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26th June 2018: OA Webinar – How to build a personal brand for success

Leaving the services means you will have an amazing array of skills and experiences that are wanted by many employers or as a service to others. But how do you differentiate yourself from all the other talent in the market who have experience in the sectors that you want to go into?

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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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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 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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22nd May 2018: OA Webinar – How to get the most out of 1-2-1 career consultations

Join us to learn how to get the most out of career consultations.

Ashka Raval and Clive Lowe of the Officer’s Association will discuss the aims of a career consultation and how to maximise their effectiveness based on extensive practical experience.

Ashka is the Recruitment Manager at the Officers’ Association and has extensive experience of recruitment across a variety of sectors, specialising in social media recruitment, and Clive is a Career Consultant at the Officers’ Association with over 1000 clients.

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The Challenges of Buying a Business

Sometimes it makes sense to purchase an existing company rather than starting your own.

Simon Watson, a former RAF Wing Commander who runs ET Cleaning Services and Swift Cleaners, discussed his own experiences during a recent webinar.

Find an appropriate company to buy, search online or through word of mouth. Dalton Business is a good place to start, as the leading website for buying and selling businesses and franchises. Once you have found a potential business to buy you need to test its commercial viability by doing your due diligence. Remember, you alone are responsible for checking the viability of the business before making the purchase.

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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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17th April 2018: OA Webinar – BNY Mellon Returning Military Programme 2018

Joining us for the webinar is Emma Crofts, Vice President – EMEA Programme Manager, Global Talent Acquisition. Emma has worked in the City for over 15 years in Financial Services and Human Resources. She has been running the BNY Mellon Military Programme for over 5 years.

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