So... The last few posts I did were about resources and where you can find them. Something I recently noticed at work is that some of my co-workers have never listened to Podcasts related to our career field or the technologies they use. Is there anything wrong with that... Well no, of course not you can do whatever you want with your free time, some people prefer music; I rather listen to podcasts on hackers or technologies.
The point is there's a benefit to listening to podcasts, definitely not necessary to listen as often as me, but just occasionally will suffice.
I definitely think there are a few bullet points.
It keeps your mind in a particular headspace:
This can be a double edge sword for some, maybe you want to get your mind off work-related things then I suggest finding podcasts that are more entertaining anyway. (Personally, I listen to the hacker ones for pleasure, I am not a security researcher or anything, I just love the stories.)
Keeps you up to date with trends and technologies in the industry:
If you are working in the industry and want to stay on the pulse of what is going on with conferences, changes in trends, maybe new tech stacks (what's going on with WASM, React, Vue, etc...?)
Interested in something new (I am checking out Golang):
They can be informative for learning, eureka moments can happen:
It doesn't happen nearly as often as it does with tutorials because that is what they are designed for, however, while listening to podcasts occasionally their discussions will be technical and can trigger similar eureka moments.
They are free, handsfree, simple to use resources:
There isn't much else to that bullet, truly it's just an easy resource to consume.