23rd October 2018: OA Event – Project Management Workshop – Birmingham

With plenty of transferable skills and experience, many Service leavers transition into a successful civilian career in Project Management upon leaving the Forces. Use this opportunity to discover more about the realities of Project Management and how it has the potential to fit your career aspirations, exploring a variety of industries, roles, and routes in. […]

7th March 2017

From RAF Logistics Officer to Professional Services and Project Management Consultancy

Michele Crossman, former RAF Logistics Officer, now a Senior Project Manager in SNC-Lavalin’s Nuclear & Power EMEA business, provides her perspective of transition. She will share her journey into professional services and project management consultancy at SNC-Lavalin (SNC-Lavalin acquired Atkins in July 2017), and give tips on how to make the most of your transferable […]

29th August 2018

The Fundamentals of Project Management

What makes Project Management such an appealing career for Service Leavers? 90% of global senior executives and project management experts say good project management is key to delivering successful results and gaining a competitive edge. For service leavers, the military mindset, can-do approach and adaptability of service leavers is often ideal for the range and […]

19th August 2014

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

Exploring the many facets of Project Management

Why does project management continue to be such a popular choice for service leavers? The answer to this lies in some of the diverse career opportunities available and in the skills required for the discipline. Many elements of these were uncovered during the OA’s Project Management Workshop held on Wednesday 15th February at NCVO in […]

3rd March 2017

Transition Story: making your military skills work for you

The skills and knowledge you gain throughout your military career are of enormous value to business. This is the resounding message coming from organisations like Virgin Money, who now actively recruit former service personnel in recognition of their skill sets and the value they add to their business. Richard Garman is a perfect example of […]

13th January 2017

Few places remain at Tesco armed forces recruitment event

Think Tesco is all about stacking shelves? Think again. Tesco has launched a drive to recruit former military personnel into high level careers across the company, offering jobs in everything from communications to logistics, security to project management. Special Insight Event on careers in Tesco 1st February 2017, Tesco HQ, Welwyn Garden City Note: Nearly […]

9th January 2017

Showing how your military background makes you the perfect candidate for working in HR

Job hunting success in the finance sector is all about clearly matching your military experience with the competencies required by the job. So says Barney Meehan, former Army Captain and now HR Project Manager for Employee Services at Nationwide Building Society. Think ahead Ahead of the application process and interview, spend time considering the competencies […]

4th January 2017

Project Management – Essential Commercial Skills

As the world continues to change at a rapid pace, it is becoming essential to take the time to invest in your professional development whether you’re in the services, making the transition, or in civilian employment. This webinar is a combination of insights from BMC’s Project Management Courses. Topics discussed include: Providing a broad understanding of […]

15th November 2016

A Day in Life of… A Consultant Project Manager

Murray Bryant is a Project Manager at Capgemini, working for a utilities company as part of the organisation’s Programme Leadership & Change division. Here is what a typical ‘Day in Life’ of a consultant project manager can look like. 07:00 Wake up. I like to get my brain into gear as quickly as possible in […]

14th September 2016

A Day in the Life of… A Management Consultant

Richard Graybrook works as a Principal Consultant for Turner & Townsend, a global Project and Programme Management consultancy firm. Here is an overview of some of the key tasks he undertakes in his role.  “I’ll start by saying that my typical day has gone a full 180 degrees from my life in the Royal Engineers. […]

6th September 2016

A Day in the Life of… A Senior Project Manager

Noel Brown was an Officer in the Royal Engineers, training at Sandhurst in 2004/05. He experienced a variety of roles during his time in the Royal Engineers, including operational tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He left in 2013 at the end of his short service commission. Noel spoke to the OA about his journey to […]

26th July 2016

“Nationwide’s Core Values Are Very Similar to the Military’s”

It wasn’t just the prospect of lunchtime jogs in glorious, green fields that attracted Nick Apps and Simon Feaver to Nationwide’s Wiltshire headquarters. Although, they’re certainly a bonus.. Here, two former officers discuss their career as Project Managers in Financial Services. Initially, neither Nick Apps or Simon Feaver considered Financial Services as a suitable career […]

18th May 2016

What’s it like to be a Project Manager at Zurich? – William Steel

William Steel is currently a PM at Zurich Insurance where he works within a team of six, managing a large portfolio of IT programmes. What led you to decide on a career in project management? What elements of it particularly appealed to you? Reflecting on my career a few years before I retired, I realised […]

Insight into Project Management – Nationwide

Do you want to work for an organisation that highly values ex-military? Do you want to work in Financial Services, but not necessarily in London? Then consider a career with Nationwide. Project Managers Simon Feaver and Nick Apps discuss what a career in project management with Nationwide entails and how their background in the Services […]

5th May 2015

Project Management – The Hiring Manager View

What does a hiring manager look for when employing a project manager? Take this opportunity to find out firsthand from guest speaker Richard Palmer, Future Sites Director for Forest Holidays, as he reveals what convinces him to make an offer of employment. As this is an area of work often considered by officers, he will […]

3rd March 2015

72% of you Think Project Management is Your Best Fit for Roles in Finance

46% of Financial Services organisations predict a rise in employment in the next quarter and interestingly, two-thirds of those jobs are available outside London. BNY Mellon’s Global Talent Aquisition Manager Andrea Crompton and our own Lisa Jones, discuss how to move into this ever-expanding sector, with roles that aren’t just based in London. Not as […]

23rd May 2014