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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13th September 2017: OA Event – Project Management Workshop – Newcastle-upon-Tyne

The skills and experience required to manage a project are common within the Forces and many individuals look to transition into a new career within Project Management when they leave, but what does project management look like in a civilian context?

What are businesses looking for in their Project Managers?

What qualifications do you need to be recognised as a Project Manager?

How can you optimise your applications for these roles?

This event is one of a series of career-focused workshops delivered in conjunction with employers which explore these questions.

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Could you be a Consultant?

Consultancy is a good career option for many leaving the Armed Forces, but is it right for you?

What is consultancy?

A consultant is hired by an organisation to help with a task or project it is unable to complete on its own.

Why former officers can be great consultants

Experienced at project management.
Experienced at working independently.
Ex-military Personnel are respected in the civilian workplace.
It can offer similar rewards to being in the military, providing dynamic and challenging opportunities.

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11th September 2017: Carillion Vocational CV Workshop, Construction – Nottinghamshire

This event aims to inform Service Leavers of the best ways to tailor their CV in order to gain interviews for executive and management roles in the construction industry. The workshop will look at the importance of highlighting key skills, attributes and qualifications that will lead to employment within this industry.

The MD of Carillion Construction Services will open the event and presentations from two Operations Directors from the Building and Infrastructure divisions will follow. These presentations will cover some of the key things they look for in candidates.

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OA Opens York Office

The OA opened its new office in York on Tuesday 15th August.

This will be the OA’s base for organising events and liaising with stakeholders in the North of England. The previous office was in Leeds, but has relocated because of the improved travel links and the fact that many formers officers live in and around York. The office will be based in the Innovation Centre next to the University of York, which reflects the OA’s commitment to develop new and cutting-edge ways of supporting officers.

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How to Write an Effective Ex-Military CV

Despite the importance of networking and LinkedIn, your CV remains an important document for anyone looking for work.

You have made the crucial decision to leave the military, and now need to focus on finding your new career. Sending a CV is often the first direct contact with an employer or recruiter, so be confident yours will impress. Here is a brief overview on how your CV can help to position yourself as a strong candidate

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What does your personal brand say about you?

A strong digital brand can help you find work, so make yours effective.

Employers and recruiters are increasingly researching candidates online to help decide if they are suitable. You therefore need to make sure you have a strong and positive digital presence.

Social media expert Lincoln Coutts gave a presentation about developing your personal brand online at the recent OA Employment Symposium in York. Here is Lincoln’s advice on creating an effective brand.

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