18 female-led careers podcasts to give you a motivational boost

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Give your working life a boost this September with these incredible careers podcasts from a variety of inspirational women.     

There’s a podcast for everything nowadays. From those true crime and horror podcasts that keep you up at night to the soothing self-care titles you turn to during your downtime, it’s easier than ever to find something that suits your interests.

But have you ever stopped to wonder whether the podcasts you listen to could be helping you in your career? For many of us, podcasts are associated with our leisure time – we turn to them when we want to learn more about something that’s piqued our interest or have a good old laugh – but there’s actually a lot we can gain from using podcasts to supplement and boost our professional lives.

Across the world of podcasting, career experts, businesswomen and influencers are taking to our headphones to share their top motivational tips and personal success stories with the world. And with titles from the likes of Otegha Uwagba and Pandora Sykes, there’s lots to learn.

Here, we’ve brought together 18 of our favourite careers podcasts from some of the most inspirational women we know. Whether you’re looking to start your own business, land that promotion or simply need some motivation, these podcasts will have you covered.

  • Slay: How To Succeed In Your Career

    Slay: How To Succeed In Your Career podcast cover art
    Best careers podcasts: Slay: How To Succeed In Your Career.

    This new podcast from award-winning journalists and co-authors of the bestselling book Slay In Your Lane Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebiené is jam-packed with advice to help you thrive in your career. In each episode, the pair tackle a question from someone struggling with an aspect of their career, such as building their personal brand or getting valued at work. 

    With expert career advice from careers coach Charlene Deleon-Jones and interviews with incredible women including Sharmadean Reid and Eniola Aluko, this isn’t one to miss. 

  • Working from Home with Stylist

    Stylist’s editor-in-chief Lisa Smosarski and editor Alix Walker help navigate listeners who are working from home during lockdown. It’s a strange new world for many of us, so they enlist the advice, opinions and experiences of experts, celebrities and writers for a rounded view.

    Throughout the first series, the Working from Home with Stylist podcast has unpicked issues such as comparison culture, the future of flexible working laws and those “should I change career” thoughts we’re having. Emily Atack has also talked candidly about isolating alone, Joe Wicks shared his fitness motivation tips and Katie Piper recommended her favourite inspirational podcasts. 

    Basically: it’s essential listening during this time. 

  • Black Women Working

    Black Women Working is a careers podcast which aims to centre black women’s stories about work and provide a space for them to speak openly about their experiences. Tackling important topics including why BAME initatives in the workplace can be problematic and how to be “authentically you,” this is a must-listen.

  • No Bull Business Women

    No Bull Business Women is the home of fantastic interviews with businesswomen about what they think it takes to be successful. Hosted by No Bull Business School founder Sarah Akwisombe, each episode tells the story of a new businesswoman, from the co-founder of sustainable clothing business Lucy and Yak to famous YouTuber Patricia Bright.

  • No Starving Artist

    Hosted by marketer, artist advocate and entrepreneur Anisa Benitez, No Starving Artist is a podcast which covers “health, wealth, mindfulness and marketing wisdom”. Each week Benitez answers questions from her listeners, meaning each episode is unique: topics range from financial and mental wellness to building your brand and learning how to say “no”.

  • Work Like A Woman by Mary Portas

    Named after her book of the same name, Work Like a Woman by Mary Portas explores how we can put kindness and compassion at the heart of business. Joined by guests including Bryony Gordon and Greggs CEO Roger Whiteside, Portas explains how we all have the power to change the world of work - a weekly dose of inspiration for any working woman. 

  • In Good Company with Otegha Uwagba

    Featuring practical advice, lots of ideas, and interviews with inspiring, successful women, In Good Company with Otegha Uwagba is a monthly podcast with a lot to give. As founder of Women Who and author of Little Black Book: A Toolkit for Working Women, Uwagba is a true expert in helping women get to where they want to be. 

  • Girlboss Radio with Sophia Amoruso

    If you’re looking for some serious motivation, look no further than Girlboss Radio. The premise is simple: each week, Girlboss CEO Sophia Amoruso sits down for a conversation with an inspirational woman, who shares their tips for building a successful career or building your own business. With interviews featuring trailblazers such as Jameela Jamil and Emily Weiss (founder and CEO of Glossier) AND a catalogue of episodes going all the way back to 2015, this one’s sure to be a winner. 

  • Power Hour

    Adrienne Herbert’s Power Hour is a motivational powerhouse aimed to help you make the most of your time and find success. Via interviews with experts, change makers and innovators, Herbert guides you to explore new ways of living in order to unlock your full potential, whatever you want to achieve.

  • Goal Digger

    Social media influencer Jenna Kutcher shares her stories, tips and tricks on how to transform your passion into a profitable business on this podcast all about productivity and career development. Whether you’re running your own business already or looking to go self-employed, the Goal Digger podcast covers everything from SEO to social media marketing, with some interviews scattered in between. 

  • In Focus by Marriott with Pandora Sykes

    Marriott Hotels has teamed up with journalist and esteemed podcast queen herself, Pandora Sykes, for a three part series aimed at the ambitious. From working out how self care can contribute to your success to the key to being a good leader in 2019, this short but sweet series is a one stop shop in professional empowerment.

    We love the episode called Turn your Ambition into Reality, which brings together Emma Gannon, the best-selling author of The Multi-Hyphen Method and Ctrl Alt Delete podcast host; Cassandra Stavrou, co-founder of the innovative health snack, Propercorn and Liz Ward, founder of Slick Pivot, a revolutionary coaching company for start-ups, to speak about the utilised their ambition to get them where they are today. 

  • Conversations of Inspiration

    Founder of Notonthehighstreet and Holly & Co Holly Tucker sits down with a different business founder every week to talk about the trials and tribulations of starting your own business. If you’re looking for a bit of advice and inspiration or just want to learn more about the behind the scenes of your favourite brands, Conversations of Inspiration is a great podcast for learning more about other people’s approaches to work. 

  • Adulting

    Less of a careers podcast and more of a what-am-I-doing-in-life manual, Adulting will provide you with the guidance you need to get your sh*t together. Expand your mind and open yourself up to new possibilities with this educational and eye-opening podcast. 

  • The Femails

    Covering all things women and all things career, The Femails podcast is a crash course in being a working woman in the 21st century. Want to know what it takes to build a successful and fulfilling career on your terms? Then look no further. Covering everything from personality types to the ambition trap, host Career Contessa covers a variety of topics which will help you to develop your career. 

  • Squiggly Careers

    Amazing If founders Sarah Ellis and Helen Tupper tackle the daunting question: “Want to have a happy career and love your job but not sure where to start?” in this fantastic podcast. Featuring practical tips and tricks on how to improve your work life alongside interviews with inspirational guests, this podcast will help you to take control of where your career is headed. 

  • Wanna Be

    Described as “the podcast that takes you from where you are to where you wanna be in 30 minutes or less,” Wanna Be is sure to give you that push you need to achieve your goals. Each 30 minute episode sees host Imrie Morgan joined by a guest to discuss an issue that is limiting their personal or professional development - tune in to think about your problems in a new and thought-provoking way. 

  • Second Life

    Second Life is a podcast which looks at career changes - at any age. Featuring interviews with guests such as actress Shay Mitchell and Instagram’s Director of Fashion Partnerships Eva Chen, this podcast is for those looking for that sign to make a change. 

  • Is This Working?

    Hosted by journalist Anna Codrea-Rado and writer Tiffany Philippou, Is This Working? challenges conventional views about work and explores how we can make it better.

    Previous episodes have explored how your personality type can impact your work, why many of us are still so awkward when it comes to money and the loneliness some people feel while working from home. Recent guests include author Laura Jane Williams and My Frugal Year founder Clare Seal. This isn’t about the future of work — this is about what’s happening in work right now.

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