Commercial awareness is very important especially for university students. Commercial awareness usually refers to a candidate’s general knowledge of business and their understanding of the industry which they are applying to join. To compete in any sector of the graduate job market, you need to demonstrate commercial awareness when you make online applications, go to interviews and attend assessment centres. Commercial awareness can be gained through work experience, or completing an internship in your chosen industry.
Keeping up with current affairs in the news is a really good way to develop your commercial awareness. There are many ways to receive news nowadays, for example: reading newspapers, watching news channels on TV, listening to the radio, surfing the internet and using mobile applications (apps). Simply by watching a 15-minute news update, you can get the break down of business and economic news for that day.
Below, I will explore useful apps to build your commercial awareness as a university student and also useful apps for everyday university life.
Most mobile phones come with their own news app, but if you’re looking for a little something more then why not try Reuters. Reuters is an international news agency and is a division of Thomson Reuters. Since the acquisition of Reuters Group by the Thomson Corporation in 2008, the Reuters news agency has been a part of Thomson Reuters, making up the media division. The Reuters app delivers breaking news, analysis and market data from the world’s most trusted news organization. The app makes it easy to explore a seamless stream of articles, pictures, and videos on your phone or tablet.
LinkedIn is a business and employment-oriented social networking service, it is mainly used for professional networking, including employers posting jobs and job seekers posting their CVs. The LinkedIn mobile App compared to the website can be a faster way to tap into your account, get news and information that interest you, get a daily brief on what’s happening in your network, and it’s a quick way to respond to the latest activities on your account. The app is great for job seeking and skill building. The app is free and can be downloaded on Google play and the Apple store.
Debut is a careers app for students and graduates looking for internship or graduate scheme opportunities at the UK’s best employers. The app is developed exclusively for students, it is relatively quick to complete a Debut profile, and employers will find you. A unique feature of the app is the games that are available to be played, where the students and graduates can engage in employer mobile games, competitions and challenges in order to win amazing prizes including internships, new technology equipment and trips abroad.
Monefy is a money management app, it has a simple layout that is easy to understand. It features tools for budgeting, balancing, and transaction tracking. It also has a built-in calculator, and can be converted to various currencies. Logging your expenses allows you to become more conscious of your spending habits, hence enabling you to figure out where the problem areas are so you can start working on how to improve. For a university student this can be a great start to your money budgeting journey. There is a free and paid version, neither of which have adverts.
UNiDAYS is a free student discount App which helps students to save both online and in-store, it is now available in over 7 countries. Becoming a member of UNiDAYS is free, you just need to proof that you’re a student and you will be able to access a world of discounts from various brands. Having UNiDAYS as an app on your phone can be very useful for checking the most recent offers and saving money. The app is also very easy to use, you can find discounts for all sorts of things: clothing, technology, music, stationery, food and more. UNiDAYS is partnered with the biggest brands including the likes of ASOS, Apple, Spotify, Paperchase and McDonald’s.
iLancaster is a free mobile app delivering Lancaster University services, resources and information. It’s available for you to download on both iOS and on Android. iLancaster is also available from any web browser. The app can be used by students, members of staff and even undergraduate applicants. There are many different features that both students and staff can enjoy. The timetable section is very useful to check your personal course and exam timetables. The bus timetable feature especially helps off-campus students to locate the nearest bus stop, and see when the next bus is due. There are many other features within the app and there is also access to Moodle through the app.
Overall, apps are becoming more and more useful as technology is advancing. Most young people have their phones with them at all times, you can literally find an app for almost anything making life easier and more convenient.