You can multitask at the console! Something which took me far too long to figure out.
When launching an app[b]
#appname & launches the app in the background
#appname & launches the app in the foreground
[b]When an app is already running
Ctrl + Z makes the app stopped (no longer running and backgrounded).
#jobs lists the current jobs you have running
#fg [job number] put a job in to the foreground
#bg [job number] put a job in to the background
Now use these skills wisely!