TTC Institute is looking forward to running the IIT Business skills Bootcamp in partnership with Stuart School Of Business.

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Contact Amanda Kemp [email protected] to find out more.

Welcome to the Summer 2023 Developing Business Skills & Competencies!

One thing you learn very early in life is that to get what you want you need to have a plan. Be it business or education, the basis for the developing a plan is often the same: you join a thriving organisation, compete with fellow workers or students, prepare complex reports, learn new technologies and processes, attend meetings, meet deadlines and speak up in public. The main part of the plan from the outset is knowing ‘how to plan’ and what you will need to do to make that plan successful.

Developing fundamental business competencies means developing these skills for life and, at an early stage in your academic and business career, they are likely to be more beneficial to you.

Develop your business competencies, build your plan, and become successful.

This Program highlights eight important business-related skills that everyone should know and practice in order to become successful. It starts with organising your life, explains why health is the basis for successful work, how to plan effectively, how to write excellent reports, how to present your point effectively in public, why creativity is important and why we should collaborate. Lastly, we celebrate success with an eye on the next step while learning from the prior one.

There are eight Modules that are delivered live online and in each of the Modules there will be tasks to perform that lead to verified digital awards if completed successfully.

By the end of the course, participants will have developed strong business competencies that support work and education: organising, keeping healthy, planning, speaking, writing and collaboration skills. They will gain confidence in their ability to communicate effectively in an academic and professional environment. They will be equipped with the knowledge and techniques necessary to produce clear, concise, and impactful written communication as well as learning how to present themselves effectively. This will support their educational attainment, business objectives and conveys professionalism.

Completion of the problem sets each week will enable you to achieve a number of verified skills awards which are useful to demonstrate competency and to provide evidence of achievement in discussions with potential employers. By completing each of the problem sets you will receive a certified award showing that you have graduated. 

Module 1 - Organising Your Life Ready for Work

Starting a new venture, be it in education or business, requires a great deal of organisation. There are countless examples of very talented people who never seem to be organised enough to carry through to complete their goals and aspirations and subsequently fail. A lot of energy, time and money is spent trying to achieve a goal and not reaching it is dispiriting and disappointing. Often the main reason for lack of success is organisation. How best to make use of time, how to allocate time to tasks, how to plan effectively and how to complete a task. This class explains more about how to become organised and successful.

  • What do I need to do to get organised?
  • How do I prioritise the things I have to do to be most effective?
  • What are the challenges of keeping organised once I have a plan?
  • Knowing what to do first and in which order.
  • Setting realistic objectives and defining expected outcome and priorities.
  • Making sure you have the right goal in mind before you start.
  • Meeting deadlines can be tricky if you don’t plan sufficiently well – how to reach the deadline successfully.
  • Dealing with the unexpected – how to get back on track if something knocks you off of your course.
  • Overcoming potential barriers and rewarding a job well done.
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Module 2 - The Importance of Keeping Healthy - Mental and Physical Wellbeing

When we move to a new City or start a new job it can be challenging to find the best ways to remain healthy. Apart from finding the best food venues, it is vital to keep mentally healthy while you experience the bombardment of new challenges and opportunities. You may be given unexpected tasks that you are not confident with, use technology you are not trained on and must interact with people you don’t necessarily like. This causes stress and anxiety, and you will need to function well while feeling not so well. How can you help yourself?

  • Keeping the routine of eating at specific times and eating the right food helps maintain energy and stamina.
  • Water consumption is vital to good concentration and low stress levels. Why?
  • How to avoid the impulse purchase of food that is not good for you.
  • Stresses and strains are part of daily life but sometimes these become extreme when you are faced with unfamiliar tasks and potentially challenging environments. Learn how to identify these times and how to deal with them.
  • The vital role of breathing in maintaining low levels of stress.
  • Understanding what goes on in your mind when you are stressed and controlling the ‘stressors’ when they occur.

Develop your business competencies. Build your plan. Become successful.

Module 3 - Developing Planning Skills

It goes without saying, that good timekeeping is essential to success. We don’t need to explain why as common sense suggests that moon landings, medical surgery and sporting activities are just a few of the many endeavors that rely on timing. Your life also relies on timing especially in a business or academic context. Sometimes just turning up is a success in itself. Being present gains valuable advantages even without the need to actively participate. So how do we plan for success and get there on time?

  • There is nothing worse for morale than missing tutorials, meetings or deadlines and it creates unnecessary stress for all those involved. How best to develop a time sensitive approach?
  • The useful option to divide your day into different time periods.
  • Where are you going? Don’t get lost. No one will believe you. How to find direction and your ultimate destination.
  • First how do we know which of our work tasks is the most important?
  • Getting to the point: how to work out the key tasks that need to be performed and results that need to be found without going off at a tangent.
  • What methods should you use to plan your work?
  • The logistics of gathering resources: what will you need and how do you find it without wasting time?
  • How to note, cite and refer to your resources. Don’t lose track of your resources!
  • Filing and maintain databases of information, however enormous or small.
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Module 4 - How to Make an Excellent Presentation in Public

Public speaking isn’t easy. It needs to be planned, practised and delivered correctly and is a challenge that most of us would avoid. However, in business and in academia you will no doubt be asked to speak up. How best to prepare for this and to control the delivery?

  • Feel the fear and do it anyway! Why presenting in public is a challenge but a joy when done.
  • What are the key elements of being able to speak in public? We can all do them.
  • Preparation is everything. How best to prepare for your speech.
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  • Learn how to structure a presentation with the end goal in mind.
  • Understand who you will be presenting to and what message you want to give.
  • Writing things down. Even the best orators in history used notes!
  • Get used to listening to your voice and run through the presentation audibly.
  • Tips for building up a strong presentation through imagining.
  • Controlling sentence structure and pauses.
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  • How to feel good about what you are about to say.
  • Pace of delivery is important. How to gauge the right pace.
  • The importance of speaking slowly and clearly. Tips to enhance your presentation.
Communicate effectively in an academic and professional environment.

Module 5 - How to Write Excellent Reports and Essays

You may be a literary genius but most of us must carefully practice our writing skills to be well understood and to get our point across. What’s important in effective writing? Often, we are asked to prepare a written report, essay, or memo at a time when we have better things to do. How best to write a good quality piece of work in the time allotted?

  • Effective business writing skills can be learnt and practised.
  • What challenges do we face when we are writing and how can we overcome them?
  • What are the key things we need to know to be able to write effectively?
  • How to write clear and concise sentences while avoiding waffle.
  • How to keep on the topic and avoid content drift.
  • The importance of using plain language and avoiding the use of jargon.
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  • Structuring academic and business documents that get to the point.
  • Developing a logical flow and coherence that the reader will like.
  • Starting and ending well: effective introductions and conclusions.
  • Being aware of essential grammar rules for academic and business writing.
  • Using proper punctuation and capitalization.
  • Spotting common grammatical errors and pitfalls and learning to avoid them.
  • Writing persuasive proposals to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Re-reading, editing, and proofreading: tidying up the end product.
  • How to quickly identify and correct errors in spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
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Module 6 - How to make the best use of Creativity

We are all creative. Some of us might be more creative than others in various fields including art, music, popular culture, and mathematics, but we can all harness the usefulness of creativity in our daily lives. Why is creativity so important? From discussions with employers, we learnt that creativity is one of the most important attributes for hiring new employees. Why is this so and how can you make your creativity an effective and useful tool?

  • Understanding the importance of creativity in personal and professional contexts
  • Debunking myths and misconceptions about creativity
  • Exploring the benefits of cultivating creativity
  • Developing a growth mindset to embrace creativity
  • Overcoming mental blocks and self-limiting beliefs
  • Cultivating curiosity and openness to new ideas
  • Techniques for generating ideas and brainstorming
  • Enhancing observation and perception skills
  • Applying design thinking principles to problem-solving
  • Utilizing frameworks for structured idea generation

Produce clear, concise, and impactful written communication.

Module 7 - Why we should All Collaborate

Many cultures around the world encourage collaborative activities among workers and students. Without collaboration we are unlikely to attain a depth of understanding in our chosen field of activity as sharing ideas with others promotes our own ideas and fosters creativity. We learn from others and help others to learn. Being able to effectively collaborate supports good academic and business success. Why and how do you benefit from collaborating with fellow colleagues in academia and business?

  • Understanding the mechanics of collaboration.
  • Purposeful collaboration underpins achievement and creates shared success. How best to create the basis for this?
  • Supporting others and collaborating does not mean doing their work for them. How not to fall into a trap.
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  • What can you bring to the project? Understanding your strengths and weaknesses.
  • How to actively listen in order to understand why your collaboration is important.
  • Examining and analysing the other party’s interests and potential objections.
  • How to actively listen to understand why your collaboration is important.
  • Practicing active listening and communicating your ideas and thoughts.
  • Overcoming potential communication barriers and creating the basis for understanding.
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Module 8 - Celebrating Success

There is nothing wrong with celebrating success. Having achieved a goal through hard work, diligence, and skill you should celebrate but don’t forget that each success is a stepping-stone to another. Rather than seeing your successes in isolation, build them into a continuum and learn from them to move on to the next. Often the best successes are private victories acknowledged without your peer group knowing. Some successes are minor but important and should also be acknowledged. Be good to yourself and give yourself credit where it is due but learn from the experience.

  • What are the components of success and how do we measure them?
  • Is there a difference between private and widely acknowledged success?

Identifying common challenges and misconceptions about being successful

  • The importance of knowing why you are successful.
  • The importance of revisiting your success and how it occurred.
  • What circumstances led to your success, and can you repeat them?
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  • Current successes underpin future successes.
  • How to form the infrastructure to support successes.
  • Keeping the pillars strong when the view of your former successes’ changes.

Contact our team if you have any questions

At TTC Institute we build up your knowledge of business and financial markets and help you to develop skills that you can take directly into the workplace. This means that you ‘hit the ground running’ with current market and technology understanding.