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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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How to research for a successful transition, by Lisa Jones

Lisa Jones is a Career Consultant at the OA. She shares her top tips on researching to find the right career after leaving the Armed Forces.
The earlier you start the more time you will give yourself, and be able to do justice to your ‘reconnaissance’. There are so many opportunities out there, and it will take time to research them fully and identify where you feel you would fit in best.
You can start by doing some research online, where there is of course a huge amount of material and information. People will be impressed if you can demonstrate a certain level of knowledge. Read blogs, follow organisations on social media and look on their website.

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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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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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25th October 2017: BlackRock Transition Workshop – Edinburgh

If you are in your last 12 months of service or within 12 months of leaving the Armed Forces and looking to transition into a career within financial services, then sign up to the BlackRock Edinburgh Transition Workshop. BlackRock offers an exciting prospect for anyone interested in a financial or technology based career in a fast moving and ever changing environment.

BlackRock is a global investment firm, trusted to manage more assets than any other. Its clients are companies, governments, foundations, and millions of individuals saving for retirement, their children’s educations, and a better life. BlackRock is passionate about providing products and services that can help them build a strong financial future.

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Apply for Black Rock’s Veterans Internship Programme

Gain vital experience so you can work in asset management.

The global investment management corporation’s internship will develop your professional skills and increase your industry knowledge. Successful applicants will spend six months in one of Black Rock’s division, learning from financial experts and gaining first-hand experience.

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