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

Three Steps for a Smoother Transition into a Civilian Career

There are many ways to get job ready when you leave the Armed Forces, but here are three effective approaches that worked for these former officers. Book an OA career consultation A career consultation is personal, being tailored to your requirements. It can help you identify suitable job roles, and the steps needed to achieve […]

3rd May 2018

Top Tips For Transition – Ask the Expert on Facebook Live

You may be at the stage where you’re clear about the career path you want to take and have already done your research. Or you may be overwhelmed by the amount of options out there. Don’t worry, everyone’s transition is different so don’t be concerned if you’re still unsure. We are joined by in-house transition […]

19th October 2016

Transition from the Military to the Financial Services Industry on Facebook Live

In this week’s Facebook Live broadcast we are joined by Milo from the Capco office in London, as he discusses his own personal transition from the military into the financial services industry.   Watch the broadcast:    

3rd November 2016

The Process of Career Transition

Are you unsure how to get your resettlement started? Are you concerned about your progress? In this webinar we discuss the process of transitioning out of the Armed Services. We look at the best practice for setting up your life as you enter the civilian world and give an insight into the goals you should […]

24th June 2014

‘Joining the Armed Forces doesn’t put 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

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 […]

27th April 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

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

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 […]

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 […]

14th March 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 […]

1st March 2017

Freelancing – risky business or your best decision yet?

Do your transition plans automatically discount the idea of going freelance? Ever find yourself wondering if you can make a living working for yourself? Or maybe you’ve already transitioned and feel that now could be the right time to find something more gratifying by working for yourself. If you can charge for your knowledge and […]

25th 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

Consultant of the Year’s Top Tips on Transitioning

Richard Graybrook is a Principal Management Consultant at Turner & Townsend where he has been recognised as their 2016 Consultant of the Year. Richard started working life as a tradesman in the construction sector before enlisting as a combat engineer in the Army, in a career spanning thirty years, and one that saw him commissioned […]

16th January 2017

From the recruiter’s perspective

Sam Tripuraneni’s presentation, at our latest symposium, did exude an effortless charm we would all like to demonstrate in an interview. However, he warned us vehemently against donning a cock-sure attitude, the kind that officers can sometimes be guilty of. As he put it, he has been ‘disappointed, frustrated and downright shocked by what some […]

16th May 2016

Top Tips for Transition

If you’re currently in the early stages of planning – or are going through – your transition, then garner some invaluable advice from former officer in the Mercian Regiment Harry Grubb. Harry has helped many Service Leavers over the past two years since founding Dettingen Resources, which provides consultancy, project management and staffing support to […]

9th June 2015