Earning a Master of Business Administration or MBA prepares students for a variety of careers within the business world. What you decide to do with your MBA is totally up to you.
No matter what career path you choose, being a successful businessperson requires a lot of drive, dedication, and hard work. Fortunately, there are a few "tools" that can help you as you work your way up your desired career path.
A few of these tools come in the form of mobile apps. That makes them accessible for MBA students everywhere. But which ones are the must-download mobile apps for those pursuing a Master of Business Administration?
1. Schedule Planner
You can't be effective in business (or business school) if you miss important meetings or classes, let deadlines pass, or don't keep up on your work. Schedule Planner helps you avoid all of these career-destroying situations by helping you prioritize and organize the tasks on your daily to-do list. You can also color code each one so you'll know at a glance whether that activity is business, personal, or fun.
Being in business can sometimes mean a lot of travel. Other times it involves working remotely. Always keep your business files accessible with the Dropbox mobile app. This app stores all of your important files on a cloud-based server, providing you access to them no matter where you are or what device you are on. Dropbox even offers the option of accessing some files and folders when you are offline, which is extremely helpful if you are going someplace that doesn't have a stable internet connection.
Master of Business Administration classes teach you how to effectively lead teams. One mobile app that enables you to keep all of your team's activities in one place is Asana. With Asana, you can keep a team calendar, which is helpful for group projects in class but also applies to work-related projects post-graduation. Asana also provides an easy-to-read list of who is responsible for what, milestone deadlines, discussion boards, and more.
4. Microsoft Teams
Another team-based app that is helpful to MBA students is Microsoft Teams. You can get your group together for a video meeting with this app or you can send a quick text-like chat complete with gifs, stickers, and emojis. Microsoft Teams has additional features that make your team communications more effective, such as screen and file sharing. You can even create a custom background to better reflect your personality (or to hide a messy office).
Part of being successful in business is managing finances. This is where the Quickbooks app comes into play. This bookkeeping software helps you manage your bills and expenses all in one place, which makes it easier to compile your data at tax time. Plus, its dashboard gives you a big-picture view of how you or your company are faring financially in real-time. You can even connect your bank account and credit cards to this application so information is input automatically, saving you a lot of effort and time.
Speaking of time, if you find it easy to be distracted while online, RescueTime can help you get back on track. This app keeps track of which websites you spend your time on and how long you're there. This information allows you to identify the Internet-based platforms that are stopping you from being more productive. You can even set your own time limits for certain online sites (like social media) and ask RescueTime to notify you once you've met them.
Access to online MBA courses enables you to travel while still earning your degree. And some businesspeople travel a lot for work, making TripIt an app that is worth downloading as it keeps all of your travel information in one place. All you have to do is email all of your travel-related confirmations to the app and it will create a master itinerary which includes your travel details, overnight accommodations, and car rental information. It can even tell you where to stop and eat as you move from one location to the next.
Consider Saint Leo University's MBA Program
All of these apps can help you as you navigate your way through your MBA program. And if you're not yet enrolled in an MBA program, Saint Leo University offers a Master of Business Administration program that is designed to prepare you in all areas of business. This includes access to educationally enriching classes such as Management Essentials, Business Analytics, and Corporate Finance.
Saint Leo also offers MBA students a variety of professional development opportunities via internships, conferences, and professional memberships. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you begin a long, successful career in business.