Landing the right role – Careers with HSBC

After a career spanning 20 years in the Royal Marines, Steven Lee is now a Delivery and Assurance Director at HSBC. He joined us to discuss his transition timeline and the range of recruitment opportunities available at HSBC ahead of the forthcoming recruitment day HSBC are hosting. Since joining HSBC in 2014, Steven is now […]

27th April 2017

Ever Considered a Career On the Land?

Countryfile is one of the most popular shows in Britain. This is perhaps because it provides an escape from urban life for many viewers – if only through the screens for half an hour each week. Haydn Ayres, a former Captain in The Royal Signals, lives this life for real, on his farm that he […]

20th April 2017

Coping with Redundancy

“How can this happen to me?” “I must have done something wrong” and “How can I tell my family and friends?” are three commonly experienced reactions to being made redundant by your employer. The topic of redundancy presents an important and deep-seated concern to not just the military but individuals employed in the civilian working […]

13th April 2017

Operations Management – getting things done

A career in operations management demands an expert ability to get things done. A popular career choice for ex-military personnel, operations management focuses on streamlining processes as effectively as possible and requires the ability to apply logical thinking, especially when under pressure. As the industry continues to change and grow, it also offers exciting opportunities […]

12th April 2017

A better work and life balance with a career in interim management

Pursuing a career in interim management can be an interesting choice in terms of satisfaction, reward and a better work/life balance. You will be given the chance to make a real impact on a number of contrasting businesses and often be offered highly competitive rates of pay. But how do you know whether you possess […]

11th April 2017

Continuing to provide help and support to former officers, our Benevolence team share their top three stories

The OA’s Benevolence Department continues to focus on providing financial support and advice to former Officers and their dependants throughout the UK and overseas. The work carried out by our Benevolence team is of enormous value to the OA community and it is during our proudest moments that we look to the power of social […]

7th April 2017

Fresh thinking about your future

Are you asking yourself where you would like to be this time next year? Have you already left the Services and are looking to make the leap into the private sector? More and more employers are on the lookout for people with exactly the same skills you have gained from your experience in the Armed […]

28th March 2017

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 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 seekers […]

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