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

Coping with Redundancy

“How can this happen to me?” “I must have done something wrong” and “How can I tell my family and friends?” are three commonly experienced reactions to being made redundant by your employer.The topic of redundancy presents an important and deep-seated concern to not just the military but individuals employed in the civilian working world […]

13th 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

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 […]

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

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

Interview Success: Preparation is the Key

‘Practicality’, ‘mindset’, ‘research’ and ‘knowing yourself’ are the 4 pillars to a successful preparation process before interview.  With rich experience in training and development, CIPD qualified Career Consultant, Fiona Jackson, builds upon the accessible and often overlooked aspects of interview preparation and suggests some helpful methods in compartmentalising your planning. There’s nothing worse than arriving […]

27th 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

OA to Target Operations Management as a Career Option with New Workshop

The Officers’ Association will target Operations Management as a potential job sector for transitioning officers with a workshop in York, on Feb 15th, 2017. Hosted by Portakabin, the workshop will combine insight into the sector with practical experiences from key speakers as well as looking at the military qualifications that will translate across to the […]

Former Royal Engineers Officer recognised as Consultant of the Year by Turner & Townsend

After only two years in post as Principal Consultant, Richard Graybrook has been announced as Consultant of the Year by his employers Turner & Townsend, a world leading professional services company. Richard successfully transitioned from the forces to a career in management consultancy and now works within the programme performance sector within Turner & Townsend. […]

16th 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 […]

The informality of the civilian world of work offers significant opportunities to those in transition

“It’s 10 times easier to land a job when the boss hands your CV to the HR department, than when HR sees it first and hands it up to the boss,” says Adam Grainger, a Royal Marine for five years and now a financial consultant. As someone who has to apply for new contracts two […]

6th January 2017

“Don’t worry if you aren’t 100% certain what path to take, that’s normal.”

Alex Dow initially considered financial services and consulting as he wasn’t sure what direction he wanted to take after leaving the Army in 2011 as a Specialist Team Leader. However, after researching alternatives, he ended up working in his current role as Construction Operations Manager at Siemens, based in Manchester. Alex remotely manages a team […]

18th May 2016

Five Steps for Navigating Your Way to the Lifestyle you Want

How do you make a successful transition and decide which career to embark on? Take some time out to think about what you want and follow these steps for a smooth transition. Assess your interests & skills Sally Bibb, Founder of Engaging Minds advises considering what’s really important to you in your career. “What sort […]

A step into the world of investment

The pros outweigh the cons in the world of investment says Chris Dowling but be realistic about the world outside before you leave the Services – you’ll need to do some hard work before you can step straight into it. To utilise his Farsi and Dari linguist skills, Chris briefly contemplated working in NGOs while […]

Rupert Stevens: Senior product manager at Barclays Premier

Rupert Stevens could have stayed in his comfort zone once he’d left the Army, sticking to roles he had a great deal of experience in – his role in Counter Terrorism at the MOD saw him personally responsible for the management of the only Governmental ‘Global Kidnap Database’, and dealing with a high variety of […]

The benefits of working in a small company

According to Stuart Morris, of Henley Business School’s Centre for Entrepreneurship, around 60% of the UK’s working population is employed by businesses that have fewer than 250 employees. Morris also states that Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) tend to offer more imaginative packages so employees can have a better work-life balance. “Smaller businesses are being […]

Why management consultancies value the Armed Forces

Charlie Gordon from Capco explains how the key skills that ex-Military gained in the Armed Forces can really shine in management consultancy roles It is a nervous time when you are preparing to leave the military. The ‘all or nothing’ reality of a career in the military takes away the need to make a lot […]