Transition Story: taking charge of your own destiny

As much as a broad understanding of the commercial world will prepare you for a career in wealth management, ‘it’s whether or not you possess a genuine interest in people that will determine your success.’ Simon Roffey’s opinion may surprise those who still associate the sector with a rather more money-driven attitude – an outdated […]

25th May 2017

Everything you need to know about a career in facilities management

The health, well-being and productivity of staff is largely down to workplace design – facilities management is about making buildings work and the integration of processes within an organisation run as smoothly as possible. In short – it’s about ‘managing processes’. And the good news is that the role facilities management plays in maintaining the […]

22nd May 2017

‘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

Transition Story: let your curiosity lead the way

You may be forgiven for thinking that Rachel’s voluntary commitments at Barclays sound as demanding and time consuming as her full-time work. From her activities as co-chair of one of the Barclay’s Women’s Initiative Networks, to organising the annual Light The Night Dragon Boat race for Bloodwise and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Rachel also […]

9th May 2017

Transition Story: starting with a blank piece of paper

Ade Clewlow is an ‘internationalist at heart’ and it shows from his varied experiences across the globe – from a Jane’s Defence Weekly correspondent and freelance journalist with the BBC in Portugal, to an education professional at the Qatari Staff College, and strategic communications expert in Somalia. During his career as a Royal Signals Officer, […]

5th May 2017

The Value of Attending Insight Days

During your transition journey you’re likely to hear a lot of talk about the importance of attending networking events, careers fairs, online tutorials and insight days.  Insight days are often overlooked.  Attending them can be seen as a bit of a ‘luxury’ yet these events are run by employers with the specific purpose of giving […]

2nd May 2017

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

Transportation sector comes together to showcase second career opportunities for Service leavers

The OA and Siemens were joined by Network Rail, Northern Rail, Transport for London and Alan Dicks Communication at the National Training Academy for Rail in Northampton, on 30 March, to provide an insight day for Service leavers.Phil Heathcote, Sales Director for Siemens Rail Systems stated that rail passengers numbers were now at the same […]

A better work and life balance with a career in interim management

Pursuing a career in interim management can be an interesting choice in terms of satisfaction, reward and a better work/life balance. You will be given the chance to make a real impact on a number of contrasting businesses and often be offered highly competitive rates of pay. But how do you know whether you possess […]

11th April 2017

A Day in the Life of…Estates Management

As a nuclear submarine engineer in the Navy, Gareth thrived off solving problems in a technical environment working alongside good people.His new job as Deputy Head of Estates Maintenance at University Hospital Southampton (UHS) NHS Foundation Trust presents more than enough of all of these aspects on a daily basis.Although it may sound like something […]

14th March 2017

OA delighted to support a new Networking Group in Birmingham

Former Army Officer Mark Wilson Ramsay is primed to bring former and serving military officers together as he sets up a new networking group based in Birmingham. The networking group will be known as the Midlands Military Meet (M3) and will meet for the first time on 2nd March, 19.30-21.30 at The Old Contemptibles, 176 Edmund […]

2nd February 2017

Do Cover Letters Really Matter?

The process used to apply for jobs has changed significantly over the years. A far cry from hand delivered CVs and the odd phone call, job applications can now be submitted at the click of a finger. With the growing increase of digitalisation, cover letters are becoming less common than ever; most job applications now […]

31st January 2017

Transition Story: FTSE 100 – The Power of Career Planning

FTSE 100: In control of your career Marcus Denison left the army as a Captain in 2013 and joined Tesco as a buying manager. He’s now Head of Business Resilience and chair of Tesco’s own Armed Forces Network. Here he shares his career journey, with tips for transitioning to FTSE 100 companies. What were your […]

19th January 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

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 and […]

22nd August 2016