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Research to Find the Right Career, by Ben Keene

Ben Keene, from Escape the City, shares his top tips.

Researching career paths is important, but it is vital to act on your findings.

First ask yourself, what did you like about being in the Armed Forces? What skills did you gain and want to continue using? Identifying your interests and skills will help to give your job search direction. It’s easy to feel like there is choice overload, but knowing what you want from your new career will help you select the right roles and organisations.

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22nd November 2017: Commercial Insights with MD of Yeo Valley – Bristol

The Officers’ Association, in partnership with The Leaders Club, are delighted to invite you to a relaxed evening of networking alongside an engaging talk from one of the South West’s most prominent business leaders, Karl Tucker, MD of Yeo Valley.

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Watch the New OA Video

We have launched a short film that outlines our purpose and services.

The minute-long film is aimed at former and serving officers to help them understand how the OA can support them. This can be at any point on their journey to finding a new career after leaving the Armed Forces.

The Employment Team provides confidential, impartial and practical advice on all aspects of transition and employment. We run networking events, webinars, workshops and employment symposiums. Our OA Employment App makes it easy to access all of our career services ‘on the go’.

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Could you be a Consultant?

Consultancy is a good career option for many leaving the Armed Forces, but is it right for you?

What is consultancy?

A consultant is hired by an organisation to help with a task or project it is unable to complete on its own.

Why former officers can be great consultants

Experienced at project management.
Experienced at working independently.
Ex-military Personnel are respected in the civilian workplace.
It can offer similar rewards to being in the military, providing dynamic and challenging opportunities.

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Finding a Flexible Approach to Work after Service Life, by Harriet Rogers

Harriet Rogers shares her story about wanting a new career that is more flexible and not office based.

It was during my career transition workshop, run via CTP, that panic began to set in. My fellow officers announced their chosen industries to work in after leaving the military – Project Management, Consultancy, Defence Sales, Finance – making me feel increasingly like an imposter. I introduced myself and feebly squeaked that I wanted “something flexible and online.” I felt mortified that I did not have a better plan.

Despite 12 years of commissioned Service and working in high pressure environments, I suddenly doubted if I could adapt to my new career. I appreciate I am not alone.

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OA and SaluteMyJob welcome Barclays to ‘Ex-Military in Management’ Virtual Careers Fair

The first ‘Ex-Military in Management’ Virtual Careers Fair, a joint collaboration between the Officers’ Association (OA) and SaluteMyJob, is delighted to have Barclays on board, who are able to offer job vacancies, recruitment advice and career insight to all registered participants.

Barclays joins Worldpay, Amazon and Interserve as key employers who recognise the value of recruiting from the talent pool of former military personnel for management roles within their organisations.

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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 success of a business is growing in recognition…

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Tidworth Job Fair 2017 – Wednesday 15 March 2017

Headquarters South West will be running a Job Fair in Tidworth Garrison Theatre on Wednesday 15 March 2017. At the event will be over 60 regional and national employers, as well as recruitment agencies who are specifically looking to recruit Service Leavers, Veterans and Spouses. A wide variety of industry sectors will be represented, including (but not exclusively): health, care, construction, transport, communications, tourism & leisure, manufacturing, bio sciences & pharmaceutical, finance and defence.

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Tidworth Job Fair 2017 – Wednesday 15 March

Headquarters South West will be running a Job Fair in Tidworth Garrison Theatre on Wednesday 15 March 2017. At the event will be over 45 regional and national employers, as well as recruitment agencies who are specifically looking to recruit Service Leavers, Veterans and Spouses. A wide variety of industry sectors will be represented, including (but not exclusively): health, care, construction, transport, communications, tourism & leisure, manufacturing, bio sciences & pharmaceutical, finance and defence.

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