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 […]

90% of you will consider any role in a bank

“The heart of this industry is helping clients….but often in a big business your clients are actually also within your own company.” Ian Rand, Barclays’ Head of Business Management, Corporate Banking, shares why the industry isn’t all about finance, and why losing your military finesse is the last thing you should do. Many avenues available […]

What’s The Value of an MBA?

“Doing an MBA will enhance your career prospects, but there are many factors to consider in making what could be a considerable investment.” Former Royal Engineer Doc McKerr and former Infantry Officer Tom Clark discuss their experiences of studying for full-time MBAs and the value they believe the qualification has given them. Going back into […]

CEO of Relate Ruth Sutherland Honours Relationship Between Volunteers and Beneficiaries

“A robust set of relationships is essential for our health and wellbeing”, says CEO of Relate Ruth Sutherland. At our recent Honorary Representative Conference Ruth emphasised the importance of the relationship between volunteers and beneficiaries. She says: “For many people, the volunteer may be the only person they see or speak to. As a volunteer, […]

18th May 2016

“Don’t worry if you aren’t 100% certain what path to take, that’s normal.”

Alex Dow initially considered financial services and consulting as he wasn’t sure what direction he wanted to take after leaving the Army in 2011 as a Specialist Team Leader. However, after researching alternatives, he ended up working in his current role as Construction Operations Manager at Siemens, based in Manchester. Alex remotely manages a team […]

Why Reinvent The Wheel? Former RN Officer Renovates Disused Water Mill To Create Sustainable Business

Over the course of twenty years, Brendan Bellis clocked up four million air miles, while working in the Navy and oil and gas industry. Initially, this figure may not paint him as the greatest bastion for the environment. However, it was this exposure to the huge amount of energy being wasted across different cultures that […]

From Soldiering to Sales

Jan de Haldevang certainly enjoys variety and being immersed in different cultures, evident in both his commercial and military careers. Since his commission into the Scots Guards in 1982 he has seen operational action in Iraq, Northern Ireland and Cyprus. Following a final three year secondment to the Royal Army of Oman, Jan was recruited […]

Risk Management – It’s Not Just About ‘Ticking Boxes’

Fiona Davidge ‘fell into’ risk management rather by chance after resigning her commission at The Princess Mary Royal Air Force Nursing Service (PMRAFNS). She decided to study for a law degree as it offered ‘intellectual rigour’, a grounding for many different careers and most importantly of all, it interested her. In 1998, in her final […]

Five Steps for Navigating Your Way to the Lifestyle you Want

How do you make a successful transition and decide which career to embark on? Take some time out to think about what you want and follow these steps for a smooth transition. Assess your interests & skills Sally Bibb, Founder of Engaging Minds advises considering what’s really important to you in your career. “What sort […]

“Relationships are Integral to Recruitment”

With 8000 recruitment businesses operating in the UK and a 7.3% growth expected in 2015, the industry is thriving more than ever. Chris Bradberry, Associate Director for the Talent Acquisition Team for PageGroup, and former RAF pilot Tom Jeffreys-Jones, who’s now Associate Director for Michael Page Finance, discuss why this is an opportune time to […]

“Being self confident in meetings and speaking to people from different cultures is certainly something the Army taught me.”

Drinking an inordinate amount of vodka during business meetings is certainly not a prerequisite for Stephen Croft’s job as Sales Manager for Eastern Europe, at TMD Technologies, but an appreciation and understanding of the culture is. With a background as an attaché and liaison officer in the Army, moving into defence sales was a natural […]

How to apply for a role in a large corporation

We spoke with Liz Coombs, Head of Talent Brand, Deloitte, to gain a better understanding of how to approach large corporates. Liz helps to run the Deloitte Military Transition and Talent Programme and here she offers valuable advice on how to sell yourself and your transferable skills when connecting with a large corporate organisation. Things […]

Why management consultancies value the Armed Forces

Charlie Gordon from Capco explains how the key skills that ex-Military gained in the Armed Forces can really shine in management consultancy roles It is a nervous time when you are preparing to leave the military. The ‘all or nothing’ reality of a career in the military takes away the need to make a lot […]

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 […]

16th May 2016