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Plug In: 12 Podcasts Every Young Professional Should Follow

Justin R. Brown

Podcasts are a great way to get into the minds of brilliant, famous and insightful people…for free.

Choosing the right podcast line-up can turn these audio gems into extremely helpful career tools.

The trick is to expand beyond the podcasts of your favorite comedians and venture into the world of more serious topics.

Whether you listen during your workout, during your commute or while you’re cooking dinner, make sure you add these key types of podcasts into the rotation – they can go a long way to helping your career and personal success.

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The world gets much bigger when you start listening to business podcasts. Suddenly you realize that everything you touch is tied back to business. Business-focused podcasts will introduce you to industries and ideas you never really thought of before, putting you in a better position to be a more creative thinker at your own job.

  • HBR IdeaCast – Hosted by the Harvard Business Review, HBR IdeaCast takes the publication’s leading research into all things business and managerial and puts it into audio form.
  • BBC Business Daily – Despite being based in the UK this podcast looks at the “daily drama of money and work” in countries around the world, giving you a global perspective on business topics.


Going hand-in-hand with business podcasts, economy-focused podcasts can help you manage your own personal economy as well as having a strong grasp of what’s happening in the economic world at large. We certainly don’t live or work in a bubble, so understanding current market trends is important. These can help with investment decisions or give you potential insight into the future of your industry.

On the personal finance side, being a young professional comes with many financial obligations – loans, car payments, 401Ks, health insurance, etc. Understanding how to budget and plan for the future will make for a smoother and more fiscally comfortable transition into middle age.

  • MarketPlace – Longstanding host Kai Ryssdal discusses macro and micro views of the economy around the United States, going into many industries most people have always wondered about.
  • Planet Money –Planet Money is a twice-weekly podcast that looks at today’s global economy with “high rollers, brainy economists and regular folks.”
  • Money Girl – This personal finance podcast helps listeners make sense of their own personal economies – from investing to saving to credit and beyond.

Global News

Understanding what’s happening around the world is a critical part of being a well-informed adult. There’s nothing worse than getting pulled into an office chat about a major event only to realize you have no idea what everyone is talking about. Making a global news podcast a regular part of you week – if not day – will keep you up-to-date with current events from an outside perspective.

  • BBC Global News – For an in-depth understanding of current news around the world there aren’t many better sources than the BBC.
  • PRI’s The World – This hour-long podcast collects “the world’s most interesting stories … that remind us just how small our planet really is.”


As a generation of born multi-taskers enters the workforce, mastering the art of productivity is going to be a major focus area. Social media and competing project needs threaten to divide a young professional’s attention, possibly affecting the quality of work. The key is to learn how to work smarter, not harder, as the old saying goes. Regularly listening to a podcast that shares productivity tips will teach you some new tricks but also keep the need for focused productivity top of mind.

  • Beyond the To-Do List– Forget theory and learn from others’ experiences. Host Erik Fisher talks to real people about how they’ve increased their personal and professional productivity.
  • Get-it-Done Guy’s Quick Tips to Work Less and Do More– Covering a range of productivity-killing obstacles, author and host Stever Robbins shares practical and inventive advice for productivity and organization.

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An innovative spirit can lead to great things – just look at the amazing, industry-disrupting products and services that have hit the market in the past decade. But striking out on your own or trying to make your great idea into a successful reality is daunting and difficult.

Listening to a start-up or entrepreneurial focused podcast can give you the practical tips and inspiration you need to become an entrepreneur yourself. Even if you’re not interested in starting your own business, creative thinking and brave actions have a place in any organization and can make you a stand out employee.

  • Entrepreneur on Fire – This truly daily podcast (that’s right, new episodes seven days a week) features interviews with today’s top entrepreneurs.
  • StartUp – This podcasts follows entrepreneurs as they get brand new startups off the ground. Each season is dedicated to following a different budding company.
  • This Week in Startups – The road of a startup isn’t always smooth and this podcast brings you “the best, worst, most outrageous and interesting stories from the world of entrepreneurship.”
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Justin R. Brown
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Justin is the Marketing Content Manager for insuranceQuotes.com providing insurance and small business professionals with the latest sales and marketing hacks to help them grow their business.