• Rebecca Laidlaw

Emily Cohen - Podcaster

When I graduated from university two years ago, 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 have wanted to work in the television industry ever since I was first asked that age-old question of “what do you want to be when you’re older?”. I have always been excited at the thought of following the process from the initial idea to seeing it come to life on screen.

During university and straight after, I completed various stints of work experience with different TV production companies until I eventually landed my first job about six months after graduating. I loved what I was doing and gained invaluable experience and exposure very quickly. I was extremely lucky to have begun my journey in such a competitive industry.

However, I soon realised that aside from the work itself, there were lots of aspects of the workplace that were so alien to me. For example, gauging the different dynamics between colleagues and 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.

When I was facing these tricky situations, I realised that before starting work I hadn’t expected any of them 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.

Having now been in employment for two years, more and more of these situations have arisen and no two dilemmas ever seem to be the same.

This is why I decided to start a podcast. I wanted to create a platform, which enabled people who are at the start of their careers to share their workplace stories. Working It Out is the podcast that explores the challenges that people face during the early years of working life.

Each week I am joined by a guest from a different industry and they discuss the topic that they found most challenging when they started work. We both talk about this particular topic and share our own personal anecdotes. We aim to give some advice at the end of the episode to those who are facing similar issues.

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.

I have now released six full episodes of Series 1 of the podcast and have lots more lined up! A new episode comes out every Tuesday and can be found on all available podcast platforms (e.g. Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcast, etc) or you can listen directly here: https://workingitout.buzzsprout.com/. I really do hope that by sharing our stories, we can help people to navigate their way through the weird and wonderful world of work. If you do find any of the episodes helpful then please subscribe, leave a review and follow us on Instagram @workingitoutpodcast.

Careers speed date:

  1. Your first job: I worked in a children’s bookshop on the weekends when I was 16.

  2. What you are reading right now: How To Own The World by Andrew Craig- I’m trying to get my head around finance and investment. I find it all very confusing but the book is helping to demystify things.

  3. If you could give your younger self advice what would it be: Just go for it! If you really want to do something then just attempt to find a way to make it happen. Put yourself out there and be vulnerable because if you don't try, you'll never know!

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