Job seeker challenges: The value of experience and transferrable skills
Job seeker challenges: The value of experience and transferrable skills
Date: 7 December, 2021
Time: 13:00
- 13:30
Location: Online

Join us in this, the first in our new series of five short, concise lunchtime webinars, as we look at the challenges facing job seekers.

Charlie Curry, Senior Security Adviser at the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Lisa Jones, Career Consultant at the Officers’ Association, discuss the challenges facing Service leavers and veterans when translating their military skills and experience for civilian employers.

Our speakers will look at:

  • What constitutes experience
  • How to put a value on your experience
  • Identifying your transferrable skills
  • Civilianising military terminology
  • How to identify your unique selling point


  • Get those top tips you need for transition
  • Understand more about the value you offer as a job seeker
  • Hear from experts and glean best practice from their insights
  • Learn quickly and effectively with our concise 30-minute delivery
  • Develop your confidence as a job seeker



Charlie Curry

As BEIS’s senior security adviser, Charlie is responsible for advising the department on the security of its people and information, and for ensuring reasonable mitigations for the security risks it faces. Previously he was the senior security adviser with the UK Stabilisation Unit, working in the FCO to advise cross-government risk owners on mitigation measures and residual risks for high-risk deployments overseas.

Charlie was educated at Southampton University, the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and the UK Joint Command and Staff College. He holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Conflict and Development from the UK’s Open University and is currently studying for an MSc in Psychology.



Lisa Jones

Lisa started her career as an Army officer, serving in Bosnia, Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Germany, and the British Embassy in Paris. She left the Army after eight years’ service and embarked on a career in investment banking where she managed the Listed Derivatives clients services team at Morgan Stanley and worked in Prime Brokerage at UBS. Here, she was involved in several recruitment initiatives, including graduate and internship programmes and the growth and development of her team.

She left banking after eight years to study the Persian language, putting this new skill to good use with the FCO in Afghanistan in 2010-2011. Her experiences have given her an excellent foundation in people development and management.

Lisa joined the OA as a Career Consultant in 2012 helping Service leavers through an extensive redundancy programme involving 11,000 personnel over four years. She has also helped to deliver an external outplacement programme for a military-related charity.

Lisa is a Certified ILM Level 7 Executive Coach and Mentor and has a wealth of experience to draw upon, including being made redundant herself.

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