While some people cannot afford a good smartphone, it's quite disturbing that some still complain that paying about N20k plus for a smartphone is waste of money in this 21st century.
Almost everything is driven by technology and in no distant time technological advancement will overhaul the entire system as we know it.
Owning a smartphone is one step, utilizing it with vital application is another.
For a serving NYSC member, there are basic android apps that could make the service year more productive and worthwhile especially for those that do not have much work in their Place of Primary Assignment (PPA).
Below are Top 5 Mobile App Every NYSC Member Should Have
There's always the question "After NYSC, what next?". Job hunting is of course the next step for those that don't have a job waiting for them while others go back to their businesses or companies.
But why would you want to wait till end of service year before planning on the next course of action? Actively participating in the vital social fora gives you an employability advantage over others.
LinkedIn is the world's largest professional network with more than 530 million users in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.
It will connect you to opportunity and tap into your professional potential. The app makes it easier to discover, connect and nurture relationships with people that matter, search and apply for jobs, and get updates on topics and companies that make a difference all on the go.
The app also keeps you up to date with the latest business and industry news. You can follow companies and Influencers or professionals you admire, and find your way into your next dream job through current employees.
This online social network is a great place to connect and stay in touch with your professional relationships.
Download LinkedIn Android App
YouTube is a video sharing network and virtually all kinds of videos are publicly and freely available there.
How can that help a corps member?
There are numerous training videos on youtube covering most topics you can think of. You can learn a skill during your service year such as: How to bake, repair computers, play musical instrument, sew, etc.
With the app and good internet connection, the knowledge is readily at your finger tip.
Download YouTube Mobile App
In a situation that you pay heavily for data and you'll like to have the videos to view later, you can always download the videos to your device and watch them later. If you don't know how, ask me in the comment section below.
English Language is Nigeria's official language and some times in reading, you may come across words that you are not familiar with, having a dictionary at your finger tip can expand your vocabulary.
I recommended Merriam-Webster because it doesn't only provide meanings to words you search for but has other interesting features such as:
New Vocabulary-Building Quizzes: fun, fast quizzes to learn new words or test your vocabulary
Voice Search: look up a word without having to spell it
Word of the Day: learn a new word every day.
Integrated Thesaurus: synonyms & antonyms are included with the dictionary
Example Sentences: understand how a word is used in context
Quick Definitions: perfect for on-the-go lookups
Audio Pronunciations: voiced by real English speakers, not text-to-speech robots
Favorite Words and Search History: Keep track of the words that are most important to you
For tablets: Scrolling Index - lets you browse the entire dictionary
Download Merriam-Webster Android App
Nigeria has two official languages and there are French and English. French is not widely spoken as English in Nigeria but learning a foreign language such as French has lots of benefits and you can achieve this in your NYSC service year with the right tools.
To complement video lessons you may download from YouTube, Duolingo Language app aids you practice your speaking, reading, listening and writing skills while playing a game! You'll improve your vocabulary and grammar skills by answering questions and completing lessons. Start with basic verbs, phrases, and sentences, and learn new words daily.
Download Duolingo Android App
This is a popular app from google. It's a cloud storage system that has apps on Windows, Mac, iOS, Windows Mobile and Android.
Job applications are mostly done online in recent time, so, having all the softcopy of your credentials in one location readily available is a plus.
Dropbox allows you access to your files from any device anytime and anywhere.
Download Dropbox Android App