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Five Ways to Kick Start Your Career Transition

Lisa Jones, an OA Career Consultant and former Army officer, shared her top transition tips with BFBS Radio.

The time goes faster than you think. One year may sound like a long time but it will fly. Equally if you are in your last two years’ of service, start thinking about the future; the earlier the better! Plan your time by looking at dates for work placements offered by companies, career events you want to attend as well as considering that periods like Christmas and the summer break will be slow.

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12th June 2018: OA Webinar – How to prepare for successful interviews

Join us on Tuesday 12th June for what promises to be an informative session, providing sound advice to those wishing to prepare themselves in advance of attending an interview.

We are delighted to welcome Tracey Hall, Senior Resourcing Business Partner who currently works for Zurich within their in-house Resourcing Function, and will discuss how to go about preparing yourself for an interview.

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13th June 2018 – St. James’s Place Wealth Management Academy open evening – London

Building your own wealth management business can be a very daunting thought, and this event will give guests the opportunity to hear firsthand how individuals have made the transition from an employed to a self-employed career. Attendees will hear what it is like to be a wealth manager, including what a wealth manager does, and how you can train to do this with the St. James’s Place Academy.

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14th June 2018: Networking Group – The Porffor Group – Cardiff

The Porffor Group are a Cardiff based networking group for serving and ex-Navy, Army and Air Force Service men and women (including any international colleagues) who live locally. The aim is to facilitate opportunities for individuals to meet up with old friends and / or expand local contacts via regular events.

The group was founded by John Solosy, a Chartered Financial Planner who previously served as an Army Major.

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5th June 2018: OA Webinar – Opportunities with Highways England

Highways England is actively recruiting; this webinar will discuss the diverse range of opportunities available including project management, engineering, HR, procurement and communications.

We will be joined by Robert Jaffier, former Royal Navy, now an Asset and Resource Manager in Operations and Polly Nicholls from Human Resources. They will discuss the current roles within the organisation and how to excel throughout the recruitment process.

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OA Calls Northern Businesses to Attend Veteran Recruitment Roadshow

The OA is calling on local businesses across the North of England to attend its Veteran Work Northern Showcase event, which takes place Thursday 14th June at Virgin Money, Jubilee House, in Newcastle.

Whilst 71% of medium and large organisations say they would consider employing veterans, only 39% would consider employing someone with no industry experience. Employers are potentially missing a trick by not tapping into this talent pool and the benefits veterans bring to the workplace – whatever its size.

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OA Sponsors Elite Inter-Services Triathlon

30th Inter-Services Triathlon brings top athletes together to compete for the coveted Team Cup.

Organised this year by the Royal Navy Triathlon Association, the Army, Navy and RAF will compete at the annual event, taking place on 25th July 2018. There are individual and team categories, including Male, Female and Veteran. In addition, the Fire, Police and Prison Service will each enter guest teams.

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OA Sponsored Navy Cricket Team has Good Start to Season

The Royal Navy Women’s Cricket Club (RNWCC) was runner-up in its first tournament of the year.

The cricket team, sponsored by the OA, recently competed in the Watsonian Cricket Festival, in Edinburgh. The friendly competition was the first outdoor cricket fixture this season for all clubs involved. The weather was unusually fine, and it was claimed to be one of the biggest ladies’ sporting events in Scotland for the year so far. The team got through to the final but lost to the Army.

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29th May 2018: OA Webinar – Networking for knowledge, how to get the most out of building connections during your transition

With over 70% of jobs coming from networking, its importance can’t be denied and at the Officers’ Association we encourage people to take the opportunity to network, gain knowledge and build long term connections.

In this webinar Sophia Koniarska, Director of Programmes and Partnerships at The Officers’ Association, will explore the importance of networking, what to expect, how to approach it and the benefits of maintaining a network throughout your career.

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Why you should consider being coached into a second career

Matt Driver and Phil Hayes, Coaches at Management Futures, explain how coaching can prepare you for your working life after leaving the Armed Forces.

Coaching is vital to a successful transition. Leaving the military and starting a civilian career is a huge change, involving more than swapping jobs: you need to find new purpose and decide your next steps. Many Service leavers apply for jobs without fully thinking about the impact, ending up in unfulfilling careers. Coaching helps you gain clarity of thought and action, so you make the right career choice.

At its heart, coaching is a speaking and listening exercise.

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