Virtual Employment Forum 21st May

Posted: 15th May 2020

OA Employment Forum moves online to support officer job seekers and welcomes employers looking to recruit

Officers looking to leave the Services, or those who have already left and are looking for their next role in the civilian jobs market, will have the opportunity to hear from industry experts, employers and business professionals at the OA Virtual Employment Forum on Thursday 21st May 2020.

Employers attending the Forum are actively seeking to recruit officers who in turn will be able to benefit and learn from them as they talk through interview skills, online platforms and job-hunting techniques.

The Forum will also offer the chance to focus on keeping positive and proactive in job searches, with the reassurance that their skills as a former officer are in-demand.

Practical advice on how to build an online personal brand, how to create a job search narrative and help in understanding how to refine a job search are all covered in the information packed forum. Guests speaking at the event are ex-officers who have gone on to work successfully in the civilian job market, giving insight into the challenges and rewards they faced as they embarked in a new role.

The event is being run in a virtual setting and is designed to replicate the more traditional employment forums the OA holds.

Lee Holloway, Chief Executive Officer of the Officers’ Association (OA) commented: 

“Former officers have gone through one of the toughest recruitment and training programmes in the world. As a result, they are well equipped to tackle the management and leadership challenges in today’s Covid-19 hit economy.

The OA Virtual Employment Forum gives officers the chance to prepare for their next career, along with being put in front of recruiters actively seeking to employ former officers.”

Rupert Steven, former officer, Grenadier Guards and now Lead Product Manager with Metro Bank said:

“Military personnel are very good at delivering results and keeping teams and groups focused on the task at hand, while not getting distracted by minor events that may be going on concurrently.

The proactive and focused mind-sets, driven personalities and problem-solving approach that becomes embedded in officers are hugely beneficial, regardless of industry and job role. This combination ensures officers are effective agents for delivering tangible actions and workloads.”

The OA Virtual Employment Forum Programme

10:00-10:15 Dial-in
10:15-10:20 Executive welcome with Lee Holloway, CEO, Officer's Association
10:20-10:30 Keeping positive and proactive in your job search
                        with OA Career Consultants Fiona Jackson and Lisa Jones
10:30-11:00 Virtual recruitment: Online interviews and on-Boarding
                        with OA Consultants Fiona and Lisa and former officer Andy Brown
11:00-11:30 Personal branding: Building your online narrative
                       with Adam Waters, Director, BFBS Academy and Creative
11:30-12:30 Military vs Civilian Management:
Employer presentations

  • 11:30 Metro Bank with Rupert Stevens, Lead Mortgage Product Manager
  • 11:45 Thames Water
  • 12:00 Vodafone with Steve Davis, Client Director, UK Defence
  • 12:15 Q&A

12:30-13:30 Break

13:30-14:00 CampaignForce: Service leavers into politic
                        with Jonny Ball, Founder, CampaignForce
14:00-14:30 Non-Executive Director opportunities
                        with Jo Haigh, Chief Executive, OnBoarding Officers
14:30-15:00 Current pension advice
                        with Major General Neil Marshall, Chief Executive, Forces Pension Trust
15:00-15:30 Market update: Current and predicted recruitment trends
                        with Louise Chaplin, Partner, Eton Bridge Partners Ltd
15:30-16:15 Q&A panel
                       with OA's CEO, Career Consultants and Employer Engagement Managers
16:15-16:30 Closing remarks

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