How to Get the Most out of the OA Employment Symposium

Here are our top tips to maximise the benefits of attending the biggest career event exclusively for the officer community. About the OA Employment Symposium The OA Employment Symposium in London is the ‘must attend event’ for officers looking to get a head start in their next career after leaving the Services. With its rich […]

11th December 2017

Interview with Sophie Maynard, Forces Media Academy Student

The OA spoke to Sophie Maynard about studying Creative Media Production. Tell me about your Service history I joined the Royal Navy in November 2014, and became a Warfare Officer. I left as a Sub Lieutenant in October 2017. What is the Forces Media Academy? The Academy is for Service leavers and veterans wanting to […]

6th December 2017

Research to Find the Right Career, by Ben Keene

Ben Keene, from Escape the City, shares his top tips. Researching career paths is important, but it is vital to act on your findings. First ask yourself, what did you like about being in the Armed Forces? What skills did you gain and want to continue using? Identifying your interests and skills will help to […]

16th November 2017

Why the Poppy Appeal Matters

Ahead of Remembrance Sunday, Fiona Jackson, OA Career Consultant, reflects on what the Poppy Appeal means to her. What does Remembrance Sunday mean to you? Remembrance Sunday is a time for deep personal reflection. I always think of my father first, who fought in the 8th Army (The Desert Rats) in the Second World War. […]

8th November 2017

Prepare for Your New Career

The OA interviewed Ben Keene and Skye Robertson, from Escape the City, about changing careers. Here are some of their thoughts. About Escape the City Escape the City is a global career change community for people who want to do work that matters to them. It believes in building a future where work powers a happier and […]

7th November 2017

Could an internship be right for you?

Being an intern can help you gain vital work experience and industry insight. Lisa Jones, an OA Career Consultant, recently ran a webinar with Charlie Perkins and Guy Amir from Goldman Sachs to discuss its Veterans’ Integration Programme. Lisa Jones served in the Army, and then worked in the City before joining the OA. Both […]

25th October 2017

Network to Develop Your Leadership Style, by Stephen Fletcher

Stephen Fletcher, Founder of The Leaders Club, discusses leadership and how our networking event in Bristol will help you. About Stephen Stephen Fletcher is the founder and Chief Executive of The Leaders Club (TLC). What is The Leaders Club (TLC)? TLC is a networking organisation for inspiring and developing leaders founded in 2009. Its motto […]

13th October 2017

Prince Harry Supports Military Friendly Organisations

Prince Harry presented government awards to organisations that offer the Armed Forces community employment and training opportunities. The Prince was joined by Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon at a recent Ministry of Defence’s Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) awards ceremony. They gave 33 Gold Awards to employers that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support for the Armed […]

11th October 2017

Why networking matters, by Sophia Koniarska

Sophia Koniarska, OA Regional Business Development Manager (West), explains why you need to network effectively. Lifestyle not diet Increasingly people find work through networking, so it is vital you master this skill. Networking is a great way to gain knowledge, meet interesting people and find opportunities. People can be quite negative about networking, often confusing […]

27th September 2017

How to Work in Strategy

Most officers are experienced in strategy, but how can you turn this into a corporate career? We recently ran a webinar with Rachel De Renzy Channer, a former Army officer who helped to transform the corporate strategy of a FTSE 250 company. Rachel shared career advice, industry knowledge and her personal experiences. What is a […]

25th September 2017

My military transition ‘top tips’, by John Kerner

John Kerner was a Lieutenant Colonel in the Royal Logistic Corps, before leaving the Army in 2016. He originally published this article on LinkedIn, to help Service Leavers better understand the challenges of transition and improve their chances of landing a great first role. He is now a director with Highways England, responsible for delivering […]

22nd September 2017

Could You Work for a Charity?

The non-profit sector is a large and diverse sector, offering many different roles. Here is why you should consider working for a charity. Variety There are more than 183,000 charities registered with the Charity Commission that work in different areas, including education, foreign aid, health, military, nature conservation, social care and sport. You should easily […]

13th September 2017

Could you be a Consultant?

Consultancy is a good career option for many leaving the Armed Forces, but is it right for you? What is consultancy? A consultant is hired by an organisation to help with a task or project it is unable to complete on its own. Why former officers can be great consultants Experienced at project management. Experienced […]

31st August 2017

Mind Flipping: How to Identify Your Skills to Get the Job You Want

Understanding an employer’s needs is crucial for securing your new career. Zena Everett, an Executive Coach and author of Mind Flip, ran a webinar with Clive Lowe, an OA Career Consultant, on identifying and promoting your skills using the Mind Flipping technique. What is Mind Flipping? Mind Flipping is to turn your focus away from […]

24th August 2017

How to Have a Successful Telephone Interview

Telephone and video interviews often form part of the interview process, so here are our top tips. Purpose The aim of telephone and video interviews is to reduce the number of applicants to a shortlist. The interviewer wants to know if you can support the claims you made on your CV. If it goes well, […]

23rd August 2017

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