You’re The Best Person For The Job But Can You Prove it?

Belonging to a professional body can really help build your new career. Stephen Day, a former Army captain and now an Associate Director at WYG a professional services firm, shares how belonging to one can help. Being a member of a professional body helps give you credibility when applying for jobs. They are independent organisations […]

14th August 2018

Why the Best People for the Job Don’t Just Talk About Themselves

Interviews are sometimes daunting and it can be difficult to know exactly what an employer wants. Ben Gledhill, Head of Resourcing at Yodel, shares his thoughts on how to perform well. The key is to remain as calm as possible. You can prepare well for interviews, but if you are not relaxed then all the […]

6th August 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

This Former Officer is Now a Recruitment Expert, Here’s His Advice on Negotiating Your Salary

Simon Treadgold served in the Army for 20 years and is now Head of Recruiting at Capstar, which provides secure travel and lifestyle management services to corporate and private clients, and is run by former Army officers. When negotiating a salary you must manage your expectations. If you successfully apply for a job with a […]

27th June 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

Why is Cyber Security a Good Career Option for Veterans?

Nick Hartley, a former RAF Group Captain now working in business development for BT Security, explains why cyber security is a good industry for veterans. Cyber security is a broad and diverse industry, with different opportunities. Many of the skills and experiences veterans have are highly sought after in the industry. Working in cyber security […]

18th April 2018

What does a career in HR involve?

Fiona Jackson, OA Career Consultant, shares her insights into working in HR There are many misunderstandings about the purpose of HR. Many Service leavers may have worked in different aspects of HR but probably not the whole range. HR is a varied and diverse industry, which is part of the corporate strategy of an organisation. […]

28th March 2018

Want to Start Your Own Business? By Ren Kapur

Ren Kapur, Founder and Chief Executive of X-Forces, shares her top tips. There are pros and cons to starting your own business, here is what you should consider. Pros Being your own boss: you are in control of what you do, when and how. Follow your passions: you are free to create a business around […]

21st December 2017

Research to Find the Right Career, by Ben Keene

Ben Keene, from Escape the City, shares his top tips. Researching career paths is important, but it is vital to act on your findings. First ask yourself, what did you like about being in the Armed Forces? What skills did you gain and want to continue using? Identifying your interests and skills will help to […]

16th November 2017

Pathfinder Resettlement Awards 2016

Congratulations to all the finalists and winners of the Pathfinder resettlement awards last night. Special mention to Carillion who won the first Award for Excellence in Work Experience Programmes for Service Leavers ahead of Lloyds Military Network and Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital.  

7th November 2016

Congratulations to Resettlement Awards Finalists

Congratulations to all the finalists of the Nationwide Pathfinder Resettlement Awards – the award ceremony is taking place on the 2nd November in Manchester. The Officers’ Association are delighted to be the sponsors of the Award for Excellence in Work Experience Programmes for Service Leavers – This award will go to the organisation demonstrating excellence […]

20th October 2016

OA announce their backing of the Nationwide Resettlement Awards 2016

The OA are pleased to announce their backing of the Nationwide Resettlement Awards 2016. The Awards exist to celebrate the achievements and success military personnel have made in their transition into civilian life and to acknowledge the efforts of organisations offering support to the Service Leaver during this transition. Ten awards are presented at the event […]

22nd August 2016