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.

On the Jan. 18, 2018 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Mark Williams, AKA "Mr. LinkedIn." He has trained thousands of people on how to use LinkedIn. We'll go beyond the basics. With 500 million people on LinkedIn, standard strategies aren't enough.

In the program's second segments, listeners call in for a Workover: I try to help them solve their worklife problem.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard every Thursday from 7 to 8 PM on KALW 91.7 FM in San Francisco and worldwide on KALW.org.

On the Jan 11, 2018 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, Drs. Barbara and Marty Nemko debate whether those instruments of torture-- neckties and high-heeled shoes--belong in the dustbin of obsolete workplace attire

In the program's second segment, we debate how to handle an angry coworker and, if we have time, what a burned-out teacher should do?

As usual, we also invite listeners to call in for a Workover. Whatever career conundrum is besetting you or someone you care about, we can usually help.

  On the Dec. 21, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with the reigning World Champion Close-Up FISM Magician, Shin Lim about what it's really like to be a magician. His first appearance on Penn & Teller's Fool Me has 49 million hits.  His return performance was even better:

On the Dec. 6, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, my wife Barbara Nemko and I discuss under-the-radar volunteer opportunities, how to vet them, and how to maximize your chances of converting a volunteer gig into a paid job.

On the  Nov. 30, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talked with Barry Biermann, who was one of the first on the scene at the North Bay Fire, the Atlas Peak Fire.

On the Nov 16, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Julie Dirksen on smart ways to learn on the job and to teach others.

On the Nov. 9, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with 3-times-elected Marin County coroner Ken Holmes. He is the subject of a new book, The Education of a Coroner.

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.

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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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.

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