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Online Student Resources for Business

Students today consult the Internet to prepare for interviews, learn about their chosen industries, and watch news unfold live. Likewise, business professionals leverage online resources to chat with industry leaders, earn their degrees through distance learning and connect with new colleagues. Here is a collection of useful academic, networking and career resources that every business student and professional should add to their bookmarks.

Academic Tools

  • iTunes University Lectures: This application was created by Apple to help prominent educators stream free content directly to students’ computers and mobile devices.
    Business professors at major universities like Stanford, MIT, Harvard and Oxford upload free lectures, expert discussions, course assignments and supplementary materials, which students can then gain access to without paying a cent.
  • “Case in Point” Series: This collection of real-world case studies is a collaborative effort between The Washington Post and the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. Published bi-monthly, these business experts cover recent issues such as safety and budget concerns with European railways, global business communications and corporate social responsibility.

Student Networking

  • Biznik: With so many variables to address – such as leadership development, finances management, and building pipeline – striking out as an independent business owner is challenging. Biznik supports entrepreneurs by sponsoring member-hosted events all over the world.
  • Business Networking International: The numbers for BNI are astounding: more than 145,000 worldwide members, who last year generated more than 7 million referrals resulting in $3.3 billion in revenue for the organization. The official website features a news feed, links to the more than 250 U.S. chapters and other resources for both current members and prospective candidates.

Career Resources

  • Forbes‘ “Best Places for Business and Careers”: Students who will soon be graduating and launching a business career can use this ranking to keep an eye on key employment indicators. Forbes contributors compile this list using a strict methodology based on 12 different metrics, including income growth, quality of life and college rankings per city.
  • U.S. News & World Report‘s Best Business Jobs: This ranking from one of the world’s most respected academic publications takes an in-depth look at 24 leading business professions, with links to collegiate programs and career resources for each entry. The site also provides data related to median salaries, job openings and unemployment rates.

Business never stops moving, and it is crucial for students and professionals to keep up with global, national and local market trends. For this reason, today’s current and future corporate leaders utilize a myriad of web-based resources on a daily (if not hourly) basis.