27th November 2018: External Event – Financial Sector Networking Evening – London

The UK branch of the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Military Network invites you to attend our Service Leavers networking evening. Hear from the EMEA Co-Chairs of the network followed by insights from those who’ve already made a successful transition into the corporate environment. This is a great way for you to explore the differences/similarities […]

27th November 2017

12th December 2018: External Event – Two Roses Networking Event – Christmas Drinks – Leeds

Two Roses 6th Annual Christmas drinks will be held at Chaophraya, Tuesday 12 December.  It is an informal affair so arrive as and when you can, feel free to bring colleagues along, as ever the focus for the group is on advancing former Armed Forces members in business and the professions. The Two Roses business […]

12th December 2017

How Do You Use Social Media to Network?

Louise Chaplin is a Partner and Head of Board Practice at Eton Bridge Partners, which specialises in executive search and interim management. A former Army officer, Louise outlines the crucial role social media plays in the job market. Social media is essential for building a new career after leaving the Armed Forces. By using social […]

15th October 2018

10th December 2018: Officers’ Careers Forum – London

Discover. Connect. Succeed. The Officers’ Association (OA) are trusted experts in the transition space for serving and former officers. Join us at the Officers’ Careers Forum to hear from a range of speakers, industry leaders, and employers across a breadth of sectors. Discover. Gain an insight into civilian employment, and how to capitalise on the […]

10th December 2017

How the OA Employment Symposium Helped this Former Colonel to Find His Next Career

Nick Channer, a former Colonel in the Royal Regiment of Scotland, networked with confidence after attending an OA career event, leading to his first civilian role. Nick served in the Army for 35 years, leaving in June 2018. He spent the last four years as Chief of Staff for British Forces Germany, responsible for the […]

5th July 2018

LinkedIn has 550 Million Members: How Will You Build a New Career If You’re Not One of Them?

Lincoln Coutts is a Social Media Consultant with 17 years of experience. He shares his top tips on using social media in your professional life. Social media is a great way to research career areas you are unfamiliar with and have no contacts in. Twitter is often dismissed as somewhere people shout nonsense, but there […]

4th July 2018

Networking for knowledge – Get the most out of building connections in your transition

With over 70% of jobs for transitioning officers coming from networking, its importance can’t be denied and at the OA we encourage people to take the opportunity to network, gain knowledge and build long term connections. In this webinar Sophia Koniarska, Director of Programmes and Partnerships at The Officers’ Association, explores the importance of networking, […]

29th May 2018

How a Career Consultation Helped Antony

Antony was forced to leave the Royal Marines for health reasons, but an OA career consultation provided the turning point he needed to find new employment. Shortly after joining the Royal Marines, Antony Thompson was deployed to Afghanistan in January 2009. He later served in intelligence roles, and then in 2013 was selected for officer […]

23rd May 2018

How do you network effectively?

Neil Williams, a former Royal Marines officer and now CEO of recruitment agency Crucial Group Ltd, shares his networking top tips. When I decided to leave the Royal Marines I had no plan other than doing ‘something in business’. Networking was vital in helping me identify and pursue a new career. At its heart, networking […]

10th May 2018

Opportunities in insurance with Lloyd’s Military Network

This webinar looks at the diverse opportunities in the London Insurance Market open to service leavers, often with help from the Lloyds Military Network. We are joined by Ben Howell (PPL Technical and Change Project Manager), giving an introduction into Commercial Insurance, the Lloyds Market and providing first-hand insight into the Lloyds Military Network. Much […]

24th April 2018

Why Networking Matters, by Karen Munro

Karen Munro, a Careers Coach and Trainer, shares her insights on networking. I see clients all the time who say they feel so despondent when they are searching for work and how “there’s just nothing out there!” They tell me about how they are spending hours every day combing all the key internet jobsites. Many of them […]

31st January 2018

Network to Develop Your Leadership Style, by Stephen Fletcher

Stephen Fletcher, Founder of The Leaders Club, discusses leadership and how our networking event in Bristol will help you. About Stephen Stephen Fletcher is the founder and Chief Executive of The Leaders Club (TLC). What is The Leaders Club (TLC)? TLC is a networking organisation for inspiring and developing leaders founded in 2009. Its motto […]

13th October 2017

Why networking matters, by Sophia Koniarska

Sophia Koniarska, OA Regional Business Development Manager (West), explains why you need to network effectively. Lifestyle not diet Increasingly people find work through networking, so it is vital you master this skill. Networking is a great way to gain knowledge, meet interesting people and find opportunities. People can be quite negative about networking, often confusing […]

27th September 2017

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

How to Get the Most Out of Networking Events

Join OA Careers Consultant, Keith Spencer, to find out more about how to get the most out of networking events. Keith covers top-tips, image projection and much more.   Watch the webinar:  

21st March 2017

The Importance of Networking – Ask the Expert on Facebook Live

In this Facebook Live session we are joined by former British Army officer turned networking guru and life coach – Anna-Marie Watson. We discuss key topics including the important of networking, the 7 p’s and how it can make you more confident in everyday life.   Watch the broadcast:

28th November 2016

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

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 in […]

27th April 2017

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

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