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8th May 2018: OA Webinar – A Portfolio Career

OA consultant Fiona Jackson is joined by Vix Anderton, a former RAF Intelligence Officer who left the Service in 2014.

She will be sharing key insights into her career including pros and cons of a portfolio career and lessons she has learnt along the way.

Vix now has a portfolio career, working on gender and conflict, diversity and inclusion, and mental health and wellbeing.

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11th July: Register for the OA Employment Symposium in York

We return to the historic city to deliver our flagship career event for officers in the North.

The OA Employment Symposium brings together transitioning and former officers with employers and industry experts, so they can take their next step towards a new career after the Armed Forces. Employers from a range of industries will discuss the opportunities available to veterans, and how to increase employability in civilian life. Former officers, who have built successful commercial careers, will also share their experiences and insights.

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2nd May 2018: External Event – Service Leavers Financial Sector Insight Day – London

Bank of America Merrill Lynch invites you to attend their Service Leavers Financial Sector Insight visit at their offices in London.

Bank of America is one of the world’s leading financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small- and middle-market businesses, large corporations and governments with a full range of financial and risk management products and services.

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3rd May 2018: External Event – BNY Mellon, Returning Military Programme Insight Day – London

Transfer Your Military Skills to the Workplace
BNY Mellon invite you to attend their Insight Day at their Canary Wharf office in London, to find out more about the Returning Military Programme, which is open to all Service leavers and ranks, who can complete the placement as part of their resettlement.

BNY Mellon is a global investments company dedicated to helping clients manage and service their financial assets throughout the investment lifecycle.

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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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