Whether you’re a college student hoping for internships, a recent college graduate looking for a first job, or a mid-career professional trying to further your dreams, there are endless career-oriented resources out there for you to take advantage of. The possibilities can be overwhelming, so I’m breaking down all the various resources you may want to scope out. First up are podcasts!
Podcasts are what help me pass my hour-long commute in a productive way. They’re the perfect resource to make the most out of your down time, and there are so many career-oriented podcasts to choose from! Below I’ve outlined 5 of my favorites for the career-minded woman.
5 Podcasts to Tune Into for Career Advice
This podcast was created by Manager Tools, a management consulting firm whose mission is to make professionals more effective and productive. Career Tools is a free weekly podcast that goes over the basics from job hunting all the way to promotions. What I like about this podcast is that it’s established, the hosts are experienced but also open-minded to changes in the industry, and they are not afraid to call people out on their nonsense. They say exactly what they’re thinking, which is very refreshing. They focus a lot of episodes about different personality types (based on the DISC personality test) which personalizes different experiences for different types of people.
Jessica Smith is an upbeat, energetic career and wellness coach for 20-somethings. She loves to make genuine connections with the people who listens to her podcast, so if you like the podcast, follow her on social media too! She speaks about the the ups and downs life throws at us, and how we can best navigate them. Her career and resume advice comes from her years of recruiting experience. Her website emphasizes the fact that you are a whole person—not just a job hunter! Listen to this podcast if you’re interested in getting to know this supportive, down-to-earth person who’s just as likely to tell an embarrassing story about herself as give you tangible resources for fixing your resume and LinkedIn profile!
I can’t get enough of Stephanie’s podcast! After listening for a while, you get to know her so well that she feels like an old friend. Stephanie has a background in human resources and has worked in recruiting for many years. Her podcast covers a wide array of career advice and she prides herself on telling it like it is. She’s worked at jobs she has hated and some that she’s loved, which is why she knows how valuable finding a job you love can be. She gives tangible, step by step feedback on career navigation questions, which you can also find on her website. And, if you ever have a pressing question that you need help with, email her and she just might make an episode about it!
This podcast isn’t specifically about careers, but overall inspiration in life and pursuing your dreams. This podcast helped me stay consistently optimistic, inspired me to work towards my goals, and always uplifted my spirits when I listened to it. Gail interviews a new luminary each episode, many of whom have started their own business focused on self-improvement. There have been times when I was listening to the podcast and felt like the wisdom they were sharing was especially for me. If I’ve learned anything from my career journey, it’s that you need to get your internal mind and spirit right before you can achieve your dream career. This podcast will help you do that!
If you’re like me, you need regular reminders to focus on your goals and take action towards them. No matter what you want to accomplish, this podcast can give you that consistent motivation. The free version of the podcast (which is the one I listen to) only releases episodes every Monday, but it has been around for so long that you have plenty to listen to! Listen to this to beat the Monday blues and be reminded that if you stick to it, you can achieve everything you want in life.
I hope that among these 5, you find a podcast that really speaks to you. If you have other career-focused podcasts that you enjoy, share them in the comments below!
Erin Ford is a public relations account executive and has been blogging for many years. While attending Penn State, she discovered a love for Women’s Studies, which she found empowering and illuminating, and graduated with a minor in the subject. Since then, she finds fulfillment in speaking up about issues impacting women and girls, and believes that through honest conversations everyone can be empowered to do the same.