Commercial Awareness

Employability Skills

Tue 12 Nov 2019 - 12:15 to 13:05

The term commercial awareness is used widely in recruitment but what does it mean?

On one level it’s the ability to understand what’s going on in the business world and even more importantly how this may affect the industry sector for which you’re applying. On another level it could be described as what you may have noticed whilst undertaking part-time employment or work experience which can help you understand and explore business issues.

This session will equip you with starting points for developing strong commercial awareness and provide some guidance on how to apply this both in a selection process and throughout your future career. You’ll have developed several key transferable skills through various forms of work experience and we will help you recognise and articulate them.


Final year Psychology student Nele will run the session together with Student Trainer, Mathias. Nele is hoping to qualify as lawyer after her graduation and has already gained first-hand commercial awareness experience at an internship in the Commercial Sector with the law firm Osborne Clarke in Bristol. As Events Officer of the Law Society on campus, she has acquired a wide array of contacts and connections with various employers and gained key insights into potential commercial awareness requirements for graduates when applying to commercial jobs. She has extensive experience within the SU and peer learning, for example as Lead Peer Mentor for the Psychology department or president of the student charity Bath Marrow.