Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction to current affairs

    • Why do you need to know about current affairs?

    • How do current affairs come up in interviews?

    • What level of understanding do you need ?

    • Is breadth or depth of commercial awareness more important?

  • 2

    Current news and developments

    • Current affairs wrap up: business, legal and markets insights from August 2021

    • Current affairs wrap up: business, legal and markets insights from July 2021

    • Current affairs wrap up: business, legal and markets insights from June 2021

    • Current affairs wrap up: business, legal and markets insights from May 2021

    • Current affairs wrap up: business, legal and markets insights from April 2021

    • Current affairs wrap up: business, legal and markets insights from March 2021

    • Spring Budget Update 2021

    • Current affairs wrap up: business, legal and markets insights from February 2021

    • Watson's Daily: a review of 2020 and key trends to look out for in 2021

  • 3

    Legal industry trends and developments

    • Legal industry tends: 2020 and beyond

    • Legal tech: Jake Schogger

    • Legal tech: Gordon Chung and Simran Mann

  • 4

    Developing your understanding and awareness of current affairs

    • Reading about current affairs: newspapers

    • Reading about current affairs: digests and data aggregators

    • How to select news stories to discuss

    • Techniques to develop your awareness and understanding of current affairs

  • 5

    How to discuss current affairs in interviews

    • How to effectively discuss current affairs

    • Examples of how Peter Watson discusses current affairs

    • Examples of how Jake Schogger discussed news stories in his interviews

    • Examples of how Harry Clark discussed news stories in his interviews

    • How to tailor your discussion to an interviewer

    • How to link current affairs to a firm

    • Common mistakes

  • 6

    Macroeconomics

    • Introduction to macroeconomics

    • QUIZ ~ Macroeconomics

  • 7

    Further reading

    • Recommended resources

Instructors

Peter Watson

Peter Watson has been a stockbroker, headhunter and entrepreneur for over 20 years. He writes and publishes the Watson's Daily blog on business and financial markets news, helping professionals and students alike to understand key trends and developments on a daily basis. Peter studied Law and Japanese at Cardiff University and so when he started working in the City, he had to "learn" economics and markets rapidly in a highly pressurised and competitive environment. He knows what you need to know and serves it up in an approachable way. Peter's markets knowledge comes from being a stockbroker for 13 years at four different investment banks in London and Tokyo, where he advised some of the world's biggest investors who traded on the UK, European and Japanese markets. He also advised CEOs and Chairmen of global blue-chip companies on investor trends and strategies. He has also been a City headhunter in finance and investment banking and a successful candidate in many different professions! www.watsonsdaily.com I @watsons_daily

City Career Series Founder & Ex-Freshfields Lawyer

Jake Schogger

Jake Schogger is a qualified lawyer, career coach, entrepreneur, author, copywriter and consultant. He is the founder and CEO of City Career Series, a publishing company that has sold ~50,000 handbooks designed to help students secure City careers, including the critically acclaimed Commercial Law Handbook. He trained at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and now acts as a legal adviser to start-ups and scale-ups, whilst also working as a career coach and delivering career-related presentations at universities across the UK. In addition, Jake works with tech start-ups and runs a variety of his own businesses, including a creative/commercial consultancy (Fresh Perspective) and a luxury cake business (Whisk & Drizzle). For more information, visit: www.citycareerseries.com and www.linkedin.com/groups/8944518 or search for “City Career Series” on YouTube, LinkedIn and Instagram.

Podcaster & Baker McKenzie Trainee

Harry Clark

Harry Clark, future Baker McKenzie Trainee Solicitor, is best known as the host of the More From Law podcast, an employability and commercial awareness podcast that has accumulated tens of thousands of streams to date. He also produces comprehensive resources for aspiring lawyers, including a broad range of articles, e-books and other content designed to help increase access to the legal profession. For more information, visit harryclarklaw.com, search @harryclarklaw across social media and connect with Harry on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/harryclarklaw

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