Business Awareness

While there are many lists of these ’employability’ skills, at Oxford we focus on the key eight skills – based on the Confederation of British Industry (CBI)’s report, Future Fit.

This page focuses on Business Awareness. To read more about the other seven employability skills, click on the links below.

 

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These ideas are ways to start thinking about business awareness. You’re unlikely to use these as evidence of business skills in a written application, but they might be things you reference to demonstrate an ongoing interest.

  • Read about business in the FTEconomist etc.
  • Subscribe to sector based magazines or other publications.
  • Attend an insight day or employer presentations.
  • Take part in consulting case studies run by The Careers Service, advertised on CareerConnect.
  • Read business related autobiographies.

These are all quick ways you can boost your business awareness, and mention in applications.

  • Budget for a complex travelling trip, or for a summer project.
  • Take part in a college Telethon fundraising event.
  • Raise funds for charity with a student society.
  • Attend the Building a Business course at the Saïd Business School.
  • Compete in Management Consulting case competitions.
  • Participate in online investment competitions.
  • Get involved in relevant student societies, such as Oxford Entrepreneurs, or the Oxford Guild.
  • Work part-time in your college bar.
  • Negotiate with a local business to give a discount to members of a student society you belong to.
  • Do a Micro-internship.
  • Consult for a local organisation (even if voluntary) or student society.
  • Suggest ways to improve efficiency at work, resulting in time or cost savings.
  • Sign up for the Enterprising Oxford newsletter, engage in their events at SBS and across the University.
  • Volunteer regularly, for example via OxHub.
  • Join The Student Consultancy or The Researcher Strategy Consultancy to get an insight into a local business.
  • Manage the budget for a student society, college club, newspaper, departmental conference.
  • Apply for an internship – for example, through our Summer Internship Programme. There are lots of different opportunities out there – see our page on finding work experience for tips.
  • Participate in Insight into Business – our termly programme designed to raise commercial awareness and demystify business.
  • Sell a skill! If you’re a member of a band for example, organise some gigs that will provide remuneration.
  • Organise an event that has to turn a profit, such as a concert, ball or a college bop.
  • Start your own business or social enterprise! Seek support from local initiatives featured on  Enterprising Oxford and make connections to others going this route.

Click on the 'CareerConnect EVENTS'  tab below to see upcoming events from the Careers Service where you can build on this skill.

CareerConnect EVENTS

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