Using Podcasts as Part of a Career Change
Last Updated on July 28, 2020
Most people grow up with the belief that they have to decide what to do for the rest of their lives just out of high school or in their early 20s. But lifelong careers are a thing of the past; more people each year decide to switch to careers that make them happier. Career change can be a positive and inspiring experience. It is only reasonable—people change and sometimes the job they thought they liked doesn’t work anymore for the type of life they want to have.
However, many people have doubts and fears when making a career change. They are leaving the security of their current job, and starting from zero in a new career, probably losing years of experience they had in the previous position.
For all these reasons and more, people should start listening to career podcasts. Podcasts also help make people feel like they aren’t alone in their choices. Besides, they advise on how to do a career change and how to decide which path to take.
Basically, people will have a career coach easily accessible through their phones.
How Can Podcasts Help With Career Change?
For the un-initiated, a podcast is like the modern version of the radio. It is an audio show, but the difference is that people can listen to it on demand with their phone or any other smart device. Also, they can access all episodes any time they want just by subscribing to the podcast. There are podcasts on almost any topic—career change, finding your passion, and following your dreams are popular ones.
Podcasts can be a great resource for people struggling with their career choice. But these people may also decide to start podcasting themselves. Anyone can start a podcast, even from the comfort of home. There are many companies out there that help people that want to create their own podcasts and resources on what strategies to use to promote podcasts.
The School of Greatness
Lewis Howes started this podcast in 2013 after he had a life-changing event. His dad, who was a staunch supporter of his, had a car accident. His dad survived but became a shadow of his former self. Lewis continued to follow his dream to become a pro-football athlete even without the support of his dad, but it was short-lived because he suffered an injury.
After this, he lived on his sister’s couch for over a year until he decided to start reaching out to successful people to know what inspires them. This journey inspired him to start doing something with his life. That’s how the School of Greatness began, and now Lewis helps thousands of people to find their path, confront their fears, and follow their dreams.
Pivot: The Only Move that Matters is Your Next One
Jenny Blake is the creator of Pivot: The Only Move that Matters is Your Next One. She is a business and career strategist and an expert in career fluidity. The podcast is almost a course on how to make a career change. They talk about confronting your fears and which steps to take to make the change.
The episodes are conversations with other authors and Blake’s friends on how to find the next opportunity. They not only give advice but offer a method that anyone can follow to move to the next best thing. Pivot will help people create a strategy and plan to find the career they want.
Career Cloud Radio
The Career Cloud podcast is not only for people who want to change careers but for anyone who is looking for a job. In the episodes, they invite career coaches, recruiters, and even resume writers to break down all the process of finding a new job. They talk about how to do interviews, boost your resume, use social media for job hunting, and so on. The show is hosted by Justin Dux. Hear from resume writers, career experts, recruiters and HR experts.
The podcast also has episodes about how to break into specific careers like software development and how to change careers. You will learn all the basics you need to find a new job, change careers or start your own business.
Many people making a career change are going into tech. The tech industry has some of the best salaries, benefits and perks, so it is only natural that people want to work there. The CodeNewbie podcast is for everyone who wants to make a career change into tech or for people that haven’t decided, and want to know what it is like to have a tech career.
CodeNewbie has episodes on anything you need to know regarding a tech career. They interview developers, programmers, managers, scrum masters, technical writers, and any other professional you can think of. They discuss topics like how to be a front end developer and how to prepare for a coding bootcamp to break into the industry.
Jonathan Cutrell hosts Developer Tea, discussing how to be a tech professional and how your work can impact society. The episodes are kept short so that people can listen to them during tea time. Developer Tea has more than 13 million downloads so far. The goal is to give the listener a taste of the topic to continue the discussion on Twitter.
IT Career Energizer
Phil Burgess created and is the host of the IT Career Energizer podcast. The podcast started in 2017, intending to help other people to start and develop their careers in the tech industry. Burgess interviews tech professionals from different professions and talks about advice that they believe is relevant to those wanting to break into tech.
The IT Career Energizer has episodes on how to make career decisions, understand the fundamentals, networking, and much more.
The above are only examples. Most podcast players and apps have extensive search features.
Your own custom searches will reveal more podcasts in your field as an excellent resource for catalyzing your career change.
You may be holding back due to fear and insecurities. But listening to other people that already experienced what you are going through will help you take action. Not only they share their experience, but they also advise on how to start the career change and what steps to take to find the right opportunities.
Guest Post by Artur Meyster
Artur is CTO of @Career_Karma and the Founder of the Breaking Into Startups Podcast. It features inspiring stories of people who broke into tech from non-traditional backgrounds. The podcast’s goal is to demystify the various roles available in startups and help people take action toward the different careers in tech.