Six Key Insights About Becoming a Project Manager

Matt Wright and Freddie Milne, former Army captains and FDM Ex-Forces Consultants, share their top transition tips and how FDM can support your career journey. 1. Networking Never network for network’s sake. Always have a purpose. 2. Decide what you want from your new role There are different factors to consider when choosing a role, […]

23rd August 2018

What Can You Learn from the England Team?

Football may not have come home, but everyone was impressed by England’s performance. Gareth Southgate’s team was young, confident, humble and driven, which could even score penalties! Here is why England was successful, and how you can copy some of its tactics. Adopt the right mind-set When Gareth Southgate was appointed manager he focussed on […]

20th July 2018

This Former Officer is Now a Recruitment Expert, Here’s His Advice on Negotiating Your Salary

Simon Treadgold served in the Army for 20 years and is now Head of Recruiting at Capstar, which provides secure travel and lifestyle management services to corporate and private clients, and is run by former Army officers. When negotiating a salary you must manage your expectations. If you successfully apply for a job with a […]

27th June 2018

How to Job Hunt Effectively

Lisa Jones, an OA Career Consultant and former Army officer, shared her top career searching tips with BFBS Radio. Time Give yourself time, because it can often take six to eight months to find the right job. If you are a Service leaver, allocate time away from your current role. Create a schedule so you […]

21st June 2018

Five Ways to Kick Start Your Career Transition

Lisa Jones, an OA Career Consultant and former Army officer, shared her top transition tips with BFBS Radio. 1. Timing The time goes faster than you think. One year may sound like a long time but it will fly. Equally if you are in your last two years’ of service, start thinking about the future; […]

5th June 2018

Top Ten Tips for Developing an Internal Military Network

An Internal Military Network is a great way to maximise the benefits that veterans can bring to your organisation. If you are thinking about developing your own Internal Military Network, here is what you need to consider. Have a network with clear purpose and vision aligned to your organisation’s brand/vision and ensure activity is linked […]

31st May 2018

Three Steps for a Smoother Transition into a Civilian Career

There are many ways to get job ready when you leave the Armed Forces, but here are three effective approaches that worked for these former officers. Book an OA career consultation A career consultation is personal, being tailored to your requirements. It can help you identify suitable job roles, and the steps needed to achieve […]

3rd May 2018

What Does a Good Employer Look Like?

You spend much of your time at work, so it is important you have a supportive and engaging employer.  In a recent webinar, Pete Liddle, OA Business Development Manager, spoke to Michelle Mook, Owner and Director of Pro-Development (UK) Limited, which helps organisations to improve employee, retention, morale, performance and productivity. Michelle discussed how good employers effectively […]

12th April 2018

What Recruiters Want from a CV

HR managers and recruiters are the gatekeepers in the job application process. Your CV will determine if they shortlist you. Clive Lowe, OA Career Consultant, regularly attends career events for veterans, where HR managers and recruiters discuss what they look for in a CV. He shared these insights in a recent webinar with Ashka Raval, […]

9th April 2018

What is the Value of a Work Placement?

Lisa Jones, OA Career Consultant, explains why work placements are good for veterans and employers. Benefits to veterans Work placements will develop your skills and give you vital experience, improving your employability. They also increase your knowledge of different industries, helping you to make better informed decisions about your career. You can be exposed to […]

22nd March 2018

How to research for a successful transition, by Lisa Jones

Lisa Jones is a Career Consultant at the OA. She shares her top tips on researching to find the right career after leaving the Armed Forces. Start Early The earlier you start the more time you will give yourself, and be able to do justice to your ‘reconnaissance’. There are so many opportunities out there, […]

8th February 2018

What You Need to Know About Starting Salaries

Getting the right salary for your next civilian job  role can be difficult, but there are practical steps you can take. Nick Everard, a former Army officer and Managing Director of J1 Consulting, and Fiona Jackson, an OA Career Consultant, share their advice. More than salary Before negotiating the salary for your new job, understand […]

7th February 2018

New Year New Career

Make 2018 the year you get the job you want. If at the end of last year you were feeling dissatisfied with the direction you career was heading in, then you might want to consider a change. Easier said than done, but engineering a career move or a change in role is perfectly possible, provided […]

11th January 2018

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

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

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

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 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