You’ve just graduated from college and are about to start your first full-time job. It’s not uncommon for you to be nervous, have second thoughts, or feel uncertain if this is the best job to jumpstart your career. One additional train of thought is, “how can I improve myself from day one?”
Unfortunately, no one is truly good at their job on the first day. Learning how to become a professional in your career takes time more than anything else. However, there are resources available to newcomers in the workforce.
Podcasts offer advice for recent college graduates on how to navigate the workplace and life after school. The best part? These podcasts are free to download and available on streaming platforms like Apple Music, Spotify, and Google Play.
With that said, check out these recommended podcasts that offer insight to college graduates, ranging from career advancement to personal finance and even workplace etiquette.
Current Event Podcasts
You’re probably wondering, “What does a breaking news outlet have to do with advice for recent college graduates?” Well, as a professional in the workplace it’s always great to know current events that are ongoing not just in the U.S. but globally as well.
NPR offers a daily news segment that breaks down global current events in five minutes or less. Whether it’s on the train, the walk to work, or at your desk, NPR is a must-subscribe to understand current events.
An entertaining and three minute or less episode offering insight into the top businesses and finance stories? Sign me up. Snacks Minute provides digestible and easy to comprehend content for everyone (even if you’re not a finance guru).
*Side-note, if you’re hooked to day-trading on Robinhood then this podcast is for you as the hosts (Jack Kramer and Nick Martell) are Robinhood officials.
How To Be Awesome at Your Job
This entertaining podcast by Pete Mockaitis offers insight into how to gain more productive work experience. Each episode, Peter interviews different critical thinking leaders that specialize in one thing; producing results.
In return, these entrepreneurs offer their advice for young professionals to sharpen their universal skills and skills that every professional needs to excel in the workplace.
Career Talk: Learn-Grow- Thrive
Hosted by Stephanie Daniels, the goal of this podcast is to empower listeners to take control of their careers by offering holistic advice.
This podcast has been featured in The New York Times for resume writing tips, suggestions on how to nail an interview, and lastly, receiving the promotion you always wanted.
How I Built This with Guy Raz
Unlike the previous NPR show, this podcast focuses on entrepreneurship, which is our bread and butter here at TSB. The host, Guy Raz explains in-depth the creation behind some of the world’s best companies.
If you consider yourself an innovator or looking to start your own business, then this podcast is for you.
Personal Tips & Tricks
If your background does not involve economics, consider downloading Planet Money by NPR. The podcast focuses on explaining the intricate features of the economy in easy to understand wording.
Imagine you could call up a friend and say, “Meet me at the bar and tell me what’s going on with the economy.” This kind of low-key mentality is what makes Planet Money so great.
Hosted by Shannon Compton. To say that Compton takes an “old school” approach to money is understating. What’s interesting about this podcast is that Compton interviews successful entrepreneurs who discuss much more than their wealth.
The truth is, there is more to life than money, and that’s coming from entrepreneurs who have made fortunes. Also, Shannon discusses how to save money through a 401K, the importance of bringing your lunch to work, and how you can travel the globe on a budget.
The Marketing Companion
If you’re like me then you’ll love this witty and entertaining marketing podcast. Between hosts Mark Schaefer and Tom Webster there are 50 years of marketing experience. That being said, their creative commentary offers a unique insight into the digital business world regardless of your profession.
Unlike the previously mentioned marketing podcast, David Bain and Judith Lewis instead focus exclusively on digital marketing. The digital marketing landscape is ever-changing. As a result, different industry leaders are brought onto the show each week to discuss SEO, pay-per-click and social media.
Growth Marketing Toolbox
Each week host Nicholas Scalice interviews marketers, startup founders, and content creators. Why? So that these marketing professionals will spill their secrets and allow you to incorporate their findings.
Kinsey Grant of the Morning Brew produces business Casual. If you don’t already subscribe to Morning Brew’s daily newsletter, you should. What makes Business Casual so successful is the “laid back” approach that Kinsey takes to interviewing famous venture capitalists.
The goal of this article was to not enforce those reading it to subscribe to these podcasts but instead to educate and offer recommendations for navigating the workplace. The idea of working full-time after college can seem like a daunting task, however, there are resources available to make the transition easier.
Are you unsure of how to approach your coworkers? Then listen to Stephanie Daniel’s podcast, “Career Talk: Learn- Grow- Thrive” and understand that your coworkers want to get to know you.
What if you fast-forward a year and realize you’ve been outperforming in your current role and are ready to take on more responsibility? How can you express your desires to management? Subscribe to, “How To Be Awesome at Your Job” and hear what Peter Mockaitis has to offer.
The most important thing you can take away from this article is that there are resources available to recent college graduates that offer advice for the real world.
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