The Challenges of Buying a Business

Sometimes it makes sense to purchase an existing company rather than starting your own. Simon Watson, a former RAF Wing Commander who runs ET Cleaning Services and Swift Cleaners, discussed his own experiences during a recent webinar. Getting started Find an appropriate company to buy, search online or through word of mouth. Dalton Business is […]

8th May 2018

What Does Being an NHS Non-Executive Director Involve?

Former officers make ideal NHS Non-Executive Directors, because both require excellent operational skills and a strong sense of social responsibility. In an OA webinar, Pete Liddle, OA Business Development Manager, discussed the role of an NHS Non-Executive Director, with Janice Scanlan, Head of Non-executive Development at NHS Improvement, and Dusty Amroliwala, a retired Air Commodore […]

4th April 2018

What is it like to work for a charity?

In a recent webinar, Simon Allen, OA Chief Operations Officer, shared his experiences of working in the charity sector. Overview of the sector (Figures from the Charities Commission, covers England and Wales only) 167,000 registered charities 853,000 people work in the sector Combined annual income of £74 billion Majority (73%) are small (income < £500,000 […]

28th February 2018

What is the KPMG Military Internship Programme?

Sid Welham and Lesley Gold explain how the KPMG Military Internship Programme works for veterans. Why does KPMG have a Military Internship Programme? Four years ago, Sid saw that KPMG could benefit from recruiting people with military experience. Many competitors and clients already had military recruitment programmes, and Sid thought that KPMG were missing out on […]

20th February 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

Career and vocational opportunities in the land-based sector

Deciding on a new career in the civilian working world can be a daunting prospect for many Service leavers. For those of you facing a resettlement brick wall will perhaps feel that life behind a computer screen just isn’t for you. Maybe you’ve become accustomed to a life outdoors but simply don’t know how to go […]

19th May 2017

Financial Services: It’s not just a numbers game

Many believe that money is at the absolute heart of Financial Services and the career paths involved remain unvaried but the OA’s recent Pathfinder article revealed that there’s so much more to the sector than numbers… From FinTech (financial technology) start-ups to operations management and cyber security the diversity of roles means that there is […]

17th May 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

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

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

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

Symposium 2016: Be open to change during your transition

How do you ‘lead yourself’ during a period of change? What value can you give to people? What’s your vision for the future?  Just some of the questions explored at the OA’s London Symposium, where officers in transition gained an insight into new careers and met employers who are actively recruiting. At our busiest symposium […]

15th December 2016

Transition Story: Managing Change in the Third Sector – Paul Boissier

“If this doesn’t work out – sack me!” Probably not the least ‘risk averse’ statement you could declare to your team of trustees in a new role. But as Paul Boissier has learnt, self belief and conviction are essential qualities for leadership. The particular incident in question concerned Paul convincing his board at the RNLI […]

29th September 2016

Step into Health – Everything You Need To Know

New Career Opportunities Veterans and Military Service Leavers may never have considered a career in the NHS before, however the NHS has in excess of 300 career opportunities, around half of which are non-clinical. It is the largest employer in Europe and is used to taking personnel with no previous experience in healthcare, and supporting […]

28th May 2016

‘We’re all Crisis Managers, Aren’t We?’

Do not assume disaster management is reserved for humanitarian agencies. No doubt, there’s a disaster waiting to happen, any time, anywhere, possibly somewhere near you, soon. So, what can you do about it? A lot! As specialised ‘crisis managers’, Richard Gordon of Bournemouth University’s Disaster Management Centre argues ex-officers can put their leadership skills to […]

19th May 2016