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Get Career Advice at CTP Employment Fair

The OA employment team will be helping Service leavers learn about their career options.

Esme Dickson, OA Employment Services and Events Coordinator, will be there to show how the OA can support your transition journey. Esme delivers OA events in the region and is responsible for the OA network contact list.

Clive Lowe, OA Career Consultant, will be on hand to answer your employment questions.

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Why is Cyber Security a Good Career Option for Veterans?

Nick Hartley, a former RAF Group Captain now working in business development for BT Security, explains why cyber security is a good industry for veterans.

Cyber security is a broad and diverse industry, with different opportunities. Many of the skills and experiences veterans have are highly sought after in the industry.

Working in cyber security for the commercial sector is more independent and less hierarchical, compared to the Armed Forces.

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24th April 2018: OA Webinar – Opportunities with Lloyd’s Military Network

This webinar will be looking at the diverse opportunities in the London Insurance Market open to service leavers, often with help from the Lloyds Military Network.

We will be joined by Ben Howell (PPL Technical and Change Project Manager), who will give an introduction into Commercial Insurance, the Lloyds Market and provide first-hand insight into the Lloyds Military Network.

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OA Launches Podcast

You can now listen to our careers advice series, as first broadcast on BFBS Radio, at home or ‘on the go’.

The bitesize recordings cover career tips, insights and industry news. The podcast developed from the OA’s weekly career advice series for BFBS Radio. Topics include the value of insight days, social media, CVs and preparing for job interviews.

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What Recruiters Want from a CV

HR managers and recruiters are the gatekeepers in the job application process. Your CV will determine if they shortlist you.

Clive Lowe, OA Career Consultant, regularly attends career events for veterans, where HR managers and recruiters discuss what they look for in a CV. He shared these insights in a recent webinar with Ashka Raval, OA Recruitment Consultant. In a previous recruitment role, Ashka reviewed hundreds of CVs every day for jobs at different levels across a wide range of industries.

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What Does a Good Employer Look Like?

You spend much of your time at work, so it is important you have a supportive and engaging employer.

In a recent webinar, Pete Liddle, OA Business Development Manager, spoke to Michelle Mook, Owner and Director of Pro-Development (UK) Limited, which helps organisations to improve employee, retention, morale, performance and productivity. Michelle discussed how good employers effectively engage with staff, and the importance of finding one that matches your values.

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17th April 2018: OA Webinar – BNY Mellon Returning Military Programme 2018

Joining us for the webinar is Emma Crofts, Vice President – EMEA Programme Manager, Global Talent Acquisition. Emma has worked in the City for over 15 years in Financial Services and Human Resources. She has been running the BNY Mellon Military Programme for over 5 years.

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18th April 2018: The Leaders Club Networking – Geoff McDonald, former Global VP HR, Unilever – 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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19th April 2018: Networking Event – Forces into Health – London

Join Forces into Health for an evening of networking. The group was formed in response to a growing number of Service Leavers who have either transitioned, or are thinking of transitioning, into the Health Sector. The Forces into Health network will aim to support individuals with contacts, advice and information, wherever possible. In particular, it signposts opportunities and recommends ‘points of entry’.

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OA Provides Employment Support to More Than 4,700 Officers

We are proud of how we help serving and former officers develop new careers after leaving the Armed Forces, as highlighted in our latest Impact Report.

In 2016-17, the OA Employment Team helped 4,782 officers – a 7% increase from the previous year. In addition, 1,757 new job seekers registered with the OA, an increase of 10% from the year before. The support included 780 career consultations, providing impartial and practical advice, and 1,532 people attended OA networking events.

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