Marty Nemko

Host, Work with Marty Nemko

Marty Nemko was called "job coach extraordinaire" by U.S. News and "The Bay Area's best career coach" by the San Francisco Bay Guardian. In 2014-15, he has written 20 essays in Time.com's Ideas section, and writes daily for PsychologyToday.com. Previously, his career column appeared for six years in the San Francisco Chronicle and then wrote The Big Idea continuing series on WashingtonPost.com and the Working it Out column on TheAtlantic.com. In his 26th year as a career and education coach, Marty Nemko has served 4,600 clients and enjoys a 96% client-satisfaction rate. He co-teaches a Foundations of Patient Care course at the UCSF School of Medicine.

Marty Nemko holds a Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley and subsequently taught its graduate school. He is the author of seven books including Cool Careers for Dummies, How to Do Life: What they didn't teach you in school and What's the Big Idea? 39 Disruptive Ideas for a Better America.  Those and his 2,800+ (!) articles on career and other issues inform his radio program. Those articles are archived free on www.martynemko.com.

Marty Nemko has been a repeat guest on many major programs including The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, NPR's Talk of the Nation and The Today Show. Toastmasters names one non-member its Northern California Speaker of the Year. Marty Nemko was a winner, in part because of his KALW program.

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On the first Work with Marty Nemko at its new time, Thursdays from 7 to 8 PM, on the Nov. 2 program, Barbara and Marty Nemko explore how career-minded people can take advantage of society's starting to replace the Dinosaur--campus-based-degree programs--with just-in-time learning options: from Steve Wozniak's new portal WozU and LinkedIn's Lynda, to formal and informal apprenticeships, to You U: a more self-powered approach to career and life success.In the program's second segment,  we debate how to handle different sorts of difficult people at work.

On the Oct. 1, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, end-of-workday exhaustion. That's the symptom. There are many causes...and possible solutions for each. I'll tell you what I know.

On the Sep. 17, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with MIT-trained artist Ben Wood about his successes, failures, and lessons learned in the art world.

In the program's second segment, I do Workovers on callers.  Whatever career conundrum is besetting you or someone you care about, I can usually help.

  On the Sep. 3, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, The Labor Day Show. I'll perform an essay I've written for the occasion, Ode to the Worker Bee. And I'll talk with two long-term survivors of working in a large organization, offering tips for those in corporations as well as in large non-profits or government agencies.

Plus, I do Workovers on callers. Whatever career conundrum is besetting you or someone you care about, I can usually help.

On the Aug. 27, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I describe 14 common career myths.

In the program's second segment, I do Workovers on callers. Whatever career conundrum is besetting you or someone you care about, I can usually help.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard every Sunday from 11 AM to noon on KALW 91.7 FM in San Francisco and worldwide on KALW.org.

The programs are archived on NPR.org and on iTunes and in perpetuity on this web page.

On the Aug. 20, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with  the author of First Impressions, Ann Demarais about not-obvious ways to make a good first impression.

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Guest is Barbara Nemko.

On the  July 23, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I describe three stupid workplace practices. At the top of the list is open workspaces.

In the program's second segment, I do Workovers on callers. Whatever your career conundrum, I can usually help.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard every Sunday from 11 AM to noon on KALW 91.7 FM in San Francisco and worldwide on kalw.org.

The programs are archived in NPR.org, iTunes, and in perpetuity on this web page.

On the July 9, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, we ponder the questions, "If we didn't have to work, would we?" To kick that off, I read a short-short story I wrote that posits the world of 2050 in which technological advancement allowed everyone to live a middle-class lifestyle, with working only being voluntary.

Intelligence is often seen as an unmitigated good. But it brings challenges, especially in an intellectually heterogeneous workplace.

On the June 18, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I discuss how to deal with coworkers and supervisees who aren't, well, the sharpest crayon in the box.  I also discuss other ways that intelligent people can make the most of their intelligence, including advice for underperformers.

On the Apr. 23, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Paul Zollo, author of Songwriters on Songwriting.

On the Apr. 16, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, a switch-sides-in-the-middle debate: Is college (or graduate school) still worth it? My  debate partner is the four-national-award-winning Napa County Superintendent of Schools and my wife Dr. Barbara Nemko.

On the Apr. 2, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with the CEO of legendary think-tank Xerox-PARC, Tolga Kurtoglu about the present and future of tech jobs and the implications for the larger society. We'll also discuss implications of use of robots, sensors, artificial intelligence for society, including the many people whose jobs will be displaced.

On the March 26, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I tout good careers in the gig economy, plus good ones for creative people.

On the Mar. 19, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, Barbara and Marty Nemko debate the keys to being a great leader.

On the Mar. 12, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Seth Freeman, who teaches of one of The Great Courses:  The Art of Negotiating the Best Deal. But he's much more subtle than the title implies. He focuses on kind and strong employment negotiation: Ways to win warmly at work and beyond.

On the Mar. 5, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I interview Sue Selke, head of arguably the nation's best-regarded School of Packaging. We talk about the ample good careers in packaging as well as innovations in packaging that result in less damage to the environment and fresher foods.

On the Feb. 12, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I debate the Dean of Golden State University’s School of Business Gordon Swartz and me on the question, “Is Marketing Evil?”  I think marketing is usually evil.

On the Jan. 29, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I describe some cool yet realistic careers. Plus you can call in for a Workover. Whatever career conundrum is besetting you or someone you care about, I can usually help. 

On the Jan. 22, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I describe a good number of underrated and under-the-radar careers.

On the Jan. 15, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko: Gender at work. A conversation between Barbara Annis chair emeritus of the Women’s Leadership Board at Harvard’s Kennedy School in conversation with leading men’s advocate Warren Farrell.

On the Dec. 4, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko: A switch-sides-in-the-middle debate between my wife Barbara Nemko and me on the question, "Should you go back to school?"  We'll no doubt end up exploring for whom it is and isn't a wise choice, as well as how to make the most of a back-to-school stint.

Stoicism is a very different philosophy than most people think. And it has important implications for career and the workplace. On the Nov. 20, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Ryan Holiday, author of the new book, The Daily Stoic: 366 meditations on wisdom, perseverance, and the art of living.

As a teen, Brandon Halliwell got himself too involved in raves and the drug scene. He ended up homeless and one day when really high on mushrooms pictured himself blue, dead. That scared him and he decided to…join the Marines. After he got out….well, he tells the tale on the Oct 23, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko.

On the Oct. 2, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with the publicist for Barbra Streisand, Jay Leno, etc. on what it's really like to be a publiist.

Nicholas Eberstadt, author of the new book, Men without Work. reports that there is a large new, underdiscussed population of unemployed men not counted in the unemployment statistics because they’ve given up looking for work.  We’ll discuss what individuals and society can do. 

  On the Sep. 11, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I list a couple dozen words and phrases that, when used in the workplace, demonstrate good reasoning skills and stimulate that in others. A few examples: thought experiment and probabilistic.

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  On the July 18, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, my wife Barbara Nemko and I debate how to best address your worklife problem.

On the July 3, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I have the privilege of having a conversation with Whitfield Diffie, the most recent winner of the $1,000,000 Turing Prize: the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for computing. Its nickname: "The Nerd Nobel."  He is the architect of modern-day computer security. We'll talk about what it's really like to be a cryptographer, the steps he took toward his breakthrough achievement, and about Whit, the human being. I heard about him because he listens to my show and I'm honored to say that we've become friends.

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