The business world is competitive, and you have to be up to date with the latest technology and trends, no matter where you’re working or what your job entails. If you’re going to school for a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, it’s high time that you give up your antique flip phone and opt for a smartphone, whether it’s an iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, or anything of the sort. You could even invest in a portable tablet, such as an iPad, so you can use apps to their full potential.
Once you’ve got your new device, it’s time to start downloading apps that grad students all over the country are raving about.
1. The Economist: For staying on the ball
The Economist is a slick program on both smartphones and advanced portable tablets, displaying news about the latest financial, scientific and technological updates. You have the option of either reading or listening to most of the articles, even without a paid subscription, so you can save some extra cash while pursuing an on-campus or online MBA. If you do have the funds to afford a subscription, you have full access to all of the articles and audio files.
2. Evernote: For getting organized
Tech critics are raving about Evernote, the free and unbelievably easy-to-use organization app that allows you to store everything in one place. Read a fascinating article on The Economist? All you have to do is save it into Evernote and it’ll be there for you to reread later on. This free app also has great note-taking capabilities so if you suddenly have a brilliant business idea while you’re sipping a cup of coffee in a cafe, you can swiftly write it down before it disappears. Better yet, this app connects to all of your devices, whether you’ve got a laptop or desktop computer.
3. Instapaper: For Wi-Fi-less reading
No, it’s nothing like Instagram, but it’s definitely a must for MBA students. Have you ever been stuck on a train without any internet connection and you have to read a paper before getting to class? Instapaper allows you to save lengthy business articles that you can access without having any Wi-Fi or 3G reception. This app has already gotten critical acclaim from Apple as well as business blogs, newspapers and magazines.
4. Cardmunch: For keeping everyone in one place
Tired of holding onto dozens of business cards after attending meetings? With Cardmunch, you can organize all of your new contacts in one place and even store your LinkedIn friends in your phone the same way you do your real-life buddies. All you have to do is take a picture of the business card and the app automatically inputs all of the necessary information. Every time you input a business card, a team of real people (not computers) reviews the information and provides you with additional stats about the company. All you have to do is get a little ambitious during your meet-and-greets and collect as many contacts as possible.
5. Cram: For study sessions
While you shouldn’t cram for all of your MBA exams, this aptly named app lets you create flashcards and practice tests while organizing all of your notes and exam dates in one convenient place. Are you the forgetful type? As soon as your professor announces the date for the next quiz or test, immediately put it into Cram so you can avoid procrastinating simply because you completely forgot about the exam.