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8 podcasts for practical career and work advice

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Words by Delicia Smith

When you need to level up at work – whether it’s your first job, you’re setting up a side hustle or dealing with a difficult boss – practical advice can set you on the right track for success.

And how good that listening to a career podcast will hook you up with all sorts of experts and free advice for all the ways to be more efficient and effective at work.

You can learn so much, from handy CV hacks and interview mistakes not to make to how to negotiate a bigger salary and science-backed training to improve your memory.

Podcasts are so simple to slot into your daily life – and the right one can put you into the frame of mind to smash your career goals and discover the keys to a better work life.

So here are eight of the best podcasts with practical career advice that will have you inspired and ready to go at work.

This Working Life

There’s just so much useful advice and practical content on This Working Life. From handling imposter syndrome to surviving the sack, this podcast helps you navigate your way through the world of work. Hosted by Lisa Leong, conversations are packed with careers and business experts from a range of industries, who share their ideas, experiments and fast-fails so that you can apply them to your own career.

Listen on Apple Podcasts and Spotify

My Millennial Career

Honest careers advice from HR professionals Shell and Em. We’re talking super useful, easy to understand, practical career content and engaging banter that will give you confidence on your job hunt and in your professional life.

Listen on Apple Podcasts and Spotify

9 To 5ish

A 30-minute dose of inspiration from co-founders and co-CEOs of theSkimm, Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg who share their career wisdom – and they know what they’re talking about! These are meaningful conversations with other amazing women who bring so much experience to the table. 

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How To Be Awesome At Your Job

This show helps grow your skills and impact at any job that requires thinking and collaborating. So that’s most jobs! Each week, Pete interviews thought-leaders and results-getters to discover specific, actionable insights that boost work performance. Boost your time/energy management, leadership, confidence, career opportunities… so many insights.

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How I Work

If you’ve ever wondered if the world’s leading entrepreneurs, writers, musicians and business people construct their day differently to you, How I Work is for you. It delves into the working days of some of the world’s most successful innovators to discuss tactics, rituals and tricks they use to achieve so much more than the average person, despite having the same number of hours in the day.

Listen on Apple Podcasts and Spotify

8 Minutes To Change Your (Work) Life

These truly bite-size episodes promise to change the way you approach work in just eight minutes. From time management to organisation to emails – whatever the thing that is holding you back, productivity expert Deborah Ho and a handpicked group of experts take you through the habits and hacks of super-successful people.

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WorkLife With Adam Grant

Organisational psychologist Adam Grant takes you inside the minds of some of the world’s most unusual professionals to discover the keys to a better work life. So many interesting topics: from learning how to love your rivals to harnessing the power of frustration to fighting loneliness and deconstructing workplace politics to science-backed training to increase your memory.

Listen on Apple Podcasts and Spotify

The Career Contessa Podcast

This weekly female-focused podcast digs into topics like how to talk about salary at work, overcoming conflict and dealing with burnout. Expect easy-to-follow interviews and step-by-step career advice in each episode you can implement today.

Listen on Apple Podcasts and Spotify