The 50+ Commercial Development Plan

Finding a new career path as a 50+ civilian employee is challenging. Job seekers are expected to be self-managing, entrepreneurial and more adaptable than ever before.

Employers want more from candidates. They value military skills and whilst you have the talents, leadership and experience that Service life delivers, a lack of civilian experience can work against you. Employers can sometimes overlook military skills in favour of candidates with commercial expertise.

We recognise these hurdles and the need to take charge of your civilian career path. For many of us, this next step is critical to long-term job success and resettlement.

Our new 50+ Commercial Development Plan is tailored to the career needs of serving and former military job seekers aged 50 years plus.

Designed to run over 6 months, the course combines a focus on understanding the lessons of the past to help plan for your future with a traditional classroom-based introduction to the financial and commercial skills needed in business.


Part One aims to hone your ability to respond to changing circumstances through personal insights and core competencies. Centred on the principles of personal leadership, the course gets you focussed on achieving your personal and career goals.

Run virtually; delegates will be asked to participate in two half-day training sessions, group work and provide a video film plus complete a detailed questionnaire. Follow-up sessions run until October 2021.

Part Two helps you understand how to transfer existing skills and knowledge into a business environment by strengthening your leadership and strategic skill sets whilst demystifying financial and commercial jargon commonly used within business.

This course element will be instructional and will be undertaken face to face in London the week commencing May 17th for 4 days.


Reasons to apply for the 50+ Commercial Development Plan:

  • Focus your actions on achieving your personal or career goals
  • Learn how to adopt a resilient and purposeful approach to finding your next job
  • Discover how you can best find your ‘fit’ in civilian employment
  • Understand why employers are asking for more than ‘leadership skills’
  • Develop your business knowledge and commercial skills
  • Work alongside serving and former military job seekers in the same position as yourself, learning from other

Developed by the OA, and financed by the Forces in Mind Trust, the course is not a short-term solution to job-hunting but a longer-term partnership to help you find your fit in your next career.

Registrations have now closed

Successful applicants will be individuals of a high calibre with a strong mind and skillset who are committed to succeeding. Application stages are:

  • Registration of interest. Deadline Friday 19th March
  • Initial application form to be completed - providing further personal and professional information. Deadline Monday 22nd March
  • Shortlisted applicants will be invited to answer a number of questions to camera. Deadline Monday 5th April
  • The final 16 successful candidates will be notified no later than Monday 12 April

This pilot course is being delivered free of charge to the successful applicants, and in return we ask for consistent dedication from our successful candidates. By registering you agree you will be available for the below key dates, including various follow ups during 2021 and into 2022. Key course dates are:

  • week of 12th April: Stage 1 Initial Questionnaire
  • week of 19th April : 90min 1-2-1 Coaching Sessions with Nigel Hughes
  • week of 26th April: Half-day Group Interaction with Nigel Hughes
  • 17th-20th May: OnBoarding Officers 4 day in-person course in London
  • Aug / Sept: Virtual 3-month check-up

OnBoarding Officers

OnBoarding Officers is an exclusive community for exiting military officers to help them transfer their skills into the commercial world and become world-class business leaders. Our objective is to provide Members with a commercially focused insight into the qualities required to transfer successfully post-service to secure executive or non-executive board positions.

Nigel Hughes

An experienced executive coach with a track record of optimising organisational performance through improved collaboration, increased personal effectiveness and establishing engaged cultures.

“Nigel’s work is transformative. A must do!”
Enderson Guimaraes, CEO PepsiCo Europe.

With a holistic approach, Nigel supports individuals and organisations to identify internal and external obstacles, develops creative approaches to overcome them and fosters boldness, confidence, and authenticity. He brings comprehensive strategic and operational leadership expertise through establishing and managing several successful organisations.


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