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Commercial awareness tips

Resources

Developing your commercial awareness isn't just about reading financial news and keeping up to date with the latest M&A headlines... there are lost of ways to boost your commerciality.

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Grow your library

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Grab the popcorn

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Plug in your earphones

GROW YOUR LIBRARY

Christopher Stoakes' All You Need to Know About the City and Commercial Awareness series are a helpful go-tos for a commercial awareness guide. Other books to consider addition to your library are:

  • The Smartest Guys in the Room - a tale of the fall of Enron

  • Barbarian at the Gate - the story of the fall of RJR Nabisco

  • The Secret Barrister - an insight into life as a wig-wearing lawyer

  • The Blockchain Revolution - if you're into tech and have a basic understanding of blockchain technology, this is an interesting read.

GRAB THE POPCORN

There are increasingly a range of documentaries, films and series which (whilst often jazzed up with fictitious details), are rooted in real-life events. These resources can be a helpful and accessible place to kick-start your commercial awareness, and can always be built on, and verified by other sources. Try checking out:

  • The Big Short - an accessible guide to the world of derivatives 

  • The Smartest Guys in the Room and Barbarians at the Gate which are both films, as well as books

  • The Social Dilemma - a Netflix film which looks at the way social media platforms utilise user data

PLUG IN YOUR EARPHONES

Podcasts are a surefire way to liven up commutes - most law firms have accessible options available from their websites or leading podcast sites, as do many vloggers and most news platforms:

  • Harry Clark trained at a leading US firm and kept a podcast mostly for students considering a career in law

  • The Financial Times' daily briefing is a helpful way to keep on top of daily updates 

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