Research: The more information you have, the better decisions you make

Karen Munro is an independent Career Coach, passionate about working with clients to enable them to make informed career choices. With so many recruitment agencies out there and massive online recruiters like Indeed and TotalJobs, is it really necessary to research the job market yourself? Don’t they do all the hard work for you so […]

8th August 2019

Did you leave the Forces after the age of 50? We want to hear from you

We are researching the experiences of those who left the Armed Forces at age 50 +, to understand the employment barriers they face. Of the thousands of people who leave the Armed Forces every year around 1,000 of them are aged 50+. Many of those who leave aged 50 or over have reported difficulties deciding […]

22nd November 2018

Half of Military Families Feel ‘Disadvantaged About Family Life’

According to a new Ministry of Defence (MoD) report, which surveyed more than 5,000 spouses and civil partners of regular trained Service Personnel In the UK Tri-Service Families Continuous Attitude Survey 2018, 50% of respondents said their family life was disadvantaged compared to the general public. 57% feel negatively about the amount of separation from […]

31st 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

OA Receives Grant to Research the Transition Challenges of Service Leavers Aged 50 Plus

Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) has awarded £115K to the OA, to identify the transition challenges and barriers that all ranks of Service leavers aged 50 plus face when entering civilian employment. This is the first time the specific challenges that older Service leavers encounter on the transition pathway will be examined. Spanning a year, […]

13th March 2018

How to research for a successful transition, by Lisa Jones

Lisa Jones is a Career Consultant at the OA. She shares her top tips on researching to find the right career after leaving the Armed Forces. Start Early The earlier you start the more time you will give yourself, and be able to do justice to your ‘reconnaissance’. There are so many opportunities out there, […]

8th February 2018

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

OA Leads Discussion on Recruiting Veterans Aged 50 plus

Yesterday the OA launched a roundtable discussion, in partnership with Alexander Mann Solutions (AMS), on recruiting veterans aged 50 plus. Top UK companies attended the event hosted by AMS at their London headquarters. The discussion focused on ‘Older Veterans – An Untapped Talent?’ a report which compared the transition experience of Veterans leaving the Services […]

12th October 2017

Former officer community faces new challenges

A new report, commissioned by the Officers’ Association and funded by Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT), is launched today and provides a definitive demographic profile of the serving and ex-officer community.The Report, Demographic Research of the Serving and Former Officer Community, states that there are over 26,820 serving UK officers, and an estimated 371,600 veteran officers in […]

1st March 2017

Report calls for employers to recognise the benefits of veterans to UK businesses

Research published today by Deloitte, the business advisory firm, in collaboration with armed forces charities the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) and the Officers’ Association, reveals a ‘stark disconnect between the rhetoric and the reality’ of veteran employment.‘Veterans Work: Recognising the potential of ex-Service personnel’ highlights that – despite more than 1,000 businesses signing the […]

18th November 2016