My Military Transition Story – Meri Mayhew

My name is Meri Mayhew. I joined the RAF in 1989 and served as an Air Traffic Control Officer until 2003. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the RAF, particularly the interesting and varied roles, the camaraderie and the social life. A professional highlight was my tour in Afghanistan, running day-to-day air traffic operations at […]

27th September 2019

My voyage of discovery in the corporate world

Former British Army Officer Faith Zeal tells the OA of her personal transition story and how she decided on her new career. “Why did you join the Army?” is the most frequently asked question throughout my professional career to date. I hope not due to any perceived inadequacies, but rather interest in the motivations of […]

13th August 2019

The Five Lines of Operations that will Help your Transition – Part Two

With a background in Plans and Operations it’s no surprise that David Orr, a former Army officer, put a lot of thought into planning his transition. He shares his method and the lessons he learnt on the way. Read part one here. LOO3 – Build Online Profile Resettlement is effectively an exercise in personal promotion. […]

5th February 2019

“Without doubt, networking is vital for a successful transition”

David Picton shares his career journey from RAF officer to Interim Executive Director for Commercial and Procurement at Highways England. Can you give me an overview of your military career? I served as an RAF officer for 20 years – starting out with sponsorship through my A-levels and degree (as a university cadet), before joining […]

2nd November 2018

He Launched His New Career as Head of Information Security

Jake Barker left the Army in January 2018 to work for Redington, an investment consultancy. He shares how he achieved this senior position. What was the highlight of your military career? My highlight was probably a six-month close-combat tour of Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, in support of Special Forces. I went on to be commended for […]

17th August 2018

Teaching Under a Hot Tin Roof, by Richard Jones

Richard Jones, a former RAF officer, is travelling around the world with his family. He shares what lessons he has learnt on the way. I scarcely believe it is almost six months since I wrote about leaving my job to travel for a year with my family. I almost feel like a different person now, […]

18th June 2018

‘Joining the Armed Forces doesn’t hold 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