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“Its been a real adventure,” by Vix Anderton

Vix Anderton, a former RAF Intelligence Officer, shares her transition story.

Vix joined the RAF in 2005, having been in the Officer Training Corps at Manchester University, where she studied Economics and Politics. She graduated as an Intelligence Officer in 2007, and fulfilled a variety of roles during her 10 year career.

Vix started to consider the possibility of a different career while studying a Service-sponsored Master’s Degree in War Studies at King’s College London. Vix’s dissertation was on Female Engagement Teams in Afghanistan and the military’s role in the Women, Peace and Security agenda, which helped her to realise she had a passion for women’s rights and gender issues

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20th February 2018: OA Webinar – Working in the Charity Sector

There are plenty of opportunities within the Not For Profit/Charity sector but getting your first job in a charity can be a challenge. This webinar is guaranteed to be packed full of useful information to help you step into this area.

We are delighted to welcome Simon Allen, Chief Operations Officer at the Officers’ Association, to discuss his experiences in the Charity sector. Following careers in the Royal Tank Regiment and telecommunications sector.

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21st February 2018: The Leaders Club Networking – BBC Studios, Anna Mallett & Jabbar Sardar – 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.

At The Leaders Club, their motto is ‘Bringing Great Minds Together’, and their vision is to inspire each other with inspiring speakers at inspiring venues.

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14th February 2018: OA Event – Operations Management Workshop – Manchester

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

Kindly hosted by Barclays, this workshop will explore civilian careers within operational management, examining the similarities and differences between civilian operational roles, and those within the Forces. You will have the opportunity to hear from some fantastic, insightful speakers, who already work in operations management, offering advice on factors to consider when entering a particular sector.

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Why Networking Matters, by Karen Munro

Karen Munro, a Careers Coach and Trainer, shares her insights on networking.

I see clients all the time who say they feel so despondent when they are searching for work and how “there’s just nothing out there!” They tell me about how they are spending hours every day combing all the key internet jobsites. Many of them will upload their CV onto jobsites such as Indeed, CV Library and Monster, as well as sending them to recruitment agencies thinking if they flood the market with their CV then they’re bound to get a hit – surely it’s just a numbers game?

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OA Sponsors RAF Officers in Extreme New Zealand Race

RAF Officers will compete in one of the toughest adventure races in the world.

Four RAF Officers have entered the GODZone Adventure Race as part of its centenary celebrations, being formed towards the end of the First World War on 1st April 1918. In recognition of the occasion, the race organisers decided that the team number is 100. The team comprises of four RAF officers: Squadron Leader Jamie Buckle, Squadron Leader Penny Grayson, Flight Lieutenant Charlie Butterfield and Flight Lieutenant Laura Frowen.

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6th February 2018: OA Webinar – Coaching and Mentoring

We are delighted to welcome Phil Hayes, Chairman of Management Futures, to speak to us tonight about the value of Coaching and Mentoring.

If you already have some experience as a professional coach but are looking for a reliable framework and a way of filling known or potential gaps in your practice or you have a background in training, OD or HR and now want to step into coaching then this webinar is for you.

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8th February 2018: Networking Event – Forces into Health – London

Join Forces into Health for their first networking evening of 2018. 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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30th January 2018: OA Webinar – Pay in the Civilian World

Nick Everard, Managing Director of J1 Consulting, will seek to debunk the tricky issue of pay during this session.

Nick will help you to identify what your starting point could be by looking at what you are being paid now and what you are worth in the civilian market, given your skills and experience.

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