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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What Does Being an NHS Non-Executive Director Involve?

Former officers make ideal NHS Non-Executive Directors, because both require excellent operational skills and a strong sense of social responsibility.

In an OA webinar, Pete Liddle, OA Business Development Manager, discussed the role of an NHS Non-Executive Director, with Janice Scanlan, Head of Non-executive Development at NHS Improvement, and Dusty Amroliwala, a retired Air Commodore and now Chair of North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust.

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What does a career in HR involve?

Fiona Jackson, OA Career Consultant, shares her insights into working in HR

There are many misunderstandings about the purpose of HR. Many Service leavers may have worked in different aspects of HR but probably not the whole range.

HR is a varied and diverse industry, which is part of the corporate strategy of an organisation. Its functions include employment law, organisation design, discipline and grievance procedures, equality and diversity, learning and development, managing union agreements, recruitment, pay and benefits and talent management and succession planning.

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‘My work now is more independent,’ by Nick Hartley

Nick Hartley was a senior officer in the RAF and now works in cyber security for BT.

Tell me about your military career
I joined the RAF as an engineer straight after graduating from Manchester University, having been in the University Air Squadron. I served for 29 years and left in January 2018. I completed three tours as a Group Captain in Joint Forces Command, I was previously appointed Deputy Director of the Advanced Command and Staff Course at the Defence Academy and then became Head of Capability Development for Cyber, Cryptography and Influence operations in Joint Forces Command at Northwood.

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What is the Value of a Work Placement?

Lisa Jones, OA Career Consultant, explains why work placements are good for veterans and employers.
Work placements will develop your skills and give you vital experience, improving your employability. They also increase your knowledge of different industries, helping you to make better informed decisions about your career. You can be exposed to new areas where veterans often struggle, such as customer service and gain commercial experience.

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27th March 2018: OA Webinar – A Career in Wealth Management

In this webinar, Old Mutual Wealth will give us an introduction to the Wealth Management sector and the opportunities available for those considering a career in this area.

The webinar will also include insights from a Service leaver going through the Financial School.

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3rd April 2018: OA Webinar – The Perils of Setting up in Business

Join us for what promises to be a fascinating and entertaining insight into the perils of establishing and running your own business.

We are delighted to welcome Simon Watson, ex-RAF Wing Commander, as he discusses establishing your own business and the best ways of going about it. Simon will share some words of wisdom as someone who recently established two of his own cleaning businesses.

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