Off the back of Christmas, New Year’s and the summer holidays, January has always been a tough month for back-to-work enthusiasm.
After a few weeks (hopefully) spent away from work emails, deadlines and meetings, an immediate return to the daily 9 to 5 grind can be a shock to the system, potentially even leaving you wondering if it’s time for a change.
So, if you’re in need of a motivating boost, we’ve rounded up the top seven career-related podcasts to give you the pep talk you need.
From inspiring stories on how some of the world’s top experts got to where they are, to a series that explores exactly what happens when you actually ‘quit your day job’, add these series to your listening queue now.
1. SEEK ALTERNATE ROUTE
Whether you’re at a career crossroads or assessing your next steps, SEEK ALTERNATE ROUTE handholds you through what can be a scary and challenging process. Hosted by ex-Triple J presenter, Kyran Wheatley, the series weaves in the comedian’s own tumultuous career journey that saw him axed from what he thought was his dream job. While it ultimately set him on a different and equally fulfilling career path, the process wasn’t without its challenges. Covering topics like identity, money, and regaining confidence after job loss, Wheatley also includes interviews with career and mental health experts, and those closest to him like his mum and partner.
However, if you’re on the job hunt SEEK also offers another five-episode podcast called Seek your Mind. The series takes an up close look at how to protect your mental health while searching for work during a pandemic and is hosted by psychologist Sabina Read.
Start with this episode: Ep 1, Hi I’m Kyran … and get a raw, vulnerable and unflinching honest insight into Wheatley’s career journey.
SEEK Alternate Route is hosted by ex-radio host Kyran Wheatley.Source:Supplied
2. SO, I QUIT MY DAY JOB
No matter how dedicated you are to your job, we’re willing to bet you’ve entertained the fantasy of quitting on a Tuesday afternoon to pursue something completely different. In this podcast, Aussie author and former celebrity publicist, Cathrine Mahoney, talks about her experience and interviews people who have done just that. From a journalist-turned-pecan-farmer, to a flight attendant who switched a plane for a funeral home, these stories just might inspire your next career step, pivot or leap into the unknown.
This podcast covers career transitions of all kinds, with the occasional high-profile guest thrown in for good measure.Source:Supplied
One of Sydney’s top career coaches, Jane Jackson, has bundled all her words of wisdom into a regular podcast series that covers all things work – from career profiles, self development and hiring advice. Wherever you are in your career journey – be it comfortable but looking for inspiration or applying for jobs – Ms Jackson’s warm and comforting voice will reassure, motivate and encourage. Just some of the topics she covers include an episode on ‘how to beat impostor syndrome,’ ‘how to build your personal brand,’ and ‘securing a job if you’re over 50’.
Start with this episode: How to set up for career success in 2021, to start the year on the right foot.
Your Career Podcast with Jane Jackson.Source:Supplied
4. YOU’VE GOTTA START SOMEWHERE
Regular viewers of The Project might recognise the voice of Rachel Corbett who also hosts her very own podcast, You’ve Gotta Start Somewhere. In it she interviews Australia’s biggest media personalities and asks them how they got to where they are today. Long story short: their stories often have a lot more to do with years, if not decades, of hard work before they became household names and not the glitz and the glamour their public profile might suggest.
Start with this episode: Christ Bath for the new presenter’s warmth, humour and unexpected love of bird watching.
The episodes come in hefty 40+ minute chunks and the chats are warm, funny and intimate.Source:Supplied
5. THE TIM FERRIS SHOW
One of the most popular podcasts in the world, The Tim Ferris Show offers a treasure trove of advice. Follow Ferris as he interviews world-class performers to find out the steps, techniques and strategies they’ve taken to get there. You have your pick of 490 episodes (and counting) and the guests include experts from every field imaginable – from acting to psychology, leadership and investment.
Although the episodes are long – they’re one-and-a-half hours on average – they’re the perfect hit of inspiration and offer great insight into industries you might never have considered before.
Start with this episode: Jerry Seinfeld – A comedy Legend’s Systems, Routines, and Methods for Success because the legendary comic is definite proof that practice (along with routine, grit and determination) really does make perfect.
The podcast series focuses on in-depth podcasts with people in a range of fields from Seth Godin to Matthew McConaughey, Esther Perel and many, many more.Source:Supplied
6. WORKLIFE WITH ADAM GRANT
From fighting loneliness and deconstructing workplace politics to science-backed training to increase your memory, organisational psychologist Adam Grant unpacks how we can better enjoy the way we work. The podcast includes personal interviews, analysis from experts and insightful commentary from Grant himself. Plus his engaging hosting skills will have you hooked from the first episode.
Start with this episode: Burnout is Everyone’s Problem, because as the episode title suggests, burnout is a common but avoidable problem that should be normalised and spoken about in the workplace.
The renowned psychologist and best-selling author deconstructs the way we work and how shares how we can do it better.Source:Supplied
7. GOOD LIFE PROJECT
If you’re lacking motivation or feel like your professional and personal life is in need of realignment, the Good Life Project could give you a much-needed reset. The podcast aims to explore all the elements that go into creating a ‘good life,’ whether that’s creating purpose through work, emphasising community or practising reflection. It does this through extensive interviews with a diverse group of thought leaders and experts (think: Elizabeth Gilbert, Brene Brown, Seth Godin and Angela Duckworth – the best-selling author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance,) that go beyond their resume and daily grind.
Start with this episode: Alex Jamieson & Bob Gower | How to Have Hard Conversations for skills that will help you beyond the office.
From chats on philosophy, relationships, creative pursuits and passions, this podcasts takes a holistic view on career and work.Source:Supplied