Earlier this year I interviewed a panel of commercial awareness experts (which included the winners of the Aspiring Solicitors' Commercial Awareness competition). One thing that kept coming up was Finimize- a company that creates easy-to-read content on business and finance news, and emails it to you every day. Emojis and pictures included. I hadn’t heard … Continue reading Commercial awareness made easy- an interview with Carl Hazeley, VP of content at Finimize
I have been on two vacation schemes. On one I was successful in getting a Training Contract and on the other…. I was not. And while being rejected for a Training Contract royally sucked, it has given me a useful perspective in hindsight. Because the two schemes were actually very similar. They were both well-run, … Continue reading 3 Top Tips To Help You Rock That Vacation Scheme
Here is the commercial awareness advice I am tired of hearing: read the Financial Times, research companies, watch the news. It’s not that this is bad advice, it just doesn’t help you see the end goal. It doesn’t show you what being commercially aware actually looks like. Or, how to show off your commercial awareness … Continue reading Commercial Awareness: An Interview With The Experts.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer accurately sums up in one sentence what Commercial Awareness involves – “Understanding the business benefits and commercial realities from both an organisation’s and the customer’s perspective.” (So in other words, a lot of understanding, and a hell of a lot more perspective). However, a commenter on Legal Cheek offered an equally good definition: Commercial … Continue reading An introduction to Commercial Awareness