How to develop your skills at home
Virtual internships are flexible, online opportunities, giving you the opportunity to undertake remote experience. Many virtual internships exist in the fields of IT, sales, journalism, marketing, and software development.
Some employers will give you project work/tasks to complete over a period of time, and you may have regular catch-ups and support from the employer during your virtual internship.
Depending on the sector and nature of the role, you may not be able to undertake all the elements of a real internship, due to client / patient confidentiality. For example, handling client casefiles for a law firm. However, you are still able to experience some of the work of a trainee and the function of the business.
www.indeed.co.uk/Internship-Remote-Working-jobs - Indeed advertises remote internships
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Commercial awareness is having a good understanding of an organisation / company (how it works, how it makes a profit, it’s client, objectives, services, products) and the industry in which it sits (understanding how current news can impact the sector). You should have an overview of what’s going on in the market sector - Are there legal or regulatory changes on the way, or does the economic situation have a larger-than-usual impact?
Read more at: www.skillsyouneed.com/general/commercial-awareness.html and www.brightnetwork.co.uk/graduate-career-advice/commercial-awareness/an-overview/
Below, are a few links for building commercial awareness in some sectors:
Finance and Business
www.prospects.ac.uk - The Graduate Prospects website contains information on a range of job sectors, with useful links to further resources and information
www.berr.gov.uk – The Department of Business Innovation and Skills provides a wide range of industry reports.
www.ft.com/home/uk - this website allows you to search within the sections News, Markets, Industries and Companies. News searched can be drawn from the FT archives or global news resources.
www.reuters.com – Read the latest news stories from around the world. Sections dedicated to business, technology, international news etc.
www.bbc.co.uk - The BBC provides business news
The World of Business podcast - Insights into the business world from Radio 4’s in Business programme.
Business Daily podcast - BBC World Service’s daily podcast on the world of money and work from across the globe.
Today programme on BBC R4 - Today is the most influential news programme in the United Kingdom and sets the day’s political agenda each morning. If you want to quickly build awareness of current affairs in politics, business and society, then listen to this.
www.actuarialcareers.co.uk/career-advice/how-to-develop-commercial-awareness/ - overview of commercial awareness in this sector
www.theactuary.com - news
STEM Women are holding virtual careers fairs every Wednesday
www.legalcheek.com - market news
www.legalweekjobs.com - jobs and news
www.thelawyer.com/news - UK and international news
www.youtube.com/user/LawCareersNet - insights from recruiters, lawyers and the LCN team
www.psychologytoday.com/gb - group of renowned psychologists, academics, psychiatrists and writers to contribute their thoughts and ideas
www.bps.org.uk/ - The British Psychological Society
www.sciencedaily.com/news/mind_brain/psychology/ - latest research news
www.newscientist.com/article-topic/psychology/ - weekly science and technology magazine