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What You Need to Know About Starting Salaries

Getting the right salary for your next civilian job role can be difficult, but there are practical steps you can take.
Nick Everard, a former Army officer and Managing Director of J1 Consulting, and Fiona Jackson, an OA Career Consultant, share their advice.
Before negotiating the salary for your new job, understand the full pay package being offered. In addition to the salary, your pay package can include pension, company benefits, equity and bonuses. You can research what the pay package could be in other industries by visiting The Job Crowd and Glass Door. You can then compare this with your full military pay package, using the MOD Benefits Calculator.

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From Soldier to Risk Manager, by Beth Spencer, European Reputational Risk Manager at HSBC

Beth Spencer served for nine years as an Army Intelligence Officer, before leaving to work in Risk Management.

Why did you decide to leave the Army?
I had done everything I wanted in the Army, and needed fresh challenges. I was interested in working in Risk Management and Communications. Plus I had recently married another officer, and it is difficult to find suitable postings together in the same location every two years.

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Leading from the Start

Retired Colonel Audrey Smith, now approaching 80, has always been a trailblazer, especially for women in the military. Here is her story.

Audrey always actively pursued the life she wanted, which often meant rejecting the social norms at the time. She went to Nottingham University in the 1950s, when few women went onto higher education, studying economics, a subject considered more typical for men. While at University, she joined the Officer Training Corps (OTC), which led to her joining the Regular Army in 1962.

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30th January 2018: OA Webinar – Pay in the Civilian World

Nick Everard, Managing Director of J1 Consulting, will seek to debunk the tricky issue of pay during this session.

Nick will help you to identify what your starting point could be by looking at what you are being paid now and what you are worth in the civilian market, given your skills and experience.

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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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