The Officers’ Association has increased its support to serving and former officers developing their post-military careers in the last year with the Employment Team providing 1,125 one-to-one career consultations and CV reviews, as well as over 1,100 jobs posted onto the OA Executive Jobs Board…

Gemma Jones is one officer the OA supported, who was an Acting Lieutenant Commander and is now a Military Recruiter for Amazon. She left the Royal Navy because she wanted a more flexible approach to work, especially as a mother of two young children with a husband who also serves. Gemma accessed the Executive Jobs Board, watched several webinars and had a career consultation. She said: “My career consultation really helped me to improve my CV.”

The OA works with employers to help them understand how best to recruit veterans, and to highlight the benefits of doing so. Over 300 employers attended OA career workshops allowing them to meet officers and discuss job roles. This includes Highways England whose military recruitment initiatives the OA has supported.

Natalie Jones is a Resourcing Specialist at Highways England and heads its ex-military agenda. She said: “We value highly the leadership, project management and fortitude that officers can bring to Highways England. Working with the OA enables us to capitalise on their talents, and at the same time provides Service leavers with invaluable opportunities.”

Lee Holloway, Chief Executive Officer at the OA, said: “We would be unable to help officers transition into successful civilian careers without the active support of employers. Thank you to every organisation that has provided jobs, work placement and other career opportunities for officers. This includes former officers now in new careers, who assist Service leavers with taking their next career steps.”