Leavers’ Link

The Leavers Link is a voluntary organisation run with the exclusive aim of helping business easily connect with the many high quality, skilled people leaving the UK Armed Forces. Our objectives are 3 fold; Providing business with direct access, at zero cost, to a rich vein of talented, motivated, flexible and resilient people who will […]

18th July 2017

Five Key Steps to Building a Military Network

Networks are an effective way to gain insights, connections and confidence in your future plans. Pete Liddle, OA Business Development Manager (North), recently ran a webinar on Building a Military Network, with Alex Nancolas and John Mayo. They run Two Roses, a business networking group in the North of England for former members of the Armed […]

14th June 2017

Building a Military Network

Network. Network. Network. This is a common theme whenever anyone is talking about transition or finding that next role. And it is effective: We estimate that 70% of Service leavers secure roles through their network. But what do you do if there is not a network in the area you are looking to settle? This […]

22nd May 2017

Transition Story: taking charge of your own destiny

As much as a broad understanding of the commercial world will prepare you for a career in wealth management, ‘it’s whether or not you possess a genuine interest in people that will determine your success.’ Simon Roffey’s opinion may surprise those who still associate the sector with a rather more money-driven attitude – an outdated […]

25th May 2017

Career and vocational opportunities in the land-based sector

Deciding on a new career in the civilian working world can be a daunting prospect for many Service leavers. For those of you facing a resettlement brick wall will perhaps feel that life behind a computer screen just isn’t for you. Maybe you’ve become accustomed to a life outdoors but simply don’t know how to go […]

19th May 2017

Financial Services: It’s not just a numbers game

Many believe that money is at the absolute heart of Financial Services and the career paths involved remain unvaried but the OA’s recent Pathfinder article revealed that there’s so much more to the sector than numbers… From FinTech (financial technology) start-ups to operations management and cyber security the diversity of roles means that there is […]

17th May 2017

‘Joining the Armed Forces doesn’t put you back in your career – it makes you more marketable’

Within five minutes of speaking to Francis, you quickly realise that he isn’t your archetypal private banker. Certainly he is well spoken, erudite and passionate as you would expect, but it’s around helping others to recognise their strengths and abilities to make the most of translating their military skills, that really gets him engaged. Francis […]

15th May 2017

Transition Story: let your curiosity lead the way

You may be forgiven for thinking that Rachel’s voluntary commitments at Barclays sound as demanding and time consuming as her full-time work. From her activities as co-chair of one of the Barclay’s Women’s Initiative Networks, to organising the annual Light The Night Dragon Boat race for Bloodwise and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Rachel also […]

9th May 2017

Landing the right role – Careers with HSBC

After a career spanning 20 years in the Royal Marines, Steven Lee is now a Delivery and Assurance Director at HSBC. He joined us to discuss his transition timeline and the range of recruitment opportunities available at HSBC ahead of the forthcoming recruitment day HSBC are hosting. Since joining HSBC in 2014, Steven is now […]

27th April 2017

Operations Management – getting things done

A career in operations management demands an expert ability to get things done. A popular career choice for ex-military personnel, operations management focuses on streamlining processes as effectively as possible and requires the ability to apply logical thinking, especially when under pressure. As the industry continues to change and grow, it also offers exciting opportunities […]

12th April 2017

Transportation sector comes together to showcase second career opportunities for Service leavers

The OA and Siemens were joined by Network Rail, Northern Rail, Transport for London and Alan Dicks Communication at the National Training Academy for Rail in Northampton, on 30 March, to provide an insight day for Service leavers. Phil Heathcote, Sales Director for Siemens Rail Systems stated that rail passengers numbers were now at the […]

OA confirms Employment Symposium in York, 28th June 2017

The OA will run the first of two Employment Symposia this year, the first of which will be held at the Network Rail Training Centre, York. The Employment Symposium will bring together key employers – both regional and national, industry experts and OA network contacts and supporters to provide a day of industry expertise and […]

11th April 2017

Virgin Money demonstrate their support for the Armed Forces community and sign the Covenant

The Officers’ Association attended the event on Wednesday 29 March when Jayne-Anne Gadhia, Chief Executive Officer at Virgin Money, officially signed the Armed Forces Covenant. This is the culmination of 18 months of preparation to ensure that the business would meet its commitments to the Armed Forces community. During this time, Virgin Money had already […]

5th April 2017

The Defence Sector – Seamless Transition for Service Leavers?

With productivity up by 29% over the past five years and an annual turnover of £24bn, the defence sector remains a buoyant industry.  The sense of confidence from the sector and its reputation for continual innovation means it still holds its interest and value for Service leavers looking for their next career step. Following a […]

21st March 2017

OA Extends Military Skills Agenda with new London based Employers Knowledge Swap event

The OA are to repeat the success of previous employer insight days by bringing together employers looking to translate military skills within the civilian workplace. Employers Knowledge Swap events set out to explore how a business is able to translate the skills gained in the military when seeking to attract, select and develop talent within […]

10th March 2017

OA to run Leeds Project Management Workshop based on success of York event

“I thought it was a really excellent event. Very well judged, interesting insight and great networking. It was worth my while attending”, Nick Channer, Chief of Staff, Army. A recent OA led Operations Management Workshop in York explored the skills and experience required to transition from managing a project within the forces, to a career […]

2nd March 2017

OA to host dedicated break-out session at Tidworth Job Fair –‘The Service Leaver’s Journey’

The OA are delighted to be hosting a break-out seminar at Tidworth Job Fair on 15th March 2017 with former service personnel who have successfully transitioned into civilian life. Russ Haines will be sharing his own knowledge and experience of the transition process. Now Business Development Manager at ILM (City and Guilds Group), Russ will […]

28th February 2017

2017 is the year of the Virtual Careers Fair!

“A Virtual Event is a gathering of people sharing a common virtual environment on the web, rather than meeting in a physical location. Virtual events are highly interactive, looking and feeling a lot like their physical counterparts. Popular uses of virtual events include virtual tradeshows, virtual job fairs, virtual conferences and virtual companywide gatherings. Virtual […]

24th February 2017

OA’s drive for digitalisation continues with the launch of the Virtual Careers Fair

Following the launch of the OA’s employment App, we have continued the drive for digitalisation of our services with our first Virtual Careers Fair, to be held in June 2017.  Working in collaboration with social enterprise, SaluteMyJob, the Fair will be aimed at serving and former Service men and women seeking to transition into management […]

21st February 2017