CAREER CONSULTATIONS

CAREER CONSULTATIONS

An essential step on your resettlement journey

Each military transition is different and presents its own unique challenges, which is why a tailored consultation with an OA expert can be an essential step to achieving the ex-military career you are seeking. 

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“I would recommend the OA to anyone considering their next career. The OA is an excellent source of advice and guidance on all aspects of post military careers. CV and interview coaching particularly good and free!”

Patrick Logan, Army, Colonel 

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MEET OUR EXPERTS

Fiona Jackson

Fiona is a qualified HR professional with a focus on learning and development, talent management, succession planning and recruitment. She is also an experienced coach and mentor.

After an eight-year career as an Army officer, Fiona joined the John Lewis Partnership. She recruited and trained staff for new department store openings, as well as running outplacement programmes for staff relocating after taking redundancy or early retirement. 

More recently, Fiona has worked in the third sector, first in a training and recruitment role for the charity Voluntary Services Overseas and then as a Career Consultant for the OA.

A few years ago, she supported officers being made redundant because of defence cuts. This year she has worked with two of her colleagues designing and delivering an outplacement programme for staff at the Union Jack Club in London. 

“The career consultation, CV advice, network and job opportunities Fiona supplied rapidly reduced that anxiety level. It was replaced with a clear vision, reinforced with confidence and some exciting job opportunities to chase.”

Lisa Jones

Lisa started her career as an Army officer, serving in Bosnia, Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Germany, the British Embassy in Paris and Afghanistan. Her experiences gave her an excellent foundation in people development and management.

After almost 10 years’ service, Lisa joined a major US investment bank where she ran their Listed Derivatives Client Services team. Here she was involved in several recruitment initiatives, including graduate and internship programmes as well as the growth and development of her team. 

Upon joining the OA as a Career Consultant, Lisa was involved in helping Service leavers through an extensive redundancy programme, involving 11,000 personnel over four years. She also helped to deliver an external outplacement programme for a military-related charity in 2020.

Lisa is a qualified coach and mentor and has a wealth of experience to draw upon, including being made redundant herself. 

“Really knowledgeable consultant, easy to talk to, and gave really useful tips and advice for someone at my stage of resettlement. Lisa gave constructive criticism in a sensitive and helpful way, and used military examples to help me better understand aspects of civilian work. Really impressed and grateful that the service exists. Thank you!”

OUR CAREER CONSULTATIONS ARE

Completely free and confidential   

Open to all serving and former officers

Taken by experts who are former officers 

A gateway to the latest jobs for ex-military

Completely free and confidential   

Open to all serving and former officers

Taken by experienced experts who are former officers 

A gateway to the latest jobs for
ex-military

WE CAN HELP WITH

"The session was outstanding, both for the professional guidance and advice and for a profound understanding of where I should be pitching myself based on my experience, knowledge and qualifications."

Barry Jessel, Squadron Leader
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