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

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

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

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

Freelancing – risky business or your best decision yet?

Do your transition plans automatically discount the idea of going freelance? Ever find yourself wondering if you can make a living working for yourself? Or maybe you’ve already transitioned and feel that now could be the right time to find something more gratifying by working for yourself. If you can charge for your knowledge and […]

25th January 2017

Transition Story: FTSE 100 – The Power of Career Planning

FTSE 100: In control of your career Marcus Denison left the army as a Captain in 2013 and joined Tesco as a buying manager. He’s now Head of Business Resilience and chair of Tesco’s own Armed Forces Network. Here he shares his career journey, with tips for transitioning to FTSE 100 companies. What were your […]

19th January 2017

Consultant of the Year’s Top Tips on Transitioning

Richard Graybrook is a Principal Management Consultant at Turner & Townsend where he has been recognised as their 2016 Consultant of the Year. Richard started working life as a tradesman in the construction sector before enlisting as a combat engineer in the Army, in a career spanning thirty years, and one that saw him commissioned […]

16th January 2017

Transition Story: making your military skills work for you

The skills and knowledge you gain throughout your military career are of enormous value to business. This is the resounding message coming from organisations like Virgin Money, who now actively recruit former service personnel in recognition of their skill sets and the value they add to their business. Richard Garman is a perfect example of […]

13th January 2017

The informality of the civilian world of work offers significant opportunities to those in transition

“It’s 10 times easier to land a job when the boss hands your CV to the HR department, than when HR sees it first and hands it up to the boss,” says Adam Grainger, a Royal Marine for five years and now a financial consultant. As someone who has to apply for new contracts two […]

6th January 2017

Demystifying Remote Interviews – how to ace the first stage

When demand for jobs is high and competition rife, many organisations will often kick start their recruitment process by using remote interviews – interviews via phone, Skype or video conference – to screen their initial candidate base. Our recent webinar session revealed that 71% of online participants thought of remote interviews as an ‘HR sift’; […]

19th December 2016

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

How to demonstrate commercial awareness to an employer

It’s not easy to define ‘commercial awareness’ however it’s a skill that more and more employers are demanding across every sector, not just in business and finance. When faced with an interview question that asks you to talk about your commercial awareness even the most battle-hardened of candidates is liable to feel uneasy and perhaps […]

29th November 2016

Transition Story: Networking and helping others along the way

Sophy Gardner served in the Royal Air Force for 20 years. Having made the decision to leave in 2011, she started her own business and has since worked on a variety of contracts, mainly with military charities, such as on the Bomber Command Memorial Project, doing PR, media and communications.Alongside running her own business, she […]

23rd September 2016

A Day in the Life of… A Renewables Consultant

Al Gadney joined the Air Force at the age of seventeen, progressing through the ranks over 27 years to become a Royal Air Force Engineering Officer. After such a long time in the RAF, he was keen for a new challenge. Having studied for an Executive MBA and an MSc in Aircraft Design before leaving […]

12th July 2016

Translate your Military experience for ‘Civvy Street’

Throughout your career in the Military, you will have gained valuable experience which is directly relevant to a management career in the civilian workplace. When making the transition to civvy street, or progressing through your chosen career, good quality Learning and Development can help you to translate your existing skills and learn the terminology and […]

1st June 2016

Opportunities for Service Leavers in the land based sector

HighGround is a national charity supporting service leavers, veterans and reservists transition into the land based sector via its 5 day Rural Weeks programme followed by ongoing support from the HighGround Careers Manager . On the 22nd March the OA will be running a webinar with HighGround to explain the programme and talk about the […]

31st May 2016

At your service – The role of the volunteer Hon Rep

John Lewis approached retired Partner and current OA Head of Benevolence, Evelyn Strouts, about an article on the important role of voluntary Honorary Representatives (Hon Reps) in the work of the Officers’ Association. She was joined by Dorothy Jones, also a retired Partner and active Hon Rep for the OA. Here is the article in […]

29th May 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

40% of you are considering starting your own business

“I learnt within three months that networking is not about ‘selling yourself’, it’s about building relationships.” Former RN officer and entrepreneur Amanda Johnson shares how her core values and resolute determination to never ‘sell’ her services have contributed to her success, and why your business plan is an ever-evolving document, which should never languish getting […]

19th May 2016

64% of you think working for a startup is too risky

Before you dismiss working in a startup or small business as too risky, too limiting or too ‘beneath you’, listen to former sea king pilot Will Orme give his account of working in this burgeoning industry – for all its perceived risks, you may be surprised to hear he finds ‘everyday exciting’ and is continually […]