Business Operational Skills / Commercial Awareness

Business Communication Skills

Below you will find a selection of resources to help you develop these employability skills, any resources from external parties will be indicated in the description.

Business Operational Skills / Commercial Awareness

Understanding of relevant commercial, marketing, management and/or financial processes/principles. Awareness of differences in organisational cultures and practices.

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Commercial Awareness - Free Online Course

This short course encourages you to look across your organisation, at your place within it and the value you create. It considers how getting different perspectives and widening existing ones within your organisation can enhance commercial awareness. (The Open University)

The Open University, Commercial Awareness, online course

Understanding Operations Management - Free Online Course

Operations management is one of the central functions of all organisations. This free course, Understanding operations management, will provide you with a basic framework for understanding this function. (The Open University)

The Open University, Understanding Operations Management, Online Course

Marketing in the 21st Century - Free Online Course

This offers a managerial perspective on how to deliver more effective marketing in an organisation, regardless of whether it is based in the private, public or non-profit sector. (The Open University)

The Open University, Marketing in the 21st century, online course

Fundamentals of Accounting - Free Online Course

This course will introduce you to the essential concepts and skills of bookkeeping and accounting. The Open University)

The Open University, Fundamentals of accounting, online course

Top Nine Tricky Interview Questions - Target Jobs - Video

This video will give you an overview of tricky interview questions you might come up against in graduate job interviews, along with tips on how to answer them that will help you manage your nerves and impress employers. 

Target Jobs, Tricky Interview Questions video

Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies - Free Online Course

Explore how entrepreneurship and innovation tackle complex social problems in emerging economies (Harvard University)

Harvard University, Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies online course

Career Guide for Working in Insurance Industry – Article

Find out more about a career in the insurance industries (Reassured website)

Reassured website, Career guide for working in insurance industry

Finance Fundamentals: Financial Services after the Banking Crisis - Free Online Course

Explore the UK financial services landscape today, including how financial firms and products are regulated. (The Open University Business School)

Open University Business School, Financial Services after the Banking Crisis online course

Finance Fundamentals: Managing the Household Balance Sheet - Free Online Course

Find out how to manage debt, investments, property and pension funds effectively. (The Open University Business School)

Open University Business School, Managing the household balance sheet online course

Raising Capital: Credit Tech and Crowdfunding - Free  Online Course

Gain a solid understanding of how disruptive new capital-raising technologies work and examine their success. (University of Michigan)

University of Michigan, Credit tech and crowdfunding online course

The Digital Economy: Effective Supply Chain Management – Free Online Course

Learn how to manage supply chains effectively and efficiently in the digital era. (The Open University Business School)

Open University Business School, Effective Supply Chain Management online course

Understanding Modern Business and Organisations  - Free Online Course

Learn how knowledge, technology, ethics and globalisation affect businesses today. (University of Strathclyde Glasgow)

University of Strathclyde Glasgow, Understanding modern business and organisations online course

General Data Protection Regulation – Free Online Course

Get an introduction to the GDPR and learn how to handle data in the digital economy safely, securely and respectfully. (UCL)

UCL, General data protection regulation online course

Business Fundamentals: Customer Engagement  - Free Online Course

Learn how to engage customers through relationships instead of one-off sales. (The Open University Business School)

Open University Business School, Customer engagement online course

Business Fundamentals: Effective Communication – Free Online Course

Gain a practical grounding in effective communication in a business context. (The Open University Business School)

Open University Business School, Effective Communication online course

Finance Fundamentals: Financial Planning and Budgeting

With household budgets feeling the pinch, find out how to bring order to your finances and make good decisions (The Open University Business School)

Open University Business School, Financial planning and budgeting online course

Virtual Law Fair Series 2020 - Legal Cheek – UK Legal Careers Event

The Legal Cheek UK Virtual Law Fair series runs throughout autumn 2020. The fairs give students from all parts of the UK the opportunity to meet the nation’s leading law firms from their laptops. Students based overseas who intend to qualify as solicitors and are eligible to work in the UK are also encouraged to attend.

Legal Cheek UK Virtual Law Fair Series 2020 events

 

 

 

Business Communication Skills

Written, verbal and/or online. (Could also include - Business etiquette, coaching, collaboration, influencing others)

Improve Presentation Skills - Online Resource

Want to improve your presentation skills? Some employers may ask you to deliver a presentation as part of the selection process for graduate employment so best to be prepared on what this may entail.  

Presentation Skills - Business Communication Skills

Business Communication: Writing a SWOT Analysis - Free Online Course

This course will help you understand the SWOT framework and analyse a business case study to produce an appropriate formal report. (The Open University)

The Open University, Writing a SWOT Analysis, online course

Marketing in the 21st Century - Free Online Course

This offers a managerial perspective on how to deliver more effective marketing in an organisation, regardless of whether it is based in the private, public or non-profit sector. (The Open University)

The Open University, Marketing in the 21st century, online course

Build a CV and Write a Cover Letter - Google Digital Garage - Free Webinar

Discover what makes a great CV and cover letter, how to describe your skills and quick tips on how to make your application shine. (Google Digital Garage)

Find out more about the next CV and Cover Letter Google Digital Garage webinar 

Build Your Personal Brand Online Google Digital Garage - Free Webinar

Learn to identify, build and protect your online presence with this free one hour webinar. (Google Digital Garage)

Find out more about the next Build your personal brand online Google Digital Garage webinar

Build Confidence with Self Promotion - Free Online Course

Find out how to promote yourself and speak openly about your achievements (Google Digital Garage)

Google Digital Garage, Build confidence with self promotion online course

Speaking in Public – Free Online Course

Feel more confident about public speaking, and learn how to quickly and easily tailor your speeches to specific audiences (Google Digital Garage)

Google Digital Garage, Speaking in public online course

Business Fundamentals: Effective Networking – Free Online Course

Learn how to build and sustain your network to enhance your professional relationships and open up career opportunities. (The Open University Business School)

Open University Business School, Effective networking online course

 The Secret Power of Brands – Free Online Course

Understand the role of brands and brand management in the modern world, and start developing your career in the sector (University of East Anglia)

University of East Anglia, The secret power of brands online course

Successful Negotiation Skills – Free Online Course

Discover the secret to efficient and successful negotiation and enhance your negotiation skills. (University of Michigan)

University of Michigan, Successful negotiation skills online course