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Officer Champion Prepares for OA Inter-Services Triathlon

Lieutenant Henry Eaton, of 17 Port & Maritime Regiment Royal Logistic Corps, plans to build on his success from last year.

What was it like to win the Officers’ Award last year?
It felt great to win the Officers’ Award, but it was still second place so of course I would be keen to try and win the overall Men’s Singles Race this year. I have been training hard to improve my timings. However, the competition will be even tougher, with the Army team developing into some of the best amateur athletes in the country and which should lead to an exciting championship.

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This Former Officer is Now a Recruitment Expert, Here’s His Advice on Negotiating Your Salary

Simon Treadgold served in the Army for 20 years and is now Head of Recruiting at Capstar, which provides secure travel and lifestyle management services to corporate and private clients, and is run by former Army officers.

When negotiating a salary you must manage your expectations. If you successfully apply for a job with a set salary, then you already tacitly accepted the fixed amount, which makes negotiating for a higher salary difficult. However, if the role was advertised with a salary bandwidth, then obviously you want to earn towards the higher end of that bracket.

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3rd July 2018: OA Webinar – Opportunities in franchising

In this webinar we are joined by Edward Ross, the Managing Director and Co-Founder of Forces into Franchising. Ed will be discussing what opportunities are available to veterans within franchising.

Ed is a former Army Officer in the RDG. He left in 1997 and worked in London as a Business Development Manager and has set up and run his own businesses. He is now a full time dad.

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4th July 2018: OA Event – Consultancy Workshop – Bristol

Join the OA for a workshop day that will look into the skills and experience required to work within consultancy.

The day will start with an overview of consultancy, including a review of skills and qualifications.

This will be followed by a series of presentations delivered by those already working within consultancy from a range of organisations. The presenters will share their experience and give insight.

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5th July 2018: Two Roses Networking Event – Leeds

The Two Roses business networking group runs events in Leeds that bring together ex-service personnel in transition and those who have found employment in a variety of sectors.

The meeting will start from 6:30pm, at around 7pm there are a few short presentations to allow members to speak, explaining: what they do, how they can help and what they would like to be helped with (if possible). After this the group will go to general networking and if there is interest retire to a nearby bar.

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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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