Podcasts can be useful on a professional level, providing information and inspiration. These podcasts are great for Canadian accountants and accounting students who want to advance their accounting knowledge and build their careers.
The Bean Counter
Designed for accounting students or people thinking about jumping into the world of accounting, The Bean Counter is based in Florida, but the advice from this podcast and its blog is also relevant for aspiring accountants in Canada. Past episodes cover topics such as balancing life with getting your accounting credentials, tips for negotiating your salary when you start your job search, how to network with other accounting professionals, and alternative job ideas for accounting students. As of 2017, the Bean Counter has over 70 free podcast episodes on iTunes.
Leadership and Performance Management Podcast
Made by Chartered Professional Accountants Canada, this six-part podcast provides counts for continuing professional development hours if you’re already an accountant. Available for $99 as of 2017, the podcast covers leadership skills and product management tips. You’ll learn about strategic planning, outsourcing, and managing your organization with performance in mind.
International Accounting Standards Board Podcasts
Stay up-to-date on changes and updates in International Financial Reporting Standards. The International Accounting Standards Board posts a podcast after each of its monthly meetings. You don’t have make a large time commitment; most podcasts are only 10 to 15 minutes long. You can access podcasts from 2015 to the present on the IFRS website.
Canada Revenue Agency Podcasts
Even the Canada Revenue Agency has jumped on the podcast wagon. The CRA’s free podcasts are useful for professional accountants, bookkeepers, and taxpayers in general. As of 2017, there’s a payroll podcast as well as a series on taxable benefits. If you’d rather read than listen, you can download the transcripts instead.
The School of Greatness
Crunching numbers is just a part of what you do as an accountant. Like many accountants, you might also run your own business. For inspiration, check out the School of Greatness podcast. Considered to be one of the best podcasts for entrepreneurs, this podcast focuses on everything from marketing to building your brand. There are also lots of inspirational podcast episodes on reaching your full potential, mastering confidence, setting goals, and becoming a leader.
Profit’s Business Cast
Geared exclusively toward a Canadian audience, this podcast focuses on building your business, networking, marketing, and a wide range of other entrepreneurial topics. Produced by the Canadian magazine Profit, the podcast has a radio-show feel, with a team of hosts, interviewees, and some call-ins.
The Sound of Small Business
The Royal Bank of Canada’s Sound of Small Business Podcast focuses on successful entrepreneurs. Although it uses an interview format, the show feels like storytelling. It offers a blend of inspiration, lessons, and tips.
If you need something to get you through your commute, blend your morning jog with information, or you just love to learn, these podcasts should be right up your alley. Depending where you are in your career, you could listen to a blend of podcasts that focus specifically on accounting and others centered on business in general.