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How to become a business development intern: Nifemi’s story

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Meet Nifemi, 23, from London and find out more about life as a business development intern. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

“I always wanted to make an impact on this world.”

  • Nifemi knew she wanted a job that made a difference but wasn’t sure what she wanted to do
  • Nifemi has found a perfect fit for her skills working as an intern for a small charity that supports the Irish community in London
  • An internship is a temporary placement, which will enable Nifemi to get on-the-job experience and help her decide what she wants to do
  • It’s Nifemi’s job to find new ways for the London Irish Centre charity to make money so it can continue the important work it does.

What to expect if you want to be a business development manager

  • Business development manager salary: £25,000 to £60,000 per year
  • Business development manager working hours: Average 37.5 hours per week
  • Typical entry requirements: There are no set entry requirements, but employers may ask for: GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) or equivalent, in Maths, English and IT as well as sales, marketing, or business management experience like Nifemi’s internship experience, or a degree in any subject. You could also work your way up from a sales or marketing role, get a head start by doing a college course in sales or business, or develop useful customer service and marketing skills by volunteering.
This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service)
For careers advice in all parts of the UK visit: EnglandNorthern IrelandScotland and Wales
Source: https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/articles/z47b2sg
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