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

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 […]