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Crunched for Time? 16+ Short Job Simulations on Forage That Only Take 1-2 Hours (or Less!)

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One of the best ways to figure out if a job is right for you is to try it out. While many people do that through an internship, not everyone can commit to one. That’s where Forage comes in. Our virtual job simulations let you test-drive a job without a summer or semester-long commitment. Many of our in-depth job simulations take several hours to show you a true “day in the life” of a particular career. But what if you’re so pressed for time, you can’t commit to that? Enter the time-saving “short” job simulation!

What Is a Short Job Simulation?

A short job simulation should take you no more than two hours to complete. While we can’t guarantee you can finish in less than two hours, pint-sized job sims generally have two to three tasks (some have four) and each task should take between 30 and 60 minutes to complete.

Why Should I Do a Short Job Simulation?

These brief job simulations are fantastic for students who want to complete a job simulation but don’t have the time to devote to one of our longer ones. And they’re also ideal for people who haven’t totally decided on a career. Short job simulations are the perfect introduction to what it would be like to work in a particular job.

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What’s more, our short job simulations span a wide range of career fields. Real estate? Accounting? Law?

16 Short Job Simulations on Forage

Below are 16 short job simulations you can find on Forage that will only take you 1-2 hours — listed in alphabetical order by company name. 

1. ACCA Career Insights: Accounting for the Music Industry

Skills You’ll Build:

  • Accounting principles
  • Data analysis
  • Data mining

In this short job simulation, you’ll step into the shoes of an accountant working in the music industry. Working on two teams, Commercial Pricing and Cost Management, you’ll learn why getting the price right for a product is critical.

Then, you’ll learn how to analyze expense reports and check them for policy compliance, find variances, and use that information to develop cost management strategies.

2. Aon Early Career Associate Account Executive (AAE) Spotlight

Skills You’ll Build:

  • Defining risk
  • Analyzing risk
  • Prioritizing risk

In this job simulation, you’ll learn the fundamentals of how a company identifies and assesses risk. You’ll also gain an understanding of how risk is measured against severity and frequency. Working with your client, a large sports stadium, you’ll rank which areas need protection and complete a risk matrix for them.

3. BCG Introduction to Strategy Consulting

Skills You’ll Build:

Consultants help their clients solve their pressing business challenges by providing insights and solutions. In this job simulation, you’ll devise a few solutions for your client and also learn how to come up with impactful ideas.

You’re helping your client, a luxury clothing company, increase revenue. But instead of participating in a standard brainstorming session, you’ll learn how to generate better ideas. You’ll discover how to reframe your assumptions, change your thought process, and think creatively to make suggestions that get results.

4. BCG Teaming@BCG

Skills You’ll Build:

Enhance your leadership skills and learn how to create a collaborative environment in this short job simulation.

As the project leader, you’re tasked with leading a team of people from across the organization — each with different skills and objectives. You’ll coach them through the project, ensuring everyone understands their role and works together to get the job done.

Then you’ll learn how to lead when the client makes an unexpected request. You’ll figure out  the best action plan and present your recommendation to your superiors.

5. BNY Mellon’s Client Service

Skills You’ll Build:

Take a deep dive into the world of client services. In this short job simulation, you’ll help your client, a nonprofit organization, automate some of their records. You’ll meet with the client to understand their goals and objectives, then review and recommend solutions.

You’ll also learn the difference between a customer relationship manager (CRM) and an enterprise customer relation manager (ECRM) and how using each system can help you improve your client service skills.

6. CBRE Commercial Real Estate

Skills You’ll Build:

Commercial real estate is more than signing leases and collecting rent. There’s a lot of work that goes into developing and maintaining relationships with tenants. 

You’ll start by creating a prospect plan for a possible fintech client. This will help you master the art of identifying and developing strong relationships now for future growth. Then, you’ll learn more about the real estate activities for a client and why it’s important to partner with internal stakeholders for overall company success.

7. CBRE Facilities Maintenance

Skills You’ll Build:

  • Property management
  • Strategic planning
  • Procurement
  • Due diligence

In this short job simulation you’ll learn what it takes to work in facilities maintenance, specifically property inspection. Property inspections are critical to overall facility maintenance as they identify systems that need repairs.

Once you’ve learned about the inspection process, you’ll review an inspection report and learn when and how to sign off on work orders.

8. CBRE Project Management

Skills You’ll Build:

  • Risk analysis
  • Organization
  • Excel
  • Critical thinking

See what it’s like to work as a project manager on a large scale project. Your client wants to build a new showroom, and you’ve been tasked with helping the team create a feasibility plan. You’ll review the documents to identify any risks and learn more about the capital planning process.

Then, to document the timeline for the project, you’ll learn how to create a Gantt chart in Excel.

9. Electronic Arts Product Management

Skills You’ll Build:

  • Performance metrics
  • Project planning
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem-solving

In this job simulation you’ll see what it’s like to work as a product manager in the gaming industry.

First you’ll learn what a key product indicator (KPI) is and how the company uses it to make decisions. Then, you’ll learn how to choose which data to present and create a data-driven presentation about your KPIs.

10. Fidelity Investments Customer Service

Skills You’ll Build:

  • Active listening
  • Customer service
  • Communication
  • Research

Learn more about financial customer services in this short job simulation. You’ll learn how to use your active listening skills to ask your client better questions and uncover what they want and need. Then you’ll learn how to use internal digital resources to help you find the answers you need and solve the customer’s problem.

11. Goldman Sachs Software Engineering

Skills You’ll Build:

  • Cryptography
  • Password best practices
  • Password cracking
  • Cryptography
  • Password best practices
  • Password cracking

In this short job simulation you’ll crack a leaked password database. This will help you understand how hackers get around security, and you’ll get to try some of their techniques. You’ll try to crack as many passwords as possible, then draft an email to your supervisor suggesting improvements to the company’s current security controls.

12. Mastercard Cybersecurity

Skills You’ll Build:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Technical security
  • Strategy
  • Data analysis

See what it’s like working in cybersecurity. You’ll design a phishing email, send it to the team, and see what happens! Using the results of your test (who opened the email and who clicked the links), you’ll determine which teams need more cybersecurity awareness training. Then you’ll create a presentation about phishing.

13. Mayer Brown Introduction to Litigation

Skills You’ll Build:

  • Legal research
  • Critical thinking
  • Fact analysis
  • Strategy

Working in the legal profession means there are a lot of practice areas to choose from. This short job simulation lets you test the waters in litigation.

You’ll start by learning what hearsay is and what kinds of evidence are admissible in court. After that, you’ll learn about the different types of questions you can ask a witness and why asking certain kinds of questions is better than others. And finally you’ll learn how to draft a closing argument that best sums up your case.

14. Red Bull Off-Premise Sales

Skills You’ll Build:

  • Data analysis
  • Presentation
  • Organization
  • Written communication

Learn some of the tactics you’ll need to be successful in sales. Acting as a key account manager, you’ll analyze a data set from a retailer, then make recommendations to your supervisor on how you could grow the account and increase sales. Then you’ll create a presentation that summarizes the findings.

15. Red Bull On-Premise Sales

Skills You’ll Build:

  • Data analysis
  • Account management
  • Strategy
  • Sales

This job simulation will help you understand the difference between on- and off-premise sales and how each job requires different skills.

You’ll start by creating a few Excel charts that track how your accounts are performing. Using that data, you’ll create a presentation about what you think is driving performance in these accounts. Then you’ll learn which terms you can negotiate with your customer and how to level up your negotiation skills.

16. Ryan Transaction Tax Consulting

Skills You’ll Build:

In this short job simulation, you’ll get a taste of what it’s like to work in tax consulting. You’ll review sales tax returns and reconcile the details with the reports. Then, you’ll note any errors and record your findings in Excel.

14 More Short Job Simulations on Forage

Looking for even more short job simulations on Forage? Here are the rest:

  1. Arnold Bloch Leibler Australia Commercial Law
  2. Ashurst UK Energy & Infrastructure Projects
  3. AWS Solutions Architecture
  4. Datacom Software Development
  5. Linklaters USA Commercial Law
  6. Moreton Bay Regional Council Careers In Tourism: Customer Support
  7. Moreton Bay Regional Council Economic Development
  8. Moreton Bay Regional Council Food & Agribusiness: Agronomy
  9. nbn Trainee Customer Field Technician
  10. NSW Government Digital
  11. Skyscanner Front-End Software Engineering
  12. Teach For Australia Leading a classroom
  13. Telstra Cybersecurity
  14. White & Case Germany DE Mergers & Acquisitions

Bonus: 3 Super Short Job Simulations

Super-pressed for time? Here are three job simulations on Forage that take between 30 and 60 minutes:

  1. JPMorgan Chase Commercial Banking Innovation Development Program
  2. Moreton Bay Regional Council Advanced Manufacturing: Machine Operations 
  3. Thermo Fisher Scientific Mass Spectrometry

Start Small for Big Wins

These are just some of the short job simulations you can find on Forage. And no matter what career you’re thinking about pursuing, we’ve got a virtual job simulation that can help you take your skills to the next level. Check them out.

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Rachel Pelta is the Head Writer at Forage. Previously, she was a Content Specialist at FlexJobs, writing articles for job seekers and employers. Her work has been featured in Fast Company, The Ladders, MSN, and Money Talks News.