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From the Army to HSBC, by Angus Hutchinson

Angus Hutchinson, Global Training Manager, Commercial Banking at HSBC, shares his transition journey experiences and insights.

Tell me about your military career
I spent 18 years in the Royal Horse Artillery as a field gunner, leaving as a Major in 2002. While serving I was seconded to various training roles, including as a platoon commander at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and senior officer for artillery at the Combined Armed Tactics Course for majors.

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23rd January 2018: OA Webinar – KPMG – An Insight into Transitioning into the Corporate World

In this webinar we will be joined by Lesley Gold, senior recruiter in HR, and Sid Welham, COO Financial Services, a former officer in the Royal Welsh.

They will be discussing transitioning into the corporate world and myth busting the areas of consultancy ex-military can move into. They will also be exploring opportunities within KPMG and what skills are required to get your foot in the door.

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OA Shares Weekly Career Advice Across BFBS Radio

Officers’ Association (OA) Career Consultants will give employment and transition advice to Service Personnel on Armed Forces radio.

Every week, Chris Kaye, a presenter on the radio station for Catterick Garrison, will discuss with an OA Career Consultant a different aspect of starting a new career after leaving the Armed Forces. Upcoming topics include coping with the challenge of transition; preparing for interviews and networking. The interview will then be shared across the whole British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS) network.

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New Year New Career

Make 2018 the year you get the job you want.

If at the end of last year you were feeling dissatisfied with the direction you career was heading in, then you might want to consider a change. Easier said than done, but engineering a career move or a change in role is perfectly possible, provided you plan carefully and make the effort. Here are some top tips.

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16th January 2018: OA Webinar – The Importance of Personal Resilience for a Successful Transition

Transition from the military world to the civilian workplace can be an exciting and personally enriching experience.

This process is not always easy and having a high level of personal resilience is important in helping to sustain motivation and achieve goals. Recent research has confirmed that resilience is a skill which can be learned or developed.

In our webinar ex-officer Dennis Flynn will explain how we each have the capacity to choose our mindset and how this choice underpins how we respond to setbacks and stress.

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17th January 2018: The Leaders Club Networking – Lord Hennessy, The State of British Politics – London

The Officers’ Association (OA) has secured a corporate membership with The Leaders Club, a networking group that meets in London. This will allow up to 5 serving or former officers from the OA community to join their monthly networking events. If you wish to attend simply click ‘Register’; places will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

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Applications open for 2018 Media Course at the Forces Media Academy

The Forces Media Academy is inviting applications from service leavers, veterans, and reservists to embark on a free one-year Higher National Certificate (HNC) Media Production Course.

The Academy, which is part of the Services Sound & Vision Corporation (SSVC), provides 15 ex-service personnel per year with the training, experience and qualifications they need to forge successful careers in the media, whether videography, digital, TV or radio.

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OA Helps Service Leavers with Employment Symposium

On Tuesday 12th December, the OA held a national employment Symposium at Deloitte’s London headquarters.

Former and serving officers in the Armed Forces attended to gain insight into different sectors and industries, as well as key tips for a successful transition into civilian employment. The main talks were live streamed via social media, and people watched from across the UK and abroad, including Kuwait.

Escape the City – a leading global career change consultancy, which helps people find a career they love – gave the key note speech.

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Interview with Sophie Maynard, Forces Media Academy Student

The OA spoke to Sophie Maynard about studying Creative Media Production.

Tell me about your Service history
I joined the Royal Navy in November 2014, and became a Warfare Officer. I left as a Sub Lieutenant in October 2017.

What is the Forces Media Academy?
The Academy is for Service leavers and veterans wanting to work in the media, including television, film, radio, digital and marketing. It launched in September 2017 and offers a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Creative Media Production.

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Career Consultant Becomes Army Reserve Officer

Graeme Taylor, a freelance career consultant for the OA, recently commissioned.

Graeme had a long career in the Army as a Royal Engineer. In the latter part of his regular career he focused on outdoor education and performance coaching, before leaving to start his own business as an executive coach and management consultant. Graeme has worked with many high profile organisations, including Ernst & Young, Carillion, Ministry of Defence, NHS and the Home Office.

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