WCAN recommends the best resources for keeping abreast of business news.
For anyone hoping to climb the corporate ladder, whether as a consultant, banker or lawyer, commercial awareness is crucial. In our interconnected world, what happens in commodities can affect your consulting clients, and a high-profile legal case (e.g. the High Court Brexit example) can cause shockwaves in the financial markets. In a nutshell, it’s important to read widely, whatever your sector of interest. If you’re not an economics or law student, the expectations might not be as high, but nevertheless, a fundamental understanding of what’s happening in the commercial world is generally a prerequisite, particularly at interview stage. Not sure where to start? We’ve compiled a list of our favourite resources to help you keep up-to-date with all things business.
Probably the go-to resource for most “commercially aware” students, partly in thanks to its campus ambassadors, The Economist is a great start for anyone looking to get a grasp on the commercial headlines, but also follow key political debates. Content isn’t free, but there are affordable introductory student offers for both digital and print subscriptions (with a physical copy arriving on your doorstep ever Friday).
Not too keen on reading pages of business news? Try Bloomberg TV for all the headlines in a video format. If you can tolerate the adverts, you’ll find the content to be creative, informative and far more palatable than your typical broadsheet.
Wall Street Journal
For a stateside perspective on global business news, the Wall Street Journal’s online platform is an invaluable resource and often one of the best for breaking news. A £6-a-month student subscription might sound steep, but it ultimately equates to one less Pret lunch (and is far more useful than Netflix).
The Financial Times – FT Alerts
The FT is considered by many in The City to be an authority on all things finance. If the newspaper itself seems rather intimidating, consider signing up to FT Alerts – you can pick and choose which briefings you want straight to your inbox. FT is one of the more expensive resources, but many universities offer discounted or free FT subscriptions to their students.
Business Insider is one of the more user-friendly resources, presenting hard-hitting business news in a Buzzfeed-style format. As with Buzzfeed, resist the temptation to click on the addictive and surprisingly time-consuming ‘listicles’.
For those hoping to enter the world of consulting, make sure to keep up-to-date with McKinsey Insights. The world’s top consulting company converts data and analytics from its research in all areas of business into insightful articles to help clients make better decisions.
The Market Mogul
Market Mogul aims to be the go-to financial news site for millennials – an interactive, easy-to-navigate upgrade to its somewhat stuffy competitors. Each article states how long it will take to read (usually no longer than a few minutes) and there are video interviews with influencers from a range of industries. The best news? It’s completely free.