Commercial awareness

When you’re planning your next career move, it is useful to get as much information as possible on what is happening in the business world. Firstly it will help you to identify the types of company or the field that you are interested in, and secondly it will help you at interview.

Prospective employers will want you to show commercial awareness – they may expect you to know the market conditions they face (nationally, internationally) or other information such as the exchange rate or share price if the company is publicly listed.

Your first port of call could be the University library, but the other online resources below may also be useful.

Business press - Lancaster University’s subscription to means that all students and staff accessing from computers on the campus network have access to subscriber services. These include current and archived articles, FT reports and surveys, company news and share price information, and personalised services such as email alerts.

Bloomberg – comprehensive guide to the world of business finance

Business Week – global business news

CBS Money Watch

The Economist

Forbes – technology and economics reports

Harvard Business Review

Wall Street Journal

Washington Post

Also useful:

World Chambers Network – provides a global directory for chambers of commerce

Biz/ed – business education site which includes free access to some company data

For specific industries

Advertising and marketing

Campaign – online version of the trade magazine of the UK advertising industry, with news and job vacancies section

Marketing Week – trade magazine for the marketing industry in the UK, with jobs section, browsable by sector

Pressat – tips on getting a job in PR, plus links to best places to look for vacancies


e-FinancialCareers – provide a downloadable annual graduate guide, Careers in Financial Markets, giving insights into which companies are recruiting and advice on how to apply for graduate schemes or internships.


HR magazine – for human resources professionals, with interesting features on HR-related issues

Science and technology

New Scientist – also has its own separate jobs site, in various areas of science and technology