The most recent series of The Apprentice has got us thinking about business opportunities, and what basic skills will make you an exceptional candidate. There are many things that can help you make it in business, and many ways in which you can boost your chances. But with more people than ever trying to become the next Alan Sugar, it is fiercely competitive, and not everyone can make it.
You might think that in the cutthroat world of business you need extensive education, or complicated training, but it’s the basic building blocks which can really set you apart from the rest. It amazes me every year that most of the candidates on The Apprentice are lacking fundamental skills that are essential in most careers, and business is no different.
If you don’t know where to start, we have selected some of our employability courses that will help you to become a well-rounded, and well prepared individual.
When you mention business, most people think of sharp suits, grey buildings, and lots of high tech lingo. But creativity is a fundamental skill, and it is something which has helped us to form the complex society we live in today. In business it is so important to be able to innovate, to think differently, and to see things from the perspective of others.
This Mastering Creative Thinking course will help those who struggle to think on a creative way to open their mind, solve problems, and will provide many techniques that will help to get ideas flowing. You’ll find that when you hit a block, you are able to work around it, and can generate new ideas more freely. In addition, you will know which ideas to prototype, which is crucial in business.
Written and Verbal Communication
Communication is key! If you are unable to put your idea, point of view, or business plan across in a clear and concise manner then your business will not go far. You could have the best business idea and plan in the world, but if you cannot communicate it efficiently, it simply doesn’t matter.
The reason that this Technical Writing course is ideal for those hoping to enter the business world is because a business plan needs to be to the point, and clear, which is the style of writing the course focuses on.
If you can write proficiently, then taking our Communication for Managers course could also be very helpful. In business, particularly if you hope to begin your own business, you may need to communicate with employees, traders, or suppliers. If you cannot communicate in an effective manner, your business will go nowhere.
In any job, it is important to be able to manage time and workload effectively, particularly if you hope to establish your own business. If you cannot manage your time and keep on top of everything, how can you possibly hope to achieve success?
This Time Management course is extremely useful for anyone who is looking for a job, or who wants to start a business. You’ll learn basic life skills that will help you to excel, providing you with methods to manage workload and prioritise tasks.
Critical and Logical Thinking
Critical and logical thinking are essential skills which can be put to good use in any industry, especially business. You may have to negotiate, make decisions, or plan the best course of action, and all of these require critical and logical reasoning. During this Critical and Logical Thinking course you’ll be given plenty of tips about how to sort and assess material, put across your argument, and think in a logical way.
Effective CV Writing
It always amazes me that at least one of the candidates of The Apprentice have made a major mistake on their CV, or written something highly inappropriate on their application, which does not go unnoticed. While you might think that it’s obvious, or that you won’t make the same mistakes, it is very common to find silly mistakes on a CV. If you’re trying to make it in business, or the world of work in general, you must take it seriously, and present yourself in a way that makes others take you seriously. Mistakes on your CV is not a good way to do so.
We think of ourselves as CV experts, and have created several highly effective courses to help you create the perfect resume, including this Effective CV Writing course.
In business, as in most job roles, you are bound to experience a certain level of pressure, which can sometimes lead to stress. It’s understandable to feel stress, and we all feel the effects of stress at some point in our lives, it is just an undeniable part of modern life. So it is vital, as a business professional, to find coping mechanisms, ways in which you can deal with your stress.
This Stress Management course has been created by professionals who know what they’re talking about when it comes to stress management. This course has helped thousands of people to recognise the symptoms of stress, identify the cause, and implement stress management techniques to overcome it.