University students, including those from our own St Andrews, may often feel uncertain, anxious, and confused when thinking about life after graduation. The world seems awfully big compared to our small town. For this reason University of Bristol graduate, Emily Cohen, is beginning to record Working it Out, a podcast about the early years of working, and the transition from education to employment.
Emily herself is twenty four and finished full time education in 2018. She has been working for the past two years, currently as a Casting Researcher in Television Production. Emily has created Working it Out to help address many of the questions and concerns that she herself had, and that many of us have now, as young people and future graduates entering the workforce. Emily gave more details about her new podcast in an interview.
What were your own experiences entering the working world?
“I was so excited to start working because it gave me the opportunity to do something that I was truly interested in and passionate about. I soon realised that aside from the work itself, there were lots of aspects to being part of a workplace that were so alien to me. For example, gauging the different dynamics between colleagues or judging whether it’s appropriate to speak up about certain subjects. This meant that although I was enjoying doing the work, the other accompanying elements often seemed to take over and sometimes overshadowed the progress I was making.”
What made you want to start a podcast?
“When I was facing these tricky situations, I realised that before starting work I hadn’t expected any of these things to occur and I hadn’t been prepared for how to tackle them. After chatting to friends who were also just starting their careers, I discovered that I was not the only person facing these challenges during the transition from education to employment.
This is why I wanted to start the podcast, to share stories and experiences with people in a similar stage of life and to give advice to students who are about to start their careers.”
What will Working it Out be about?
“Each week I’ll be joined by a guest from a different industry and they will discuss the topic that they found most challenging at the start of their working life. We’ll both talk about this particular topic and share our own personal anecdotes. We’ll aim to give some advice at the end of the episode to those who are facing similar issues.”
Who did you create Working it Out for?
“I have created the podcast with two types of listeners in mind. The first type is those who are in the early years of their career and who might have experienced or are experiencing the same dilemmas as myself and my guests. The second type is those who are just about to complete education and are about to embark on their first job. It will make them feel more prepared and empowered for when they do begin in the working world.”
Working it Out comes out with a trailer today, June 23nd, 2020. It is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and most other platforms where podcasts are found. Give it a listen if you are a student, recent graduate, or beginning your career to listen to advice, and stories of young people working in different fields.