10 of the best podcasts to inspire you today

Meg Timbrell
Content & Social Media Manager
4 min read

Podcasts are brilliant. Not only are they completely free, they are chock-full of amazing content to entertain, inspire, or educate.

Keep reading to find out the best podcasts to keep you inspired while navigating your career discovery journey, or just to learn about something new.

All podcasts listed below are available on main podcast streaming platforms: Apple, Google and Spotify.

Power Hour

"A weekly podcast that will motivate you to pursue your passion and to achieve success."

Power Hour is hosted by Adrienne Herbert, a leading wellness professional, and TEDx speaker. She's also written the book, Power Hour: How to Focus on Your Goals and Create a Life You Love.

She's spoken to a range of inspiring individuals on the podcast, including Grace Beverley, Dame Kelly Holmes, and Trevor Nelson.

How To Fail With Elizabeth Day

"How To Fail With Elizabeth Day is a podcast that celebrates the things that haven't gone right."

Elizabeth Day is an English novelist, journalist, and broadcaster. She's written six books, and currently writes for You Magazine.

A huge number of star-studded guests feature on this podcast, including Jameela Jamil, Dr Alex George, and Gloria Steinem to name just a few.

We love this podcast for its positive focus on rejection, mistakes and just plain bad luck, showing that even the most successful people are only human.

Squiggly Careers

"Each episode is full of ideas, actions, hints and tips that you can put into practise straight away."

Hosted by the founders of Amazing If, Sarah Ellis and Helen Tupper, this podcast covers everything from 'Finding your purpose at work' and 'How to respond to mistakes', to 'How to make successful career transitions' and 'How to find meaning at work'.

Sarah and Helen's aim with Squiggly Careers is to help people take ownership of their career and manage stress, providing advice and wisdom to their listeners.

What Adults Don't Tell You Before You Adult

"Listen in to Anya & Tom discussing everything you need to know about adulting!"

What Adults Don't Tell You Before You Adult explores all the issues young adults face during that tricky transitional period between adolescence and independence.

Hosted by Tom and Anya, who have been through it all, they are ready to help guide you through the stresses of adulthood. It's a very chatty, informal-style podcast, with topics ranging from 'Catching the "Ick"' and 'How to Get Motivated' to 'The Joys of Job Hunting'.

The Career Change Maker

"Along with sharing her best tips, Janine interviews amazing everyday change makers who are loving their work and life since making a career move."

If you're ready for a big career change but need an extra helping hand, Janine Esbrand's podcast could be the one for you.

Her episodes cover topics like 'Making A Big Career Transition', 'Why You Feel Stuck In Your Current Role And What To Do About It', and 'Find The Courage To Change Career Direction'.

If you'd rather read about career change, click here to read our article: 'Why you'll most likely have more than one career during your lifetime'.

Not For Everyone

"Join Febe as she interviews incredible people who don't have a degree, yet continue to succeed in their chosen field with the aim of showing you can do the same."

Each episode features a new guest who is succeeding in a particular career field who didn't go to university, with the take-home message that going down the traditional university route and getting a degree isn't essential to success. Each guest shares their experiences and routes to success, as well as their advice to others.

This podcast isn't yet on Google podcasts, but is on Spotify and Apple podcasts!

Talk Twenties

"From starting your own business to buying a house, making new friends or even changing jobs, this podcast will guide you through adulthood, with a lot of truths and laughter."

Aimed at those in their twenties, each episode features a new guest and covers a different topic, ranging from 'Multi-Hyphen Careers' and 'Entrepreneurship', to 'Everyday Mental Health' and 'Breaking Free from the 9-5'.

The Career Interview

"The podcast turning the table on the traditional interview process."

Wanting to listen to first-hand experiences of people working in interesting jobs? This might be the podcast for you.

Despite only launching recently in Jan 2021, there are weekly episodes, with each episode focusing on a different job role, including 'CGI Animator', 'B2B Marketing Manager', 'Data Analyst' and many more.

Ted Talks Daily

"Join host and journalist Elise Hu for thought-provoking ideas on every subject imaginable - from Artificial Intelligence to Zoology, and everything in between - given by the world's leading thinkers and creators."

With new episodes being released every weekday, there's definitely a Ted Talk for everyone. Ted Talks Daily cover a range of topics, including 'The cure for burnout', 'Navigating career turbulence', and 'The innovations we need to avoid a climate disaster'.

Happy Place

"Fearne Cotton talks to incredible people about life, loss, and everything in-between as she reveals what happiness means to them."

Finishing our 10 best podcasts list with a firm favourite of many avid podcast listeners, we have Happy Place. Hosted by the wonderful Fearne Cotton, Happy Place features a new guest each week, including the likes of Stephen Fry, Russell Brand, and Elizabeth Gilbert. This podcast aims to comfort, motivate, and inspire, frequently focusing on issues relating to mental health.

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