My name is Ryanna Douhoure and I recently completed my MSc International Business and Politics at Queen Mary University of London. I am currently completing an internship at ING Bank within the Global Markets Research Department. How? During my time at QMUL I was extremely attentive to the regular careers emails and ensured I engaged … More Graduate Story: Ryanna’s Internship Experience
When attending an interview, one of the things you may be asked is a question around commercial awareness. Recruiters will want to know that you have a genuine interest in the commercial world and in particular they want to know that you are passionate about their business and the industry they work in. Demonstrating your knowledge and … More Developing your commercial awareness, by being aware
Many employers are increasingly asking candidates interview questions pertaining to “commercial awareness.” They are designed to see if the candidate can demonstrate a general understanding of business acumen and how it relates to current events. For example, a candidate applying for a consulting firm would probably be expected to know some of the major “mergers … More 5 minutes a day to develop your commercial awareness
What is commercial awareness? Commercial awareness is sometimes also referred to as ‘business focus’, ‘client focus’, ‘business understanding’ or ‘passion for business’. Basically it is about having an interest in, and an understanding of, the business world that organisations operate in. This includes: familiarity with the company (its customers, competitors and suppliers) knowing what is … More Commercial awareness: how do I show employers I have it?
Be specific when answering application form questions such as “Why are you applying to us?”. It is really important to avoid generic statements such as “you are a reputable firm, deal with top clients and offer excellent training prospects”. This can be said about a lot of companies, so is actually a poor response. Employers … More Application forms – What recruiters look for
Whether you’re looking to boost your CV with an internship, find a part-time job during your studies, develop work-related skills or identify your dream career, The Ultimate Careers Guide is here to help. Written by the staff at Careers departments across the University of London, the guide is piled high with tips and advice, including: … More The Ultimate Careers Guide
This post on Law Careers.net recently caught my eye. As the article explains: ‘Commercial awareness is one of the key skills that law firms look for in future trainees and thus, if you are to succeed, you will need to develop this particular area of your brain’. It even gives you some tips on newspapers … More Commercial Awareness in Law