7 Podcasts To Inspire Your Work Hustle

Whether you’re job hunting, just trying to get ahead at your office, or, frankly, totally unsure of what you want to do with your life, the workplace can be a lonely (and overwhelming!) place. But I have some good news: There are some crazy-cool creative women already waiting to give you advice. You just have to know where to look.

We’ve rounded up seven of the best podcasts out there for serious career inspiration, all filled with amazing insight for every step of your professional life. And with many of them clocking in at around 30 minutes, it’s the perfect motivation for your morning commute or lunch break. So grab your earbuds, open up your iTunes, and get listening.
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She Does
Documentarians Elaine Sheldon and Sarah Ginsburg were curious about how other creative women got where they are today — so they created She Does. In it, the two talk to a different guest each episode to learn more about her life, philosophy, and process. The variety of stories prove that there is no one path to success and that no one, no matter how impressive, is beyond self-doubt or fear. The important thing is overcoming it.

Bonus: Every episode features a soundtrack by a different indie female musician, so while getting your daily dose of inspiration you may also find your new favorite jam.

Find it on iTunes or shedoespodcast.com.
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Adulthood Made Easy
Sam Zabell is 22, at her first job out of college at Real Simple, and, as she promises listeners, totally clueless about adulthood. Each week, she talks to a new expert as she explores the ins and outs of becoming a grownup, from navigating the interview process to finding the perfect career and negotiating your salary. Listeners will also get lessons in non-career related adult skills — like cooking and keeping in touch with friends.

Find it on iTunes or Real Simple.
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StartUp Season 2
StartUp originally began as a podcast for producer Alex Blumberg to chronicle the founding of his own startup, Gimlet Media. The formula worked so well that Gimlet decided to make another season — this time, following Emma Tessler and Lauren Kay, two friends and cofounders of a dating service that aims to do things differently. In 10 addictive episodes, listeners get to follow the women as they go through all the highs and lows of starting a business — power struggles, fundraising troubles, and more. The behind-the-scenes glimpse into starting a business is a must-listen for any woman with entrepreneurial ambitions.

Find it on iTunes or Gimlet Media.
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When Megan Tan graduated from college, she realized that she still had no idea what to do with the rest of her life. She just had one goal: to get paid to do something that she loved. And so she created Millennial to document, in real time, her quest for a fulfilling career. Her intimate, sometimes raw look into the confusing post-grad world is both a comforting reminder that we ALL struggle in our 20s as well as a powerful motivator to persevere through your own search.

Find it on iTunes or millennialpodcast.org.
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Magic Lessons
Everyone loves an inspirational quote — but even the most Pinterest-worthy saying can only do so much. Thankfully, Elizabeth Gilbert is here with her new podcast, Magic Lessons. Armed with some cross-stitch worthy words of affirmation, Gilbert doesn’t stop there: She also dispenses compassionate, actionable advice to her guests who are hoping to start something new. In alternative episodes, Gilbert also interviews other successful creatives, like Ann Pratchett and Cheryl Strayed, for their advice. Her candor and warmth makes Magic Lessons nothing short of magical.

Find it on iTunes or elizabethgilbert.com.
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Being Boss
If Magic Lessons gets your creative juices flowing, Being Boss will help you figure out how to get paid for it. Started by friends and creative powerhouses Kathleen Shannon and Emily Thompson, this podcast offers advice to creative entrepreneurs seeking to turn their passions into a paycheck. Aspiring moguls can reap lessons on topics like staying organized, setting up a home office, and figuring out how to take a vacation. It may sound daunting, but as the two hosts promise, it is “so doable — if you do the work.”

Find it on iTunes or lovebeingboss.com.
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The Broad Experience
The workplace has no shortage of daily challenges to navigate. Factor in the different set of (often unspoken) expectations placed on women? It’s enough to make your head spin. Enter Ashley Milne-Tyte, host of The Broad Experience. Unsatisfied with the way women and the workplace were being discussed, Milne-Tyte started her podcast as a forum for frank, difficult discussions on topics like showing emotion at the office and workplace diversity. Her thought-provoking episodes are both explorations of the tricky world of the career woman and a source for no-nonsense advice.

Find it on iTunes or thebroadexperience.org.

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