How we can help

We are an enabling organisation and our vision is that (ex) officers seeking employment or a change of employment will actively seek the expertise of OA Scotland to assist in developing and fulfilling their employment aspirations. We will enhance their ability to gain the employment of their choice whilst supporting them through the transition. We will become a trusted source of talent for employment stakeholders.

We are continually developing our network of contacts across Scotland to assist (ex) officers in focusing their career aspirations and give themselves the best chance of finding the job they seek.

Networks operate at many different levels and OA Scotland has a group on Linked In, which you may wish to join. We work with two military networking groups, The Network Edinburgh and The Network Glasgow to hold networking events in both these cities.

Our employment support starts with a one to one meeting which,  as well as providing relevant contacts from our network, seeks to enhance at an individual level those skills gained as part of the Career Transition Partnership process; Self appraisal, interview techniques and preparation, practical Networking advice , CV construction and top-interview-questions.

This is by no means exhaustive and the sessions are very much focused on individual need.  RightJob is the web based jobs board utilised by the CTP and we can help you arrange access to it.  It is an invaluable tool for employers and clients.  We also have our own jobs board which we share with our sister charity, the Officers Association in London.    Just register with us to gain access to all our services.   We are constantly seeking to improve and expand the services that we offer and would welcome your feedback.

Our no-cost service will help you find your next career.

Job Boards

RightJob

RightJob is the CTP’s online job finding site and is an invaluable tool for both employers and our service leavers.

The system can be accessed via the CTP website at www.ctp.org.uk. During your 3 day Career Transition Workshop you will have been given a login, if you have any problems please contact us. At no cost, employers and recruitment firms can also register jobs with us, if you have any queries please contact us.

Executive Jobs Board

The Executive Jobs Board is a jobs board owned by OA London but used by both OA London and OA Scotland so that our clients benefit from a wider range of jobs. It contains details of jobs notified to us by employers as well as key jobs from the local job sites in Scotland.

To gain access to the OA Scotland and OA Executive jobs website, please contact us to supply us with your details.

Ex Military Networks

Networking is a key part of any job search and if you're not sure where to start, we can help you. As well as our own Linked In group, OA Scotland, we also work closely with two other ex-military networking groups in Scotland - The Network Edinburgh and The Network Glasgow. If you're not based in Scotland these Linked In groups can offer a way of making connections in Scotland.

If you are in Scotland, why not come along to one of The Network Edinburgh and The Network Glasgow's monthly get-togethers? Both are held in central locations and you will find more details of times and location on their pages. You don't need to book. All you need to do is turn up with the price of a drink in your pocket. You will be made very welcome.

The Network Edinburgh

The Network Edinburgh, now more commonly known and referred to as TNE, is a networking group which is rapidly expanding with 300 plus members and wishes to invite likeminded people to join and expand TNE’s reach and influence. We are effectively based in Edinburgh but have many members out with the City and across the UK.

The Network Glasgow

Come along to support the group and to make business connections in an informal surrounding. Speak to ex-OAS clients that are now in employment to see how they completed their journey!

Client Testimonials

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Leaving the RN after a great initial career – with admittedly lots of ticks in the why stay in column – was not an easy choice; and one that should never be rushed into after a hard day at work. My decision was a long time in the making. I had first joined-up to give something back to the country which had provided for me during my upbringing. At the same time, I wanted to grow myself as a person and one day become an attractive candidate for civilian employment. The practical experience I gained from 7 years in gave me everything I had hoped for: unrivalled evidence of leadership, communication, organisation and much more.

Still, I was uncertain as I took the big step to leave. There is immense job security for many in the forces, and the life & camaraderie is unforgettable. The first thing that anyone should do when leaving is, therefore, to tap into the amazing ex-forces network that exists out here. Right at heart of that network is the officer’s association (OA) and officer’s association Scotland (OAS). OAS exists with one purpose: to help service leavers make the transition to civilian employment, and from the moment I gave JPA the its not you it’s me, OAS were ready to offer great encouragement, advice and training. Numerous phone calls, emails, meetings and networking events later, I have a job, and OAS had given me advice at every step of the way. I, therefore, highly recommend OAS to any service leaver.”

A RN Server leaver working in the FS and Investments World

OA Scotland have been a huge help in my search for a new career. In my case, they could match my professional attributes, personality and employment aspirations with a specific role which resulted in an offer of employment. At all times, they provided excellent advice, access to informative workshops, worthwhile networking events and were a source of relevant information. What’s more, I feel my new employer has been able to fill a niche position with the right candidate, in good time, thanks to OA Scotland. Their service has been outstanding.

Very many thanks

Ex-RAF Service Leaver – now working in the Micro-Technology industry

An outstanding service which I gained much more from than I expected. My OA Scotland rep made some really useful suggestions regarding my CV and exposed me to some employment options, networking opportunities and training events which added considerable value to my overall resettlement planning.’

An ex-OAS client now in employment following a training event