Employers want young people entering the workplace to have some commercial awareness. David Shindler talks with Nick Palmer of Bizenko on what it is, why it matters to employers and how you develop it in the latest Learning to Leap podcast. Nick has worked in the business world for over twenty years running his own company and in a variety of commercial organisations in the UK and overseas. He brings to our conversation his real-world experience of start-ups, entrepreneurship, recruitment and business management as we explore what’s at the heart of employer expectations.

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In our chat, we cover:

  • Nick’s career journey and the role of commercial awareness in plotting a career course.
  • The part commercial awareness plays in building self-confidence.
  • The question he asked that flummoxed a group of graduates studying to be lawyers.
  • The surgeon and the offer to her students they chose to refuse.
  • The Employer Petition that Nick promotes to hold employers to account as role models.
  • The value of an entrepreneurial attitude and how you can develop your commercial awareness.
  • Why his company is called Bizenko!

There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know. Donald Rumsfeld

Young people venture into the world of work not knowing what they don’t know. One of Nick’s concerns is that students and graduates underestimate or don’t know the importance of commercial awareness to employers. That’s why he set up Bizenko to help job applicants understand  employers’ needs and to specialise in commercial skills training. Check out his Crowdfunding initiative and connect with him on LinkedIn.

Look out for another Learning to Leap podcast next month!