Commercial Awareness - Antonio Greer
Antonio Greer
 
Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the latest Commercial Awareness day put on by Graduates Yorkshire. This was one of a series of days that, as well as providing a fabulous lunch, focus on helping graduates develop through learning new skills employers are looking for and networking. This particular session was about how we can use our experiences and interests to demonstrate our skills, knowledge, passion and abilities.

We completed a number of group tasks including looking at case studies and identifying issues surrounding those companies. Commercial Awareness means various things to different people however, an understanding of your company/industry/sector and anything affecting (or potentially affecting) this is something employers are looking for.

We spoke at great lengths about team work and how it is important to understand that we all, in any role, need team work. Despite being a team, it is vital that every individual is self aware if their strengths and weaknesses, knows what they bring to the team and their role within the team and also the strengths and weaknesses of the team. It was put to us by the trainer that "no one person can know everything, but collectively as a team we need to try and know everything" (related to our business).

We also lookin in great detal about goals, why it is important to constantly set yourself goals and that you must ensure these are achievable. This is coincidental as earlier in the week I was reading a blog on why people fail in jobs and the biggest reason was that people stop doing the things that made them successful and that got them the job in the first place.

All in all it was a very enjoyable day, I met some great graduates that I hope to network with in the future as well as taking away some important information that I will look to apply to my role. I have been lucky enough to attend a number of these days and if anyone would like information on where to look or advice, please contact me.

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