Top 10 Podcasts to Improve Your Career This Year

If you haven’t begun listening to podcasts, this is definitely the year to start.

There is no better way to hear stories, gain knowledge and build understanding than to have someone speaking directly into your ear, as you exercise, make dinner, clean the house or commute.

I’ve got my top ten career-boosting podcasts to share with you below, but first, why should you listen to podcasts in the first place?

Before we dive into the list, let’s briefly cover a few reasons why podcasts are worth your time.

  • Podcasts are a free or cheap professional development tool.
  • Podcasts can be accessed on demand. You listen when you can, on your own time and schedule.
  • Errands and chores will be way more fun and interesting while you are listening to engaging content.

Top Ten Podcasts to Help Boost Your Career

Podcasts for Personal Development, Interest and General Knowledge

There is no doubt that knowledge can make you more interesting in an interview (or simply at a dinner party). These final three podcasts are some I find personally interesting and mind-expanding.

1. Career Tools

The most obvious choice to improve your career would be a podcast called, “Career Tools”. Topics include travelling for business, managing your calendar, tracking results and creating and maintaining effective business relationships.

2. Freakonomics

A podcast that dives deep into the economics of just about everything. Listen regularly to learn more about the how and why things work the way they do in our complex world.

3. How Did You Get Into That?

Curious about careers? This podcast with over 100 episodes and counting, is a great resource.

4. How I Built This

Entrepreneurs talk about their start up stories, including catalysts, challenges and champions along the way. This is a fairly new podcast from NPR.

5. Revisionist History

A fascinating dive into historical events that you might never have heard about, but that will make you infinitely more curious about our world.

6. Manager Tools

While you might not be a manager, the topics in this podcast will likely still be of interest to you if you are looking to further your career.

7. Productivityist

This is an interview format podcast with experts in productivity, time management and neuroscience.

8. HBR IdeaCast

Access Harvard Business Review insights at no cost through this podcast.

9. NPR’s Planet Money

Stories about economics and finance told by the best storytellers in the business are available in this podcast.

10.  The People and Projects Podcast

Another interview format podcast that covers a wide range of topics, mostly at least tangentially related to project management, but almost always interesting.

Happy listening!