In need of a motivational boost? We’ve rounded up the ten best career podcasts to help inspire your next professional move.

We all have dream jobs and careers, but finding a way to execute these into reality isn’t easy. Make 2023 the year you follow your dreams and set realistic resolutions when it comes to career planning. If you feel like you’re stuck in your job or want to make the jump but don’t know where to start, look to career experts for a little help and extra push.

From the queen of side hustling Nicaila Matthews Okome to founder of the No Bull Business School, Sarah Akwinsombe, these are the career podcasts to listen to.

10 career podcasts worth listening to

The Career Change Podcast 

Whether you’ve recently been made redundant and are at a loose end looking for new jobs or you’re looking to start out on a new career path but don’t know where to start, The Career Change Podcast hosted by Rikke Hansen will help guide you on your journey to making your career dreams a reality. 

Rikke has over fifteen years of experience as a career change advisor and entrepreneur, helping fellow individuals achieve their career and business goals work in the real world. Every month, join Rikke as she shares advice, strategies and resources that work in the real world and its changing landscape. 

The Diary of a CEO

Social Chain CEO and Dragon’s Den star Steven Bartlett shares his insight into the business world and how he went from a broke, university dropout to owning one of the UK’s fastest-growing companies in a matter of years. 

His podcast, The Diary of a CEO, offers you insider access to business and the behind-the-scenes of being an entrepreneur.

Want to know more? Check out our interview with Steven Bartlett. 

Side Hustle Pro 

Hosted by chief side hustler turned full-time entrepreneur Nicaila Matthews Okome, the Side Hustle Pro podcast interviews bold Black women entrepreneurs who have taken the jump to turn their side hustle into a fully fledged profitable business. 

With new episodes weekly, tune into interviews with Nicole Walters of The Monetized Life and Lisa Price of Carol’s Daughter, and bootcamp episodes to help you get your foot in the door.

Goal Digger

Forget gold diggers, we’re all about the Goal Digger, the productivity and career podcast hosted by Jenna Kutcher. With two episodes uploaded weekly, the podcast will help motivate you to design your dream career, from sharing social media strategies to flooding your ear drums with inspirational stories to get your mind ticking. 

How I Built This with Guy Raz 

Join host Guy Raz as he deep dives into the livelihoods of some of the world’s best-known companies, from Patreon to Chipotle, Dropbox to Lush Cosmetics. How I Built This podcast chats with everyone about their journeys, including innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists. 

If you like the career podcast, Guy has also authored a book of the same name, so you can delve a little deeper into the stories shared on the podcast.

Squiggly Careers 

Although being stuck in a job you hate might be demotivating, use it as a way to ignite a flame inside you and take control of your career development. To help you out is Squiggly Careers, the career podcast hosted by Sarah Ellis and Helen Tupper as they delve into everything work-related, from managing stress to overcoming your confidence issues. 

Each episode is packed with inspiration, hints, and tips that you can put into practise straight away, plus they interview a selection of business individuals who are helping to make the working world better.

Side Hustle School 

Side Hustle School is a daily podcast made up of short ten minute or less episodes that are designed for everyone who works a regular job but wants to increase their income-earning by creating a side hustle. 

Written and hosted by Chris Guillebeau, the New York Times bestselling author, each bitesize episode shares a different story of someone who started a side hustle, and the challenges and problems they faced and overcame in the process.

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She’s Got Drive 

She’s Got Drive is hosted by Shirley McAlpine and is a podcast where Black women talk about success and how they achieved it. 

Using her 30 years as a coach and consultant, Shirley provides tools, strategies and confidence training to change your working life. Over the past few years of the podcast, she has interviewed Black women delving into their success stories and how they achieved their goals of becoming a leader.

No Bull Business Women

Get inspired by some of the biggest names in the business world when you tune into Sarah Akwinsombe’s No Bull Business Women podcast. 

Founder of the No Bull Business School, Sarah’s podcast sees her meet up with the best businesswomen in the game, from founders to artists, to C-level executives. Each episode explores how they rose up the ranks and share their own perspective on what it means and takes to be successful in the world of business. Although the episodes are archive material, there are still some very valuable lessons to be learnt here.

Is This Working? 

Hosted by two best friends, Anna Codrea-Rado and Tiffany Philippou, Is This Working? Is a podcast that doesn’t brush around the sides and dares to show the messy parts of work life, from understanding burnout to learning how to not waste your time. 

The hosts chat with some of the biggest and best names in their selected fields, from food writer Alison Roman to best-selling author Laura Jane Williams. Although it seems this podcast wrapped up last May, there remains a plethora of precious advice and lessons to listen to.

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