Podcasts 1: Your Learning Made Easy

Podcasts have been popular for a good number of years now, but I only properly discovered them in early 2015.

I started commuting by car from Exeter to Taunton and looked for a useful way to occupy the drive and someone suggested listening to podcasts.

I loaded up a couple of tech podcasts (Hanselminutes and .NET Rocks) and never looked back!

Learning at your Convenience

Podcasts don't require much beyond a smartphone (tablet or desktop also work) and some time to listen. Because of this, you can consume your favourite tech shows during activities that require little or only some concentration.

I've listened to podcasts while driving in the car, gardening in the back, cooking or walking around Exeter.

Mentors at no Cost

Many podcasts are produced by experts in their field, or interview specialists on narrow subjects.

Because of this, you get access to some of the best knowledge and experience without doing anything more than listening to the right podcasts.

In effect you can have your own mentors, picking and choosing your subjects and teachers, tailoring your experience.

How to Appear an Expert

With the ease to learn and knowledgable speakers, podcasts are good for picking up new disciplines or broadening existing skills.

If you're curious about a particular subject (the latest JavaScript framework, Docker, Azure etc) but don't have time to investigate, load up a few podcasts and learn more around it.

At the moment I'm wading into the world of Data Science, and although many of my skills are transferable, several of the data science podcasts help me understand Machine Learning, Neural Networks, Data Visualisation and many of the themes and topics of Data Science in general.

Finding Your Favourite Podcasts

There are many podcasts on a multitude of subjects, some to educate and some to entertain. 

Some feature heavy advertising, some are technically-focused, some like to chat and others go deep on subjects. Listen around and try different podcasts, delete the ones that don't suit you.

In upcoming blog posts are be covering my favourite podcasts for particular areas.

Author

Duncan Thomson

A Remote Software and Database Contractor specialised in Umbraco, Duncan works from wherever he finds himself. He is the co-organiser of the Python Exeter and Data Science Exeter meetup groups and speaks about Remote Working, Umbraco, Python and .NET Outside of work he is keen on travel, random generation, foreign languages and good food.

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