA Employment Symposium in York. The panel included Michael Sanderson, Siemens Talent Acquisition Partner; Leanne Wood, […]

10th August 2017

Finding a Flexible Approach to Work after Service Life, by Harriet Rogers

Harriet Rogers shares her story about wanting a new career that is more flexible and not office based. It was during my career transition workshop, run via CTP, that panic began to set in. My fellow officers announced their chosen industries to work in after leaving the military – Project Management, Consultancy, Defence Sales, Finance […]

9th August 2017

How to Start a Career in the Great Outdoors

The land based sector has many exciting job opportunities for people leaving the Armed Forces, offering a great alternative to working in an office. Clive Lowe, OA Career Consultant, and Anna Baker Cresswell, Founder and Development Director of HighGround, recently ran a webinar about starting a career in this sector. What is the land based […]

2nd August 2017

OA Chief Executive, Lee Holloway, is Swimming in the OA Triathlon Team

Lee Holloway, the Officers’ Association (OA) Chief Executive, is swimming for the OA in the OA Inter-Services Triathlon at the end of July. We interviewed him to find out more. This year the triathlon is organised by the RAF Triathlon Association and sponsored by the OA. The Army, Navy and RAF will compete at the […]

25th July 2017

Harry Eaton Prepares for the OA Inter-Services Triathlon

Harry Eaton is an Army Lieutenant who is competing in the OA Inter-Services Triathlon. He is also the British Army Triathlon Association secretary. He gave us an interview on being a triathlete.   Tell us about yourself I’m a 26 year-old Lieutenant in 1 Regiment Army Air Corps at RNAS Yeovilton. I completed Sandhurst In […]

Can Luke Pollard Win His Third OA Inter-Services Triathlon in a Row?

Luke Pollard, who serves in the RAF, won the OA Inter-Services Triathlon in 2015 and 2016. He plans to win his third title on Wednesday. We interviewed Luke to find out what it takes to be a champion. Tell us about yourself I joined the RAF as a Supplier in 2011, after trade training I […]

24th July 2017

Will Lucy Nell Reclaim the OA Inter-Services Triathlon Title?

Lucy Nell, an RAF officer, won the OA Inter-Services Triathlon in 2014 and 2015. Her RAF graduation meant she missed the race last year, which was won by fellow RAF officer Samantha Rose. Both are competing this year, but will either of them win again? We interviewed Lucy to find out how she is preparing […]

21st July 2017

Meet Samantha Rose – the OA Inter-Services Triathlon 2016 Champion

Samantha Rose, an RAF officer, won the OA Inter-Services Triathlon in 2016. We interviewed her to discover what it takes to be a winning a triathlete ahead of the race next week. This year the triathlon is organised by the RAF Triathlon Association, and sponsored by the OA. The Army, Navy and RAF will compete […]

20th July 2017

OA Facebook Page Celebrates First Birthday

The OA Facebook Page was launched in July 2016, and is now a crucial way for us to engage with people. It has 12,269 followers and has become an active hub for the transitioning and former officers’ community. We also use Facebook to reach a wider audience, including beyond the military sector. We share key […]

OA Volunteers Meet Defence Minister

Several of the OA’s volunteers met Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, the Rt Hon Tobias Ellwood MP, during a recent training session in London. The Minister was visiting a number of military charities and spoke to several Honorary Representatives (Hon Reps), the OA’s network of key volunteers that provide the crucial link between head office and […]

19th July 2017

Military Friendly Employers Share Career Top Tips

The first OA Employment Symposium of 2017 brought together leading military friendly employers and industry experts keen to share their insight with those currently in transition, or seeking a further career change since leaving the Armed Forces. Hosted at York’s Network Rail Training Centre, this year’s event kicked off with a dedicated LinkedIn workshop to […]

5th July 2017

How to Make it in The City – An Insider View from the Insurance World

The area around Lime St, where the Lloyds Building now stands, has been at the heart of financial commerce for centuries. It was on Lombard St, back in the late 1600s, where merchants and ship-owners would meet at Lloyds Coffee House to discuss maritime insurance, shipbroking and foreign trade. It didn’t take long for their […]

27th June 2017

Five Key Steps to Building a Military Network

Networks are an effective way to gain insights, connections and confidence in your future plans. Pete Liddle, OA Business Development Manager (North), recently ran a webinar on Building a Military Network, with Alex Nancolas and John Mayo. They run Two Roses, a business networking group in the North of England for former members of the Armed […]

14th June 2017

Understanding opportunities in Financial Services – BNY Mellon

Many Officers leave the Military to work in Financial Services, but it is a diverse industry with many job opportunities. Lisa Jones, OA Career Consultant, and Damian Jones, BNY Mellon (BNYM) Vice President and Programme Manager, ran a webinar about the different roles available in the industry. What roles are Ex-Military recruited into? Over the […]

8th June 2017

How to network effectively

Networking is critical for Serving and Former Officers wanting to secure a new career. Colin Tweedie, of CJ Consulting, is giving a masterclass on networking, at the Officers’ Association (OA) Employment Symposium in York on 28th June. Ahead of the event he shares his top tips. Set-up for success: Appearance – dress to impress Arrive […]

7th June 2017

Getting the best out of a Virtual Careers Fair

Ahead of the first Ex-Military in Management Virtual Careers Fair, the Officers’ Association Career Consultants, Lisa Jones and Clive Lowe, discuss how to gain maximum value from the event. The Careers Fair, organised by the Officers’ Association (OA) and SaluteMyJob, takes place on Tuesday 6th June, 10am-8pm, and Wednesday 7th June, 10am-6pm. The event is […]

1st June 2017

Transition Story: taking charge of your own destiny

As much as a broad understanding of the commercial world will prepare you for a career in wealth management, ‘it’s whether or not you possess a genuine interest in people that will determine your success.’ Simon Roffey’s opinion may surprise those who still associate the sector with a rather more money-driven attitude – an outdated […]

25th May 2017

Everything you need to know about a career in facilities management

The health, well-being and productivity of staff is largely down to workplace design – facilities management is about making buildings work and the integration of processes within an organisation run as smoothly as possible. In short – it’s about ‘managing processes’. And the good news is that the role facilities management plays in maintaining the […]

22nd May 2017