The Oxford Saïd Military Veterans Club

This is a club for all current, past and future Saïd Business School students with military, civilian security, law enforcement or defence sector experience. We particularly welcome veterans from non-Western countries as well as female veterans. 

We have three goals: 

  1. To facilitate our members’ career transitions by creating stronger relationships with veteran-friendly employers and providing additional career support.
  2. To connect members with each other to create a wider and stronger network.
  3. To make the Saïd Business School more veteran friendly and provide a better Oxford Saïd experience for its members. 

Membership is free and voluntary. 

We have a lot to offer to veterans. If you'd like to know more about our club and activities, or would appreciate support with your application, get in touch with founders Francesco Fazzi and Sunil Kandola (Oxford MBA 2019-20).

From the military to an Oxford MBA

Ollie Ormiston in Afghanistan

Each year, a small but consistent percentage of MBA and Executive MBA candidates join us from the military, security and defence sectors. But what makes a soldier decide they need lessons in business, and can an MBA really be as useful in NATO as it is in the corporate boardroom? 

A culture of honour: from West Point to Oxford

Christian Nattiel, Oxford MBA

The first African American from the United States Military Academy at West Point to be selected for the Rhodes Scholarship, Christian Nattiel’s route to Oxford University is a story of determination, discipline and selflessness.

From the CIA to Silicon Valley via an Oxford MBA

golden gate bridge in san francisco

Each year, MBA students at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford organise treks across the globe with support from the Careers team.

For Christopher Schildt, a former CIA operative with a passion for tech who enrolled at Oxford to improve his knowledge of the private sector, the choice of destination was obvious: California’s legendary Silicon Valley, an expanse of the San Francisco Bay Area of Northern California made famous by its high concentration of tech companies.

Case studies and Battlefield studies

Ollie ormiston MBA student blogger

After serving in the British Army as an Infantry Officer for nearly 17 years and completing 5 operational tours, Ollie Ormiston joined the Oxford MBA class of 2018-19. After deciding it was time to find fresh challanges, Ollie wanted to transfer his military experience into skills and language that are useful in the private sector. Read about his view on MBA life post-military via the Oxford MBA student blog.

From the CIA to Uber, via the Oxford MBA

Chris Schildt, Oxford MBA alumnus

'After proudly serving for 15 years at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), I decided I needed a change. I served across the CIA in different analytics, operations, and technical roles, and it was that last experience that opened my eyes to the incredible technologies developed by the private sector to solve some of the world’s toughest problems.

I knew I had a lot of transferable skills and experiences, but with no previous private sector experience. I had no idea how to market those skills to recruiters. I, therefore, decided to pursue the Oxford MBA.'

Read about Chris' transition from the CIA to Uber, via the Oxford MBA

Application fee waiver

If you are interested in applying to Saïd Business School, our veteran community are keen to help you. Contact our current Veteran's Rep or MBA Recruitment & Admissions Manager dedicated to our military applicants.

We can also provide an application fee waiver code for all military applicants. In your introduction email, please outline your nationality, service and any other information which can help us provide personalised feedback.