Career podcasts you should know

For busy career professionals, balancing work, family and other commitments is a constant juggling act. If you’ve been able to master this mix of competing priorities, good for you! You clearly know what it takes to keep all the plates spinning while maintaining a harmonious homelife and a successful career. But with your busy schedule how do you continually advance your career and leadership skills without adding one more thing to your to-do list?

That’s where podcasts come in. Like a customizable playlist for professional growth, podcasts offer a convenient way to gain knowledge, build skills and stay relevant in our fast-paced global society. Listen during your commute, during a run, or anytime you have the time. Podcasts can help you sharpen a general skill set, such as leadership capabilities (check out Coaching for Leaders) or they can help you advance career-specific knowledge, such as social media marketing (see the Social Media Marketing podcast). And the best part is, it won’t take extra time out of your day.

Here are a few career-focused podcasts to get you started. Give them a listen and let us know what you think.

HBR IdeaCast: An all-time favorite, this podcast created by the Harvard Business Review features insightful content with interviews from a wide range of recognized leaders.

LeadX: Hosted by New York Times bestselling author Kevin Kruse, this podcast features interviews by well-known business leaders discussing timely topics for today’s leaders.

Beyond the Business Suit: This podcast, designed to share the “secret weapons of successful women”, is hosted by Kailei Carr and features content targeted at driven women.

Minority Trailblazer Podcast: Hosted by Greg E. Hill, this podcast features entrepreneurs and others who are pioneers in their chosen fields–many of whom are under 40.

Behind the Brilliance: Host Lisa Nicole Bell interviews scientists, CEOs, innovators and more, highlighting the paths that led to their successes and what may be applicable for listeners.

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