I’ve only recently started listening to podcasts while commuting, and I am already addicted. My commute and thus my overall quality of life have significantly improved because now, spending time on the way to work, to the store, or simply running errands is time spent learning, laughing, and getting inspired.
As a career coach, I regularly encourage students to listen to relevant podcasts that can help them learn from and connect with industry leaders. Personally, I probably listen to too many but below are the few I recommend to the business students I work with (though anyone would benefit from listening to them).
- Moving Forward: I can’t help but start with the podcast with a strong Carey connection. Moving Forward was founded by John Lim, an entrepreneur and a Carey Alumnus. In each episode, John interviews an extraordinary individual and asks them to share ups and downs from their careers and personal lives and reflect on the lessons they learned. My favorite aspect of the podcast is the knowledge burst section where John inquires that guests share tips, insights, and recommendations on a variety of helpful practices and tools. The Moving Forward podcast is a valuable resource that introduces listeners to successful individuals and gives them an opportunity to connect.
- Marketplace with Kai Ryssdal: As it so happens, I learned about this particular podcast from a Carey student I worked with a couple of years ago. I love it when students seek supplemental knowledge to what they learn in their courses! Not a business student myself, but working at a business school, I like to stay informed on what’s happening in the business world. What I like about this particular podcast, other than its length (30 minutes!), is that it presents leading business news in the context of real life. A perfect resource for students at the Carey Business School where business is taught with humanity in mind.
- How I Built This: Recently, Carey the Torch featured insights from Carey alumna Faizun Kamal who talked about starting your own business, franchising, and lessons learned. If Carey students are curious to learn more about entrepreneurship and specifically how some of the big names got to be big, How I Built This is the podcast for you. For example, did you know that Edible Arrangements has its origins in a local flower shop or that Starbucks used to sell coffee beans only and not coffee? This podcast can also help you learn much about the value of persistence, resilience, and determination—qualities that any professional should aspire to possess. My favorite aspect of this podcast is the How You Built That feature, which introduces listeners to regular people, like you and me, and their efforts of turning their brilliant ideas into reality.
- Planet Money: This podcast is a must listen for our Master of Science in Finance students but all b-school students will benefit. Each episode is a great way to gain knowledge on a complicated issue related to current finance news. For example, some recent episodes focused on the intricacies of flood insurance and the benefits of bankruptcy. Planet Money was also recently looking for summer interns so if you become a listener, who knows, you might be interested in joining them in New York as an intern one day.
- The Moth Radio Hour: As a career coach, I know that a solid technical skill set and a strong academic background can only take a person so far. Successful job seekers are great storytellers and this is why I’m adding the Moth to my list of recommended podcasts. The stories make you laugh and cry and they inspire you to be a better person. For those who want to take their storytelling interest a step further, the Moth hosts a live show in DC each month, and you can enter your name in the hat if you’d like to get on stage and tell your story. If you do, please be sure to share your experience on Carey the Torch!
Employers are not looking for business students; they are looking for young business professionals with a clear focus and genuine interest in the global economy, a specific industry, and the interaction between the two. If you want to succeed in your internship and job search, you need to show target employers that you are the professional they seek. Podcasts are a great way to achieve that.